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Final Look: Power Play, Activated

Arizona's power play goes 2-for-2, Dvorak scores twice, Kuemper makes a season-high 38 saves

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

GAME #5: ARIZONA (4) at WINNIPEG (2)

SOG: ARI - 35, WPG - 40

PP: ARI - 2/2, WPG - 2/6

ARI SCORING: Garland (3) (Ekman-Larsson, Schmaltz) - 19:52/1st, Dvorak PPG (1) (Kessel, Ekman-Larsson) - 5:11/2nd, Schmaltz PPG (3) (Oesterle. Soderberg) - 7:21/2nd, Dvorak (2) (Schmaltz) - 17:47/2nd

COL SCORING: Scheifele PPG (4) (Laine, Morrissey) - 7:35/1st, Connor PPG (3) (Scheifele, Morrissey) - 4:58/3rd

FULL BOX SCORE

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> POWER SWITCH <

Power play, activated.

The Coyotes struck twice on the man advantage in a 2:10 minute span to build a two-goal lead in the second period, never looking back as they skated to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place.

It was the team's first win in Winnipeg since the Jets/Thrashers franchise relocated from Atlanta following the 2010-11 season. Since then, the Coyotes had posted a record of 0-8-2 in Manitoba.

Following the game, head coach Rick Tocchet credited the win to head equipment manager Stan Wilson, who has been with the Coyotes since the team moved to the Valley in 1996 and originally started as the Jets' equipment manager in 1990.

"Stan Wilson read the lineup," Tocchet shared. "We had to break the goose-egg. He's never done that before. Stan was the reason we won tonight, I really believe that. Karma."

Nick Schmaltz put up a team-high three points, including the game-winning goal via a power play wrister prior to the midway mark of the second. He has now scored in three consecutive games.

Christian Dvorak , with two goals on the evening, snapped the Coyotes' power play drought early in the second and added another with an even-strength beauty, finding the top-shelf with a well-placed short side shot.

Darcy Kuemper made a season-high 38 saves to earn his second win of the season.

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> THEY SAID IT <

"We played a pretty good game; we came out strong in the second and that's what we needed to do. The power play got clicking, it looked good in Colorado too, so that's going to be huge if we can keep that up."

Conor Garland, on the keys to tonight's win against the Jets

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

You can't say enough about Darcy Kuemper's performance, once again.

Arguably his biggest save of the evening, coming smack-dab in between the Coyotes' back-to-back power play goals, preserved Arizona's lead and eventually fed the transition that led to Nick Schmaltz's tally.

Calm and cool, Kuemper stoned Adam Lowry as the Jets forward fled in on a shorthanded breakaway, shutting the door on his attempt to go five-hole.

And then, equally as impressive, there's the Coyotes' defensive corps, which played determined in its first game without nucleus Niklas Hjalmarsson . Arizona blocked 14 shots on the night, its second-highest total of the season.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Slick with his wrists while utilizing two screens, one courtesy a Jets defender and the other via Carl Soderberg 's big body, Nick Schmaltz deposited to the blocker side to increase the Coyotes' lead to 3-1 with 12 minutes to play in the second period.

The time and space was there, sure, but more impressive was Schmaltz's last-second adjustment made as he let go with his shot, pulling the puck inward while Hellebuyck's vision was impaired to give the puck its own eyes.

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Alex Goligoski and Oliver Ekman-Larsson skate to join Conor Garland in celebration moments after the Coyotes' scrappy forward redirected Ekman-Larsson's point shot past Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck to tie the game 1-1 with six seconds remaining in the first period. (Photo: Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

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