Wheeler’s 4th career hat trick propels Jets to shutout win over Avalanche

Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves and Blake Wheeler recorded a hat trick and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche 5-0 on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists and Josh Morrissey scored once and had an assist. Cole Perfetti provided a trio of assists for the Jets (14-6-1).

Hellebuyck’s third shutout of the season, and 31st of his NHL career, kicked off a four-game home game at the Canada Life Center, where the Jets are 8-2 -0 at the start of the season.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 19 shots for Colorado (12-7-1), which began a four-game road trip. It was the second time this season that the Avalanche were shut out.

Winnipeg led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second.

Wheeler opened the scoring for the game at 9:18 of the first, beating Georgiev on the stick side 20 seconds after a power play.

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Wheeler scores 4th career hat trick as Jets knock out Avalanche

Winnipeg beat Colorado 5-0 for its 3rd consecutive victory, Blake Wheeler leading the dance with 3 goals and an assist.

The Avalanche ended the period outscoring the Jets 9-4.

Scheifele appeared to score at 2:05 of the second period, but Colorado passed the coach’s challenge for goalie interference by Wheeler and the goal was canceled.

Less than two minutes later, Morrissey had a point shot into traffic to make it 2-0 at 3:46.

Wheeler scored his sixth goal of the season at 1:07, taking advantage of a pass from Perfetti that put Georgiev out of position.

Colorado edged the Jets 25-14 after the middle period.

Scheifele scored his 12th goal of the season after a quick pass through the front of Kyle Connor’s crease at 1:22 of the third.

Wheeler scored his third goal with 3:51 left when Perfetti sent him a pass to the high slot.

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