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Connor Hellebuyck makes 28 saves, Jets beat Senators 4-1

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves and Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler each scored to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Thursday night.

Winnipeg opened the three-game series Tuesday night with a 4-3 overtime victory in Ottawa. They will meet again Saturday night in Winnipeg.

Chris Tierney ended Hellebuyck’s shutout bid with 2:57 left.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck celebrates as the buzzer sounds to end the team's NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian WyldThe Canadian Press via AP)

The Jets improved to 3-1-0. The Senators are 1-2-1.

Ehlers opened the scoring the scoring midway through the first period, beating goalie Matt Murray between the legs with a wrist shot from the high slot.

Ehlers helped make it a 2-0 game early in the second period. He made a pass from the corner to Kyle Connor, who directed it to the side of the goal for Scheifele to sweep in.

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk, left, and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Nathan Beaulieu fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian WyldThe Canadian Press via AP)

The Jets pulled away with two more goals in the second.

Derek Forbort made a bank pass off the side boards to spring Trevor Lewis, who deked Murray but watched the puck hit the post. Lowry banged it in.

Moments later, Connor knocked down a poor clearing attempt and flipped it to Scheifele for a one-time pass to Wheeler.

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele, left, and Kyle Connor, right, congratulate Blake Wheeler on his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian WyldThe Canadian Press via AP)

Murray made 22 saves in the fist two periods. Marcus Hogberg stopped all three shots he faced in the third.