Winnipeg Jets blank Detroit Red Wings, 3-0

Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, left, defends Winnipeg left wing Evgeny Svechnikov in the first period Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)

DETROIT (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season and Andrew Copp scored twice in the Winnipeg Jets’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Kyle Connor added an empty-net goal in Winnipeg’s first game since a 7-1 loss in Colorado a week ago and just its fourth since Dec. 19. The Jets, who dressed six players on emergency recall, had seven postponements during that stretch.

Hellebuyck, Copp and Connor are Winnipeg’s three Michigan natives, making it a special night for all involved.

“It must be something in the water here, I guess,” Connor said. “We haven’t played here in awhile. We spent a lot of time here, grew up here, all three of us idolized the Wings growing up.”

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 29 shots for Detroit. The Red Wings were shut out for the fifth time this season. They were playing their first game after a winless three-game road trip.

“I thought we had a slow start — it is tough coming back from a West Coast (swing) and pretty much playing the next day,” center Dylan Larkin said.

The Red Wings had a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds late in the third period and emptied the net for an extra skater. They still couldn’t get the puck past Hellebuyck.


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