WINNIPEG- Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 Monday night.
It was the first game for the Jets without rookie star Patrik Laine, who’s out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in last Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Buffalo.
Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets in the first and third periods. Stafford and Ehlers assisted on Byfuglien’s goal at 10:21 of the first period. The big defencemen skated around Flames captain Mark Giordano to fire off a shot past Johnson’s glove for his sixth goal of the season.
Blake Wheeler scored his 12th goal of the season after stretching his stick out to intercept a pass between Calgary defencemen Dennis Wideman and T.J. Brodie in their own zone. Wheeler went in alone straight at Johnson and put a low shot by him on the glove side to make it 2-0 at 3:16 in the third.
Tonight was the first time in their four games in January that the Jets didn’t score at least three goals. The Winnipeg Jets also snapped their two-game home losing streak.
Winnipeg wore their Heritage Classic jerseys for the second time tonight. The third and final time they are scheduled to wear them is Mar. 19 against the Minnesota Wild.
The Flames return home for two games, starting Wednesday against San Jose. Winnipeg hosts Montreal the same night.