Hellebuyck, Jets hang on for win against Canadiens


MONTREAL Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for the Winnipeg Jets, who began a five-game road trip with a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Josh Morrissey, Trevor Lewis, Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp scored for Winnipeg (24-13-3), which is 6-2-1 in its past nine games.

Phillip Danault and Paul Byron scored for Montreal (17-11-9), which lost 3-2 at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Canadiens, who began a six-game homestand, are 1-3-0 in their past four.

Jake Allen, who made 23 saves, lost a second straight game in his first back-to-back starts since the 2017-18 season with the St. Louis Blues.

Morrissey gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into the first period. He took Mathieu Perreault‘s backhand pass in the slot and scored on a wrist shot that went in off the left post.

Danault tied it 1-1 at 1:40 with a backhand on a rebound of Tomas Tatar‘s shot.

Lewis made it 2-1 at 8:03 when he drove to the net and, despite being covered by Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete, got his stick down to tip in Neal Pionk‘s pass from the right side.

Ehlers drove the left side and shot past Allen’s glove at 13:07 for a 3-1 lead.

Byron took advantage of an odd bounce off the glass to make it 3-2. He shot into an open net at 15:14 of the second period when the puck caromed to him after Hellebuyck left the crease to play Jeff Petry‘s dump in along the boards.

Copp scored into an empty net with 38 seconds remaining to make it 4-2.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price missed his second game because of a lower-body injury and will not be available for the end of the two-game set here Saturday (7 p.m., ET; CITY SNE, SNW, TVAS).

Jets forward Blake Wheeler did not travel because of a head injury he sustained when he was elbowed by Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk during Winnipeg’s 4-3 win Monday.

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