Wild Shut Out by Winnipeg’s Rookie Goalie
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Winnipeg rookie Connor Hellebuyck became the first goalie to shut out Minnesota this season, and the Jets used an early goal by Blake Wheeler to beat the Wild 1-0 on Friday night.
Hellebuyck, who won his NHL debut at Minnesota on Nov. 27 with a 3-1 decision, made 24 saves. Detroit is now the only remaining NHL team that hasn't gone scoreless in a game this season.
With Alexander Burmistrov called for tripping with 2:42 left, the Wild had a power play that went to a 6-on-4 when coach Mike Yeo pulled Devan Dubnyk. But the two-man advantage wasn't enough to keep the Wild from falling to 2-5-1 in their last eight home games.
Just 3:07 into the game, the Jets were on the rush as Wheeler patiently worked on Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin before toe-dragging into the slot and sending a wrist shot past Dubnyk.