After Winnipeg’s 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Sport three of the NHL’s Western Convention final, Connor Hellebuyck mentioned he appreciated his sport better than Knights counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury’s.
“He’s clearly an enormous a part of that crew and taking part in very nicely,” the Jets goalie mentioned. “However I like my sport. I prefer it much more.”
The growth Golden Knights lead the best-of-seven collection 2-1 with Sport Four again at T-Cellular Area on Friday and Sport 5 in Winnipeg on Sunday.
A Sport 6, if essential, could be Might 22 in Las Vegas and a Sport 7 could be Might 24 in Winnipeg.
When advised of Hellebuyck’s remark Thursday, Maurice replied “Candy.”
Fleury made 33 saves together with 15-of-16 in the third interval when Winnipeg pressed onerous.
Hellebuyck was no slouch with 27 stops, though his miscue taking part in the puck behind Winnipeg’s web in the second interval led to a James Neal objective.
Playoff hockey requires self-assurance, so Maurice was happy to listen to of it from the Jets starter, who turns 25 on Saturday.
Maurice recollects pulling Hellebuyck final season and discovering the rookie undaunted.
“Final 12 months, once I did in reality pull him, I would say, ‘There have been one or two (targets) I did not like, however you had no likelihood on the fourth one.’ He’d say, ‘Oh, I can have the fourth one,”‘ Maurice mentioned.
“It will be throughout the crease, no likelihood in hell he’s getting that puck, and he believes he can cease that puck. I do not plan to stomp that mentality.”
In simply his second NHL season, the six-foot-four, 207-pound Hellebuyck from Commerce, Mich., is one in all three finalists for this 12 months’s Vezina Trophy that goes to the NHL’s prime goaltender.
He’s up towards Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hellebuyck posted 44 regular-season wins, together with 9 straight to finish the season. His playoff save proportion was .922 and his goals-against common was 2.34 in 15 video games.
Fleury owns three Stanley Cup rings from his years with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has performed in 128 profession NHL playoff video games.
Hellebuyck could also be greener than “Flower”, however his Jets teammates insist their goalie would by no means really feel intimidated by the man at the different finish of the ice.
“He’s acquired an especially excessive perception in his capability,” centre Adam Lowry mentioned. “You take a look at the means Carey Value strikes round the web, I see a variety of similarities in the means he strikes all through the crease.
“He’s performed an actual good job of bouncing again after video games the place he hasn’t been thrilled together with his effort.
“He’s been the spine of our crew all 12 months. We have benefited from having such sturdy goaltending at totally different instances all through the 12 months, and he’s nominated for the Vezina for a motive.”