Ron and Don: Jets’ Byfuglien ‘a force’ finally playing smart hockey

Don Cherry talks about the safety of goalie masks in the NHL vs. juniors and the success of Frederik Andersen, Connoy Hellebuyck and Andrew Hammond in the playoffs so far.

The Winnipeg Jets were like a hot knife through butter in the first round as they took out the Minnesota Wild in five games, and Dustin Byfuglien was a major contributor in the series.

“This guy, I’ve never seen anybody like this guy,” Don Cherry said Saturday during the Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “I mean, he weighs 260 pounds. How are you going to do anything against him?”

The behemoth blueliner registered five assists against the Wild and threw his body around with little regard for his opponents. More importantly, for Cherry at least, is the fact he’s playing more disciplined than he has in previous years.

“He’s smart now,” Cherry added. “He’s not getting dumb-dumb penalties all the time, he’s hitting guys. He is a force so you better get ready.”

The Jets will face the winner of the Predators-Avalanche series, which Nashville currently leads 3-2.

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