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Sunday games great for Jets' win column until Rangers came to town

TREVOR HAGAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS</p><p>New York Rangers' Jimmy Vesey (not shown) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, February 11, 2018.</p>

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New York Rangers' Jimmy Vesey (not shown) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Sunday had been so good to the Winnipeg Jets this season — at least until the New York Rangers came to town.

Winnipeg was a perfect 6-0-0 this season when playing on the final day of the weekend, outscoring opponents 26-2 in the process. That included four shutouts by Connor Hellebuyck.

A 7-1 win over Pittsburgh, 5-0 over Ottawa, 4-0 over St. Louis, 5-0 over Edmonton, 4-1 over San Jose and 1-0 over Vancouver.

The Rangers broke up that streak with Sunday's 3-1 win.

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Sunday had been so good to the Winnipeg Jets this season — at least until the New York Rangers came to town.

Winnipeg was a perfect 6-0-0 this season when playing on the final day of the weekend, outscoring opponents 26-2 in the process. That included four shutouts by Connor Hellebuyck.

A 7-1 win over Pittsburgh, 5-0 over Ottawa, 4-0 over St. Louis, 5-0 over Edmonton, 4-1 over San Jose and 1-0 over Vancouver.

The Rangers broke up that streak with Sunday's 3-1 win.

Winnipeg still has four more Sunday games left this season.


Veteran centre Matt Hendricks returned to the Jets lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury.

Forward Marko Dano came out of the lineup as Hendricks took his usual spot on the fourth-line. That bumped Nic Petan over to the wing, along with Jack Roslovic.

Winnipeg still has seven players on the sidelines with injuries: forwards Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev, Shawn Matthias and Brendan Lemieux, defenceman Jacob Trouba and goalies Steve Mason and Michael Hutchinson.


Ondrej Pavelec's homecoming will have to wait.

The long-time Winnipeg Jets starter was expecting to make his first visit back to the city Sunday since signing a free-agent deal with the Rangers last summer. But a knee injury suffered during last Friday's home game against Calgary put those plans on hold.

Pavelec is expected to be out at least two weeks with a sprained MCL.

mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @mikemcintyrewpg

Mike McIntyre

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Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

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