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Winnipeg 3, Colorado 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 3, 2018
Where: Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Brad Watson
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 15321
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 25 shots he faced for his record-setting fifth shutout of the season and the 11th shutout of his career, and the Winnipeg Jets cruised to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Bell MTS Place.

Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic and Nikolaj Ehlers scored one goal apiece for the Jets. Winnipeg earned its fifth win in the past seven games as it remains on track to reach the postseason for only the second time since the franchise relocated from Atlanta before the start of the 2011-12 season.

Colorado was shut out for the second time this season and the first time since Oct. 27 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Carl Soderberg led the Avalanche with four shots on goal.

Hellebuyck stopped 10 shots in the first period, four shots in the second period and 11 shots in the third period to improve to 27-6-8. He topped his previous single-season record of four shutouts, which he set in 2016-17.

Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 31 shots to fall to 13-10-2. The Avalanche pulled Varlamov for an extra attacker in the final minutes, but Ehlers scored into an empty net to seal the outcome.

Winnipeg capitalized on an early power play to grab a 1-0 advantage 2:27 after the opening faceoff. Laine blasted a one-timer from the left circle for his 24th goal of the season and his third goal in the past four games. Blake Wheeler set up Laine's goal with a pinpoint, cross-ice pass.

Roslovic put Winnipeg on top 2-0 with 14:43 remaining in the third period. He beat Varlamov with a wrist shot for his second goal in 11 games this season. Wheeler assisted on the tally, and his second helper of the contest increased his team-leading production to 58 points (15 goals, 44 assists) in 53 games. He is on track to beat his single-season record of 78 points set two seasons ago.

Ehlers finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with less than 18 seconds remaining.

Winnipeg improved to 19-3-2 at home. Colorado fell to 10-12-3 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Colorado   Winnipeg
N/A Points Blake Wheeler 2
N/A Goals Nikolaj Ehlers 1
N/A Assists Blake Wheeler 2
N/A Power Play Goals Patrik Laine 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov .935 Save Percentage Connor Hellebuyck 1.000
Semyon Varlamov 29 Saves Connor Hellebuyck 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 25 0 0-1 1-2 4 28
Winnipeg 32 3 1-2 1-1 2 29
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Jets have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .652 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .552 after a win and .545 after a loss.