Playoff Performer of the Night | Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck picked up a franchise record and his first win of the Winnipeg Jets' first-round series against the Nashville Predators Friday night in a 4-1 victory.
Connor Hellebuyck picked up a franchise record and his first win of the Winnipeg Jets' second round series against the Nashville Predators Friday night in a 4-1 victory.
The Vezina Trophy finalist turned aside 47 shots for the most saves in a playoffs game in Jets/ Thrashers' franchise history, surpassing the mark previously set by Johan Hedberg in 2007 and matched by Ondrej Pavelec in 2015. He turned some heads while doing it, too.
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Hellebuyck was tested right out of gates when a determined Nashville offence fired 20 shots on net in the opening frame -- none of which beat the Jets' goalie -- but Brandon Tanev would strike first for the Jets with the game's opening goal. The Jets were up 3-0 in the middle frame before Kevin Fiala broke Hellebuyck's shutout bid 1:23 into the third period, while Mark Scheifele went on to seal the game for the Jets with an empty-netter for his second goal of the night.
The 24-year-old was named first star of the game for his heroics.
Puck drops on Game 2 Sunday before the Western Conference series shifts back to Winnipeg.