The Winnipeg Jets won their seventh road contest in eight tries Friday afternoon, shutting out the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in another scrappy west coast battle.
After picking up a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday, the Jets travelled further south to Anaheim, where they rebounded following their 7-4 loss on October 29th – Winnipeg’s first trip to Anaheim this season – and improved their record to 16-9-1 on the season.
Both Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine had multi-assist nights, while Connor Hellebuyck shut the door on all 24 Ducks shots, helping Winnipeg to a 3-0 win over the suddenly struggling Ducks (11-12-4).
A scoreless first period was highlighted by a Nick Ritchie charging minor on Neal Pionk with just 32 seconds left to play in the first period. After both teams failed to find the scoresheet in the opening period, Pionk and the Jets capitalized early in the second frame on the Ritchie minor.
Pionk blasted a Blake Wheeler offering past netminder John Gibson, giving Winnipeg a 1-0 lead on the power play with his third goal of the season. Patrik Laine picked up the secondary assist on the play. Just eight minutes later, Nikolaj Ehlers finished off a pretty passing play by Wheeler and Josh Morrissey, potting his team-leading 12th goal of the season past Gibson on a perfectly-placed wrist shot from the high slot.
Winnipeg held a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes, before Kyle Connor put the cherry on the top for the visitors just 1:51 into the final frame. Connor’s 10th goal of the season came on a sweet no-look feed from linemate Mark Scheifele behind the Ducks’ net.
Despite being outshot 24-20, the Jets held on for a 3-0 win, as Connor Hellebuyck picked up his 16th career shutout and second of the season, improving his personal record to 13-7-1 on the year with a 2.23 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.
Winnipeg will now travel to Los Angeles for a late-night game against the Kings Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:15 PM central. The game can be viewed live on Sportsnet.