November 18, 2019

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Shutting down the best

Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season. (CP)

Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots for his first shutout of the season.

The Winnipeg Jets kept the world's best player off the scoresheet and halted a three-game losing skid in the process Sunday night.

Edmonton's all-star centre Connor McDavid had some chances, including a breakaway in overtime, but couldn't convert and the Jets survived with a 1-0 shootout victory over the Oilers at Bell MTS Place.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine both fired pucks past Oilers goalie Mike Smith in the shootout, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid to put an exclamation point on his first shutout of the season.

Free Press columnist Mike McIntyre and hockey writer Jason Bell provide the details.

The Jets (5-5-0) close out a five-game homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings. After that, they get set for the Heritage Classic outdoor game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday night in Regina.

Meawhile, the Bombers have today off before beginning preparations for a big rematch with the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night at IG Field. Winnipeg suffered a 37-33 loss in Calgary on Saturday night.

Football writer Jeff Hamilton provides his five takeaways from a disappointing defeat. 


Our coverage

  • Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine celebrates after scoring the winner to end the shootout after only two rounds. (FRED GREENSLADE / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine celebrates after scoring the winner to end the shootout after only two rounds.

    Low on Oil: Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith and Winnipeg Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck solved all shooters through regulation and overtime, and Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored the only goals in the shootout as the Jets won 1-0.
  • A little TLC in his game: Only two of the Tanev-Lowry-Copp line remain, but forward Jack Roslovic is still using that shutdown line as inspiration for his game.
  • Close only counts in horseshoes: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued their second-half woes, ultimately falling to the Calgary Stampeders after rocketing out to a surprise lead at half-time.
  • Home cooking fizzles: Manitoba's Jennifer Jones, Kerri Einarson and Tracy Fleury were strong contenders at the CanadInns Womens' Classic in Portage la Prairie, but it was Switzerland's Elena Stern and Ontario's Rachel Homan battling in the final. Stern beat Homan 7-6 in extra ends and without the hammer.

What we're reading

  • Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97)  ( JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97)

    These trios are trouble: It's early but several NHL lines are proving deadly, none moreso than the Connor McDavid crew. (The Hockey News)
  • Time to develop: Neither of the NHL's top picks, Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, have lit it up, yet, but signs are there these kids will be stars. (Sports Illustrated)
  • Not an indicator: Drouin's low icetime minutes doesn't represent his value to the Canadiens. (Montreal Gazette)

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) and left wing Kyle Connor (81).  (Trevor Hagan / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES)

    Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) and left wing Kyle Connor (81).

    He's got some thoughts: FP columnist Mike McIntyre offers five suggestions on what the Jets should do to get back on track.
  • Big night for Little: The Jets veteran centre finally makes his '19-'20 season debut after being sidelined with a concussion.
  • The straw that stirs: The metrics show Kyle Connor makes Nikolaj Ehlers a very dangerous player.

On tap

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler, left, gets away from Calgary Stampeders' Mike Rose. (Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler, left, gets away from Calgary Stampeders' Mike Rose.

    A royal visit: The L.A. Kings visit town to take on the Jets in NHL action Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
  • Final regular-season test: The Blue Bombers play their last contest of the 2019 CFL season Friday when they host the Calgary Stampeders at 7:30 p.m. at IG Field.

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