WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP)Tristan Jarry stopped all 32 shots he faced for his 12th career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 on Saturday night.
Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel also scored, and Sidney Crosby had two assists for Pittsburgh. The Penguins won for the third time in five games (3-1-1) after losing seven straight (0-6-1).
Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for Winnipeg, which lost for the third time in 11 games (8-2-1).
The game was scoreless until Zucker took a pass from Evgeni Malkin and beat Hellebuyck over his shoulder 53 seconds into the third period.
Rust doubled the lead after Hellebuyck surrendered the puck to Sidney Crosby, who promptly set up Rust and the right wing capitalized to make it 2-0 with 1:34 left.
Guentzel added an empty-neter with 3.5 seconds remaining.
The Jets held a 23-22 shot advantage through the first 40 minutes as both goalies held down their respective forts. Hellebuyck made a solid save on Pittsburgh’s Ryan Poehling in addition to some quick stops on screened shots.
Josh Morrissey and Cole Perfetti both came close to scoring for Winnipeg during a pair of power plays in the second, but were stoned by Jarry.
Hellebuyck was forced to be sharp facing dangerous shots from Guentzel, Kris Letang, Malkin and Rickard Rakell in the first period. Hellebuyck also stopped Crosby on a partial breakaway after the star took the puck away from Morrissey.
The Jets announced that veteran forward Nikolaj Ehlers is scheduled for a hernia operation and will be out of action. Ehlers, who only played two games this year, is the third forward that Winnipeg has lost to injury this season. The others are Mason Appleton and Morgan Barron, both with wrist injuries. … Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Veteran Kyle Capobianco replaced him again. Defenseman Ville Heinola, who was recently recalled from Manitoba of the AHL, sat out for the second straight game. DeMelo is expected to return on Monday.
Jets forward Kyle Connor played his 400th NHL game.
Penguins: At Chicago on Sunday night to wrap up a three-game trip.
Jets: Host Carolina on Monday night to finish a three-game homestand.
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