3 Down, 13 to go!! Vezina Trophy nominee, Conner Hellebucyk, leads Jets to a 2-0 win and 3-1 strangle hold on the series!! by Chuck Duboff

Great Helly save

Helleybucyk with the spectacular save!

© Chuck Duboff

  • That is the kind of goaltending that wins you Stanley Cups; you could tell early on that Conner Hellebucyk was in his zone…and that one spectacular glove save is a big part of the reason the Jets are up 3-1 in the series this morning!!
  • Vezina Trophy Nominee…for a Winnipeg Jet!!  How much sweeter can this season get; once again, after a shaky game 3 performance, Bucky came out and stonewalled the Minnesota Wild.IMG_3493 (1)
  • Though he only played six minutes, full marks to Tucker Poolman, a rookie…playing his first NHL playoff game, the kid didn’t look out of place.
  • The Scheifele line was making things happen all night…and number 55 was at his absolute best.   He was flying out there, making great defensive plays, while being a dominating factor in the Minnesota zone.  It looks like Scheif has taken it to another level in his personal development…and hi goal to be a great centre in the NHL. 


  • The Josh Morrissey hit on Eric Stahl…my take; yes, that should have been a penalty..no question about it; but, for Boudreau to say it cost them the game…give me a break.  Calls are missed, just like the “questionable” hit on Tyler Myers.  Boudreau feels the collar tightening and rather than commenting on the fact that the Wild didn’t score for another 2 1/2 periods, he chose to blame it on the refs.  TSN analyst Dave Poulin doesn’t think it warrants a suspension, but, that being said…I wouldn’t be surprised if Morrissey got sat down for a game.
  • Jets need a healthy Toby Enstrom and Tyler Myers for Friday’s game in the ‘peg.   If Morrissey has to miss a game, we need both of those guys ready to play…I’m sorry, Sami Niku is a great story…but, he’s not ready for NHL playoff hockey.
  • I dare say that Big Buff is playing the best hockey of his career.  He is a force whenever he is on the ice…he’s laying out punishing hits on  Wild players and playing a smart defensive game.  In fact you can hear him shouting out instructions to players on the ice, what they should do with the puck.  He’s so freakin engaged into the game!!Buff hit
  • Jacob Trouba hasn’t been playing up to the standards we expect of him; again in the first period he had a couple of bad giveaways in his own zone; he usually plays with such a high degree of confidence, it’s surprising to see him make such glaring mistakes.  Got to get him back to playing up to the level he is capable of.
  • Speaking of getting a player up to a higher level…what is the deal with Brian Little; he is almost invisible on the ice.  He’s got to be playing with some sort of injury, because that sure isn’t the player we’ve come to watch over the years.
  • Kyle Conner and Jack Roslovic are a joy to watch; they skate like the wind, have silky smooth hands and have the energy of raw rookies!!
  • Something is missing on the 25, 27, 29 line…can’t put my finger on it; I don’t know that you mix things up with the lines…but somehow all that talent has to get in sync!!!  I do love the great back checking by Laine.
  • Up 3 games to 1; game 5 in Winnipeg; a deciding game!!  Forecast +13 and sunshine for Friday…what’s your guess?  15,000?  20,000 people on the”runway on Donald Street”  That could be one Giant Party in downtown Winnipeg on Friday night!! 


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