Coyotes’ 4-game winning streak ends after loss to Jets
Mar 21, 2023, 8:35 PM
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a needed 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, who won for the second time in five games. Hellebuyck recorded his 31st victory in his 55th start of the season.
Barrett Hayton scored and Karel Vejmelka had 23 saves as Arizona snapped a four-game win streak and eight-game point streak (6-0-2).
Ehlers gave the Jets a rare first goal when he stole the puck after a bad Arizona pass attempt, skated in alone on Vejmelka and slapped in his own rebound at 4:17 of the first period.
The Jets came in having given up the first goal in five straight games and nine of their previous 10.
Lowry made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal on a 2-on-1 with Morgan Barron with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first.
Hellebuyck made a huge save early in the second that drew loud cheers from the crowd at Canada Life Centre.
After Nick Schmaltz’s shot hit the post, the puck was in play out front. Michael Kesselring then sent a backhand shot straight at the net but Hellebuyck, from the side of the crease, reached his stick out along the ice and redirected the puck away.
Hayton scored his 15th off a rebound with 8:14 left in the middle period to pull the Coyotes to 2-1. It extended his point streak to eight games (five goals, eight assists).
Winnipeg was outshot 18-3 in the second and didn’t have a shot on goal for the final 16:14 of the period.
The Jets had a pair of power plays close together early in the third, including a four-minute advantage when Arizona’s Liam O’Brien received a double minor for high-sticking Winnipeg forward Vladislav Namestnikov in the face, but they couldn’t extend their lead.
Winnipeg ended the third period on the power play and finished 0 for 6. Arizona was 0-for-3.
KELLER KEEPS COOKING
Coyotes leading-scorer Clayton Keller extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Hayton’s goal. He has seven goals and 10 assists during the run, and 76 points in 71 games.
Keller also tied Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon for the second-most points since the NHL all-star break. They both have 35 points during that span. Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has the most points (44) since the break.
Winnipeg leading-scorer Kyle Connor hasn’t scored a goal in 11 consecutive games. … Blake Wheeler has no goals in his past 18 games and Mark Scheifele only has two assists in his past six games.
Coyotes: At Edmonton on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game trip.
Jets: At Anaheim on Thursday night in the opener of a three-game trip.