Hellebuyck, Jets blank Wild 1-0 behind Wheeler's goal
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.