WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck’s Winnipeg Jets teammates got more evidence the rookie goalie has a bright future.
Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots and Drew Stafford scored twice to lead the Jets to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
It was the 22-year-old Hellebuyck’s second NHL game, and followed up a 3-1 victory against Minnesota last Friday night.
“He’s calm in the net. He doesn’t get scrambly, he doesn’t get rattled very easily,” said Jets center Mark Scheifele, who had a goal and two assists. “I think that’s a big thing in a young goaltender, that he’s able to not crack under that pressure. He’s been awesome for us and you know he’s going to be a pretty special goalie.”
Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Anthony Peluso also scored for the Jets, and Mathieu Perrault also had two assists.
Michael Grabner scored his first goal of the season for Toronto, and rookie Garret Sparks — also playing his second pro game…