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Hellebuyck stops 29 shots, Jets beat Canucks 1-0

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and the Winnipeg Jets extended their home winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 21st goal in the first period.

Hellebuyck picked up his 25th win for the Jets, who moved into first place in the Central Division, one point ahead of idle Nashville.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck reacts after getting a stick to the eye from teammate Josh Morrissey on a play in front of the net during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots for the Canucks, who had lost 5-2 to Edmonton the night before. It was Nilsson’s sixth straight loss.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Laine in front, and he gave his team the lead at 11:45 of the first period.

The Jets had their second power play of the game midway through the third. Dustin Byfuglien rang a shot off the post and Kyle Connor had a quick shot stopped by Nilsson.

Hellebuyck got a cut around his right eye after being hit by an errant stick when teammate Josh Morrissey and Canucks forward Thomas Vanek got tangled up in the crease with under four minutes left in the game. A trainer came out to tend to the wound, and then play continued.

NOTES: Canucks center Bo Horvat was back on the ice after missing 18 games with a broken bone in his foot suffered on Dec. 5.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Jets: Play at San Jose on Tuesday night.

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Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) is tended to after getting a stick to the eye from teammate Josh Morrissey during a play in front of the goal during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) is tended to after getting a stick to the eye from teammate Josh Morrissey during a play in front of the goal during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kneels on the ice after being hit by the stick of teammate Josh Morrissey during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck kneels on the ice after being hit by the stick of teammate Josh Morrissey during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice speaks to officials as goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) reacts after getting a stick in the eye from Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice speaks to officials as goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) reacts after getting a stick in the eye from Josh Morrissey (44) during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler (23) collides with Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) during firs-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler (23) collides with Winnipeg Jets’ Blake Wheeler (26) during firs-period NHL hockey game action in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

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