Hellebuyck makes 33 saves, Copp scoring twice as the Jets’ brilliant Red Wings

DETROIT – 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 Thursday night.

Kyle Connor added an empty goal in Winnipeg’s first game since a 7-1 loss to Colorado a week ago and just the fourth since Dec. 19. The Jets, who dressed six players in an emergency call, received seven suspensions during that stretch.

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 29 shots for Detroit. The Red Wings were shut out for the fifth time this season.

Copp opened the scoring at 5:41 in the first period. He kicked a shot near the left boards that deflected defender Nick Leddy and chromed behind Nedeljkovic. Defender Dylan Samberg, who made his NHL debut, was credited with an assist.

Copp’s second goal and 10th of the season came just after Winnipeg killed a penalty kick. He lifted a shot over Nedeljkovic’s right shoulder midway through the second period.

The Red Wings had a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds late in the third period and cleared the net for an extra skater. They still could not get the puck past Hellebuyck. Connor fired the puck from his own zone just before the second penalty kick for his 20th goal of the season.

GAME NOTES

The Jets are 12-0 when they lead after two periods. … Paul Stastny, Brenden Dillon and Eric Comrie joined a handful of other Jets players in the COVID protocol on Thursday. … Declan Chisholm made his NHL debut for Winnipeg. … The Red Wings placed center Carter Rowney on injured reserve, with retroactive effect until January 4th. ? Detroit’s Dylan Larkin and Winnipeg’s Connor were selected to play in the All-Star Weekend. … The teams meet in Winnipeg on April 6th.

NEXT

Jets: In Washington Tuesday night.

Red Wings: Host Buffalo Saturday night.

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