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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 50 shots he faced to earn the shutout and Jets captain Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists as the Winnipeg Jets trounced the Ottawa Senators 5-0 Sunday night. The shutout was his first of the season and 7th of his NHL career. Wheeler's 4 point night vaulted him into first place in assists with 28 on the season. "They showed it on the board and guys started saying stuff and whatever. It’s not what I’m out here trying to do, to be honest with you. It’s about trying to play how we’re trying to play every single night. That’s the gist of of what Scheif and I have tried to do this year, play fast, play hard every single night. When we’re doing that, we’re going to create chances. Sometimes they’re all going to seem to go in but even on nights where they’re not going in, we still want to have an impact on the game.” The win was their 5th straight at home and solidified their hold on 1st place overall in the Western Conference standings with 38 on the season (17-6-4). Patrick Laine and Tyler Myers scored singles for Winnipeg. Matthieu Perreault had a goal and two assists and Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist. Mike Condon and Craig Anderson combined to stop 45 shots for Ottawa, who dropped to a game under .500 with the loss (9-10-6). Ottawa continues a four-game road trip Wednesday in Anaheim. Winnipeg begins a three-game trip Tuesday in Detroit. The Jets got on the board early with a power play goal when Mark Scheifele scored 2:20 into the opening stanza with a power play marker, converting a cross ice feed from Blake Wheeler to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. The goal was his 14th of the season. Matthieu Perreault made it 2-0 six minutes into the contest, tipping a Jacob Trouba shot from the point past Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon. The goal was his 7th of the season. Blake Wheeler made it 3-0 off a nifty behind the net pass from Mark Scheifele at 3:18 of the 2nd period. Perreault narrowly missed a scoring chance in front of the Ottawa goal and chased the puck to the left corner before getting the puck to Scheifele, who didn't wait and fired a slick pass to Wheeler in the high slot which the Jets captain one timed past Condon to score his 7th goal of the season. Winnipeg's power play struck again at 6:20. With the Jets enjoying a two-man advantage Patrick Laine one timed a Blake Wheeler feed past Condon to score his 13th goal of the season. Tyler Myers made it 5-0 off a blast from the point at 6:50. Bryan Little slid the disc to the Jets defenceman from the side boards which he simply blasted past a shocked Condon. Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher had seen enough and pulled Condon in favor of Craig Anderson. There was no scoring in the third period. Boucher didn't mince words following the game. “We jumped on and we weren't very smart. We took a penalty on a change-up for no reason, two guys changing for the same guy. “We took some other penalties. We didn't play well on the penalty kill. We weren't menacing on the power play, either. The work ethic wasn't as high as theirs. “Right now, (the Jets) are firing from all cylinders and they play great and we did not at all so that's a recipe for disaster and we've got to move on.” “Can't stay here and say we were coming here and we're going to shellack these guys. We were well aware that these guys were shellacking everybody. “I just thought we were going to get a much better pushback and a much better shooting mentality. That's what we've got to go back to. We've got the guys to be able to do that.” Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said the win was a good one but his club has to move on. “We were pretty solid right through. I thought it was a real powerful, long start… It’s a good win, but we’ll absolutely leave this one here. That wasn’t Ottawa’s best game.” SHOTS-OTTAWA 21 WINNIPEG 49 ATTENDANCE-15,294
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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Canada home.
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