VANCOUVER — Connor Hellebuyck made 22 saves to help the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at Rogers Arena on Monday.
It was the first shutout this season for Hellebuyck, who had allowed at least three goals in his previous eight starts.
Adam Lowry scored twice for the Jets (19-11-2), who bounced back after losing consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
Thatcher Demko made 25 saves for the Canucks (16-17-3), who lost in regulation for the first time in six games (4-1-1).
The teams will complete the two-game set here Wednesday.
Blake Wheeler put Winnipeg ahead 1-0 at 9:41 of the first period, shooting five-hole on Demko from the right circle on a 2-on-1.
Lowry made it 2-0 at 2:07 of the third period on another 2-on-1 when his pass attempt deflected off Canucks defenseman Travis Hamonic‘s stick and over Demko.
Lowry then extended the lead to 3-0 at 8:42 with a backhand at the right post after receiving a one-touch pass across the crease by Andrew Copp.
Paul Stastny made it 4-0 at 17:00 from alone in the slot as Demko scrambled back into his crease after initially heading to the bench for an extra attacker before Vancouver turned it over in the neutral zone.
The Canucks played without center Brandon Sutter, who was a late scratch, and lost center Bo Horvat early in the third period after he was hit by a slap shot on his left skate.