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Connor Hellebuyck makes 36 saves, Jets beat Canadiens 4-2

Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Thursday night to open a five-game trip.

Josh Morrissey, Trevor Lewis, Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp scored for the Jets. The improved to 24-13-3, with only two regulation losses in their last nine games.

Phillip Danault and Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens, and Jake Allen made 23 saves.

Montreal Canadiens' Phillip Danault (24) falls to the ice as he battles for a loose puck with Winnipeg Jets' Logan Stanley (64) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens starting goalie Carey Price is not expected to be available until next week because of a lower-body injury.

The teams will complete the two-game set in Montreal on Saturday night.

Winnipeg Jets center Trevor Lewis (23) celebrates his goal with teammates Jansen Harkins (12) and Nate Thompson (11) as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen (34), Eric Staal (12) and Victor Mete (53) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) makes a save as Montreal Canadiens' Eric Stall looks for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) makes a save as Montreal Canadiens' Eric Stall and Jets' Josh Morrissey (44) look for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) catches his mask after making a save as Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin (92) and Jets' Neal Pionk (4) battle for the rebound during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)

Montreal Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) and Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) go after a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Montreal. (Ryan RemiorzThe Canadian Press via AP)