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32 Thoughts Tonight

11/26/2022 at 9:43pm EST

On this edition of 32 thoughts, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss how there could be a new directive after Connor Hellebuyck's mask off incident, the concern of player safety from fans and how the Sabres could be dark horse for Jakob Chychrun.

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Paul

from Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet,

By his own admission, Connor Hellebuyck had time to collect his thoughts and get his emotions in check, but that doesn’t mean the Winnipeg Jets goalie was about to change his tune or keep his mouth shut on an issue he feels strongly about.

As Hellebuyck spoke with reporters inside the bowels of the United Center on Saturday afternoon, he made it crystal clear that he’d done plenty of research on the topic and had come to the conclusion the play should have been stopped after Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn sent his mask flying off after a strap came unbuckled in the final minute of regulation time of Friday’s frenetic finish.

Hellebuyck then went a step further, saying he hopes the play in question leads to a rule change and eliminates some of the grey area that’s surrounding the discussion about the sequence of events that allowed the Stars to score the equalizer with 20 seconds to go in the third period — the Jets goalie down on the ice and covering his unprotected head with his glove hand and his blocker as Jason Robertson shot the puck into the vacated net.

“That play needs to be blown dead,” said Hellebuyck, who made 33 saves as the Jets regrouped to earn a 5-4 overtime victory over the Stars. “There was not an immediate scoring chance after there. There were two passes made and a shot from the point. Those refs made a mistake, but I feel like the rule needs to change so that the war room and the refs have the opportunity to realize they made a mistake. They put me in danger. A lot of bad things could have came from that. Plain and simple, when a goalie’s mask gets knocked off, the play needs to get blown dead.”

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