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Recap: Coyotes Can't Complete Comeback vs. Jets

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

WINNIPEG -- Clayton Keller scored two goals in the third period, but a spirited comeback attempt by the Coyotes came up short vs. Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon at Bell MTS Place. 

The Jets beat Arizona, 5-3, to remain undefeated in their home rink vs. the Coyotes since returning to the NHL in 2011-12. The Coyotes are 0-8-2 in 10 games played at Winnipeg, the city they called home before moving to Phoenix in 1996.

Arizona trailed by two goals after two periods, but twice Keller pulled them to within one tally. Down 3-1, Keller scored his first goal via a one-timer from the right circle at 3:50 of third period. Trailing 4-2, Keller scored his second goal from just about the same spot with a wrist shot at 11:53.

"It's good to see some go in," said Keller, who scored just one goal in the first six games. "We played hard tonight. We stuck with it. We didn't give up. We were right there. We learned a lot about our team tonight."

Video: Keller: We Played Hard

Winnipeg got third-period goals from Mathieu Perrault and Blake Wheeler (into an empty net) to counter Keller's late heroics.

• The Coyotes got a late power play with 5:38 left in the game but couldn't convert it into a game-tying goal. Arizona finished 0 for 4 on the power play and is just 2 for 19 this season with a man advantage (10.5 percent). That ranks 28th in the NHL.

"l'm proud of the guys," Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "They played hard ... (The Jets) are a good hockey club. They're built to win the Stanley Cup. They're a big, strong team and they've got sharpshooters. That don't need much for a chance to score, and I thought we did a diligent job ... We were undermanned and guys worked hard. Five-on-five, I thought we played really well. Their special teams won it for them."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied a career-high by assisting on all three of Arizona's goals. It was the fifth three-assist game of his NHL career. Ekman-Larsson also took three shots on goal and delivered three hits in 21:15 of ice time.

Antti Raanta stopped 27 of 31 shots in the defeat. He also absorbed a puck to the ribs off the stick of Patrik Laine in the third period that stung.

"It was a painful moment," Raanta said. "I just tried to survive from that pain ... That's hockey. Sometimes you have to take the pain and keep going."

Christian Fischer gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead when he scored his first goal of the season from in close at 15:37 of the first period.

• Arizona launched a season-high 45 shots on goal at Winnipeg backup goalie Laurent Brossoit. The Coyotes have out-shot six of their first seven opponents. 

• Wanting to silence the sold-out crowd, the Coyotes dominated play in the first period and out-shot Winnipeg 16-6.

"Probably the best period this year," Raanta said. "We were putting the pucks deep. We had our guys first all the time and we were pressuring their defense all the time. We had the puck possession almost all the time. It's a tough building to come (into), and when you get that kind of first period, it helps to get you going. But, obviously, the second period wasn't that great. We have to keep on building what we got in the first." 

Video: Raanta: 'Tough Building' in WPG

• The Coyotes challenged Winnipeg's fourth goal, scored by Perrault at 5:36 of the third period. Tocchet believed Winnipeg's Brendan Lemieux interfered with Raanta just before Perrault's shot reached the net. After video review, the goal was allowed. Replays showed that Lemieux did clip Raanta's left leg, but it was determined that Ekman-Larsson drove Lemieux into Raanta.

"It's one of those calls if you ask 10 different refs, five say yes, five say no," Tocchet said.

Josh Archibald left the game after absorbing a big hit into the boards by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien in the middle of the second period. Archibald staggered to his feet after the hit and immediately skated to Arizona's dressing room. He returned to the game to start the thid period but played just two shifts over the final 20 minutes.

• Stats that jump off the Event Summary: Vinnie Hinostroza led all players with six shots on goal, Lawson Crouse led the Coyotes with six hits, and Nick Cousins won seven of nine face-offs.

Video: Tocchet: Jets Built to Win

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