ARIZONA COYOTES

Winnipeg Jets send Arizona Coyotes to 9th straight loss

Jan 15, 2023, 8:15 PM
Arizona Coyotes defenceman Jakob Chychrun (6) defends Winnipeg Jets center Karson Kuhlman (20) in f...

Arizona Coyotes defenceman Jakob Chychrun (6) defends Winnipeg Jets center Karson Kuhlman (20) in front of Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blake Wheeler’s goal in the second period proved to be the winner as the Winnipeg Jets beat Arizona 2-1 on Sunday night and dealt the Coyotes their ninth straight loss.

Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored for the Jets, who have won three straight and improved to 8-1-0 in their last nine. Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for Winnipeg, which has won five straight home games.

Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes, who were coming off a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday night. Karel Vejmelka stopped 22 shots for Arizona, which last lost nine straight in regulation in October-November 2021. The Coyotes also have a 13-game winless streak on the road (0-11-2).

There was no scoring in the first period, when the Jets outshot the Coyotes 12-4.

Winnipeg went on its first power play with 23 seconds left in the first and capitalized on it 37 seconds into the second period after Dubois tipped in a shot by Josh Morrissey for his 20th goal of the season.

On Arizona’s their fifth shot of the game, Keller tied it at 11:02 of the second with a tight-angled shot that beat Hellebuyck.

Wheeler gave his team the 2-1 lead with a shot from the circle at 16:45 after a passing sequence with Cole Perfetti and Mark Scheifele.

Arizona defenseman Josh Brown hit the post early in the third period, quickly followed by Dubois also clanging a puck off the iron during a Winnipeg power play.

Hellebuyck also stymied Nick Schmaltz on a close-in shot with two minutes remaining.

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