Canucks run into hot goaltender as road woes against Jets continue
You would never know it by the drive downtown from the airport, but Winnipeg was transformed in the 15 years the city was without a National Hockey League team.
It must have been. Hard to believe, but Gotham on the Prairies was once a friendly place for the Vancouver Canucks to visit. The Canucks rolled through Winnipeg a couple of times in the playoffs in the early 1990s. They once scored eight goals in one playoff game at the old Winnipeg Arena.
In their last eight games in Winnipeg, the Canucks have scored five times. Total. Somehow, Vancouver hasn’t won any of those eight games with this offensive output.
The city has been a frigid hell for the Canucks since the Jets returned to Manitoba in 2011. On Tuesday, Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves as the Jets won 4-0 for their 10th straight victory against the Canucks.
The difference in this game is that the Canucks actually played well enough to win, outshooting the Jets 41-25 and either hitting the post or missing the target on a bushel of other scoring chances.
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Goals by Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic and Blake Wheeler gave Winnipeg a 3-0 lead in the first 22 minutes before the Jets essentially handed the game to Hellebuyck and said: “Here, you take it.” Connor eventually scored another into an empty net.
Hellebuyck was brilliant. He was lucky, too, but brilliant as his 18th career shutout set a new franchise record and lifted the Jets into a tie with the Canucks in the Western Conference playoff race. Each …read more