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Connor Hellebuyck Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

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Connor Hellebuyck Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

The National Hockey League announced its Three Stars of the Week late Monday morning. Leading the way was Winnipeg Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck, who took home the league’s First Star of the Week honours for the timeframe spanning April 5-11.

The 27-year-old goaltender went 3-0-0 on the week with a .938 save percentage and a 1.67 goals against average. In his sixth-consecutive start, the reigning 2019-20 Vezina Trophy winner put up his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 dismantling of the Montreal Canadiens.

On the season, Hellebuyck now has a 20-10-3 record, while going 4-1-1 in his last six starts, helping his team to a second-place spot in the North Division. He continues to lead the league in shots faced (1,014), saves made (934) and minutes played (1,960). Hellebuyck has appeared in a league-leading 33 games, while sitting third in wins (20).

Beginning his stellar week with a 20-save performance in the Jets’ 4-3 victory over Ottawa, Hellebuyck picked up the slack on Thursday, turning aside 36 of 38 pucks as he helped his teammates beat the Canadiens 4-2. Two days later was his 5-0 shutout over the Habs, to which he made 19 saves.

Hellebuyck now joins Nikolaj Ehlers (March 15 – Third Star) as the only two members of the Jets to see their names listed in the league’s highlighted players of the week segment this season. Last year, the Jets had three players take the weekly honours. The First Star selection was Hellebuyck’s second of his career (January 1, 2018), while also taking the Second Star on January 22, 2018).

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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