Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Josh Morrissey to have hearing with Dept. of Player Safety

Josh Morrissey to have hearing with Dept. of Player Safety

"He deserves that (Vezina finalist) accolade, for sure". Hellebuyck will have far tougher shutouts than this, though he made a couple of fabulous stops, the kind that make the difference between a punctual flight home Tuesday evening and an overtime that could have ended who knows how?

After allowing six goals on 22 shots and getting pulled for the third period of a 6-2 loss in Game 3 on Sunday, the 24-year-old bounced back with 30 saves for his first National Hockey League playoff shutout, resuming the excellent play he has given the Jets all season.

The agitation in the arena spiked a little later in the first period, when the Jets kept the puck in the Wild zone after a failed clearing attempt and Kyle Connor fed Scheifele with a slick give-and-go pass for the 1-0 lead right before the first intermission. Game 5 is Friday night in Winnipeg. There's not much more you can say.

"He cross-checked me", Staal said. Had the play been whistled, the Wild would have had an extended 5-on-3 advantage of at least one minute. He is the Wild's all-time playoffs leader with 14 goals and 31 points, and including his time with New Jersey he's the most accomplished postseason skater on the roster with 74 career points in the playoffs.

The two teams would go on to trade scoring chances until late in the third period, when Scheifele iced the game with an empty net goal.

Especially in the third period, when the Wild tried to push the pace but managed just nine shots on goal. Devan Dubnyk was nothing short of fantastic himself, posting 26 saves.

Is it too soon to suggest that the undermanned Wild - they are missing $196 million worth of talent in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter - are simply no match for the Winnipeg Jets?

On the Jets side of thing, Morrissey said he was able to watch the incident after the game, which he termed accidental.

The result created some bad (if predictable) blood between two cousins who attended the game: Minnesota resident David Dube and Winnipegger Luc Dube.

With Tobias Enstrom and Dmitry Kulikov already on the shelf with injuries, the loss of yet another defender was the last thing the Jets needed to hear. Jets coach Paul Maurice offered no update Wednesday on their status. "It cost us the game", Boudreau said. They were looking right at it but they told us they didn't see it. It was also the first playoff shutout in the history of the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise.

A lot has been made of the brutal cross check delivered by the Jets, Josh Morrissey, on Eric Staal.

No call was made, and the game continued - even as Staal dropped to the ice in pain.

Morrissey, who has blossomed into one of the top shutdown defenders in the game, was not assessed a penalty by referees Steve Kozari and Brian Pochmara.

That goal provided the Jets with a 1-0 lead with just 28 seconds left. Boudreau said he saw the "sadness on his face" after learning of the diagnosis on Monday. "The refs looked at it and they decided not to call it because we were already on the power play. Dubnyk played a solid game, but we're happy to grind that one out". But let's look at the remainder of that powerplay where Charlie Coyle had three shooting opportunities and he was unable to get one of them through to the net. He did so with 30 saves, including a game-changing cross-crease sliding glove save on Mat Dumba.

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