Winnipeg Jets: 3 Talking Points as the Jets Win Their 2021 Home Opener

Winnipeg Jets, Pierre-Luc Dubois (80). Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Winnipeg Jets, Pierre-Luc Dubois (80). Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Anaheim Ducks, Sam Steel (23); Winnipeg Jets, Connor Hellebuyck (37). Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Connor Hellebuyck was Back to His Old Form

Hellebuyck was coming into this game not having the best run of performances. In his first three starts of this season, Hellebuyck allowed four or more goals in each game including allowing six on Wednesday in Minnesota.

As I mentioned on the first slide, the Jets gave up an early first period goal to Anaheim and it did not look so well for Hellebuyck and the Jets, but Hellebuyck picked his team up.

The Ducks outshot the Jets 10-4 in the first period, but Hellebuyck stood tall after allowing the first goal and did not let the Ducks capitalize on their other chances.

In total, Anaheim finished the game with 39 shots and Hellebuyck finished the game with 38 saves. He played extremely well and showed why he is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL.

Hellebuyck controlled his rebounds well and was deservedly named the first star of Winnipeg’s first win this year.

As we have seen in years past, the Jets’ success hinges on Hellebuyck’s performances and when Hellebuyck is on his game, the Jets are an extremely tough team to beat.

The Jets will be back in action on Saturday night as they conclude this short two-game homestand with a matchup against the Nashville Predators. Stay tuned to our site tomorrow for a game preview of the Jets vs. Predators game.

Winnipeg Jets Fans: What did you think of the Jets’ 5-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks? Leave your comments below!

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