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Demko gets first shutout as Canucks beat Jets 4-0

Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots for his first career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks scored three goals in the first period and beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 Monday night.

Nate Schmidt, J.T. Miller and Nils Hoglander scored early to help the Canucks end a four losing streak (0-3-1). Elias Pettersson added an empty-netter.

Connor Hellebuyck had 15 saves for Winnipeg, which snapped a four-game winning streak,

Winnipeg Jets' Nathan Beaulieu (88) clears the puck in front of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) as Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) looks for the rebound during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday March 1, 2021. (Fred GreensladeThe Canadian Press via AP)

The teams finish their two-game series Tuesday night in Winnipeg.

After being held to one shot on goal over the first eight-plus minutes, Schmidt sent a fluttering shot from the high slot past a screened Hellebuyck at 8:28 of the first.

A similar play just 18 seconds later doubled Vancouver’s lead. This time Schmidt’s point shot was redirected by Miller.

Winnipeg Jets' Nate Thompson (11) and Dylan DeMelo (2) and Vancouver Canucks' Antoine Roussel (26) and Jay Beagle (83) battle for the puck behind the Jets net during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday March 1, 2021. (Fred GreensladeThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver’s second power-play unit used the same formula to extend the lead at 14:50. Tyler Myers sent a wrist shot from inside the blue line that Hoglander tipped to make it 3-0.

Demko, meanwhile, was steady if unspectacular in the Vancouver net, giving up few rebounds and coming through when needed.

The Jets, who fell to 8-4-1 at home, seemed more inspired in the second period but had difficulty delivering any sustained pressure.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (13) as Canucks' Alexander Edler (23) defends during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday March 1, 2021. (Fred GreensladeThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg pressed at times in the third. Mark Scheifele had two decent chances midway through the period and Blake Wheeler was denied after a crafty deflection on a shot by Sami Niku.

The Jets pulled Hellebuyck with over five minutes left in regulation. Winnipeg hit the post on a deflected shot but Pettersson put the game away at 16:26.

The Canucks had 19 shots on goal and improved to 4-8-0 on the road.

Winnipeg Jets' Neal Pionk (4) checks Vancouver Canucks' Nate Schmindt (88) during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday March 1, 2021. (Fred GreensladeThe Canadian Press via AP)

SCHEDULES

After Tuesday’s game, the Jets will take to the road for 12 of their next 14 games.

The Canucks will return home to kick off a five-game homestand Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

STANDINGS

Vancouver Canucks' Nate Schmindt (88) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Brandon Sutter (20) during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday March 1, 2021. (Fred GreensladeThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg remained in third place in the North, one point behind Edmonton.

Vancouver, sixth in the North, pulled three points behind fourth-place Montreal. However, the Canucks have played five more games than the Canadiens.

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