Hellebuyck stopped 33 of 36 shots in Saturday's 3-2 Game 6 loss to St.Louis. With the win, the Blues advance to the second round of the 2018-19 playoffs. Hellebuyck put his team behind the eight-ball early Saturday, allowing a weak goal to beat him just 23 seconds into the game. Winnipeg's goaltender played well from there and stood little chance on the other two goals that beat him, but ultimately, Hellebuyck's effort wasn't good enough to keep his team's season alive. As a result, Winnipeg's offseason will kick off far earlier than anticipated, and big changes could be forthcoming following this disappointing crash landing out of the postseason.
Hellebuyck will defend the cage for Game 6 against the Blues, who are playing host to the contest, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Oddly enough, Hellebuyck has won both road games in this series, while averaging three goals allowed in the other three contests in front of the home crowd. Still, Winnipeg's go-to netminder has performed reasonably well in the postseason in his young career, with a .920 save percentage between 22 starts besting his progressive regular-season average (.915).
Hellebuyck made 26 saves in a 3-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 on Thursday. Hellebuyck's game has gone up and down like a yo-yo this season and it's been no different this postseason. The Jets were up 2-0 heading into the third Thursday night and Hellebuyck surrendered three goals, including the winner with just 15 seconds left. He has now lost all three home games this postseason. The good news is he's won both road games, so heading into St. Louis on Saturday could give him the advantage. Maybe.
Hellebuyck will guard the goal in Thursday's Game 5 against the Blues in Winnipeg, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Hellebuyck was fantastic in Tuesday's Game 4, turning aside 31 of 32 shots en route to a highly impressive series-tying road victory. The American backstop will look to stay dialed in and pick up his first home win of this postseason Thursday.
Hellebuyck steered away 31 of 32 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 win versus the Blues in overtime. Hellebuyck showed signs of weakness through the first three games, but those weren't visible Tuesday night. The 25-year-old netminder stood strong, allowing just one goal to Vladimir Tarasenko, who was on the power play. The Jets will head home and look to gain their first series lead.
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