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Yotes' Notes: Arizona Allowed Jets to Take Off in Third Period

The Coyotes gave up three goals to Winnipeg over the final 20 minutes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night

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

GLENDALE -- Tied 1-1 after two periods, the Coyotes appeared to be in good shape vs. the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night at Gila River Arena. After all, the Jets had played at Vegas the night before while Arizona had the night off.

But instead of wilting in the final 20 minutes, Winnipeg seized control of the game and won 4-1. 

"I think we were in good shape after the second," Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet said. "They didn't have much. I think they had 11 shots with three or four minutes left in the second. We were in good shape. They made plays in the third and we didn't. They have some high-end guys and they put it in the net."

Video: Tocchet: 'They Finished, We Didn't'

Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal at 2:31 of the third period that gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning goal. It was a frustrating moment for Arizona, which had killed 20 of 22 penalties. 

"That's one of the top power plays in the league that I thought we did pretty good against," Tocchet said. "But you can't leave your foot off the gas. It's tough."

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine also scored in the third period, and backup goalie Steve Mason stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced from the Coyotes, including 11 in the final 20 minutes.

"I liked our effort," Tocchet said. "We've been traveling everywhere and I've got to give the guys credit. The guys have not complained and they've done a nice job in that way. We've just got to find some guys to make some plays. That's the key for us right now."

• Arizona failed to score on four power plays, including a crucial one in the third period shortly after Scheifele's goal. The PP unit created chances and shots, but simply couldn't get the puck past Mason.

"To me, it's a special-teams battle and tonight we lost it," forward Derek Stepan said. "That's the key focus for a group coming into a game is to win that, and I've got nothing bad to say about our power play. We had some really good looks, but just couldn't put it in the net."

Video: Stepan on Special Teams Battle

• The Coyotes allowed just 21 shots - seven in each period. Antti Raanta made 17 saves. 

"It's really frustrating when you go out there and have good chances but you don't get anything out of it," Raanta said. "It's 1-1 for a while and they get two quick ones and all of a sudden we're chasing again. It's frustrating, but we need to keep working and hopefully we can turn it around."

Video: Raanta: 'Need to Keep On Working'

Zac Rinaldo scored Arizona's lone goal at 14:33 of the first period. Rinaldo, anchored in front of Winnipeg's net, deflected a shot by Alex Goligoski past Mason during a mad scramble to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead for the 13th time in 19 games. 

"It's frustrating today," Rinaldo said. "Tomorrow, we can't be depressed, we can't dwell on the past because that's not going to do any good for anybody, organization-wise or team-wise."

• Stepan also assisted on Rinaldo's goal to end a nine-game pointless streak.

Luke Schenn delivered seven hits and has totaled 16 hits in his past two games. He leads the team with 63 hits and ranks third in the NHL.

• Rookie Christian Fischer left the game in the first period after being checked into the boards headfirst. Fischer was slow to get back to his feet, then skated gingerly off the ice, bleeding from above his left eye. He returned to the game before the end of the first period after getting stitches. 

• Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson missed his seventh consecutive game because of an upper-body injury.

• The Coyotes wore camouflage sweaters during warmups as a salute to Veterans Day and Military Appreciation Night, which were auctioned off during the game to raise money for charity.

• Longtime equipment manager Stan Wilson was honored before the game after recently working his 2,000th game for the Coyotes/Jets franchise. WIlson started with the franchise in 1990 when it was based in Winnipeg. During a pre-game ceremony, General Manager John Chayka presented Wilson, a horse enthusiast, with a vacation package to a Montana ranch. Coyotes players then presented Wilson with a custom-made saddle featuring the logos of both teams. Former Coyotes including Shane Doan, Keith Tkachuk and Jeremy Roenick congratulated Wilson as part of a video tribute played during the ceremony. 

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