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Jets open home stand with win over Coyotes

Hellebuyck stops 33 of 34; Lowry chips in with two points

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - First, Dale Hawerchuk's number 10 was added to the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame.

Just under three hours later, the Jets earned their tenth win of the regular season, beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 in front of a sold out Bell MTS Place.

Andrew Copp, Joel Armia, Bryan Little, and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (10-4-3), while Alex Goligoski broke up Connor Hellebuyck's shut out bid 5:21 into the third period.

"We can't always rely on (Mark) Scheifele's line to do all the heavy work. There's going to be games that they might be off, or might not get on the score sheet," said Little. "It's up to the other lines to chip in. You look at good playoff teams and they've got their second, third, and fourth lines chipping in on goals. That's what you need to keep winning all season."

Video: POSTGAME | Bryan Little

It didn't start easily for the home side, as the Jets penalty kill had to get to work early, killing off two minor penalties, and three overall in the first period.

Gaining momentum from those kills, the Jets would seize their first opportunity.

Off a dump in from Dmitry Kulikov, Copp got the puck back from Dakota Mermis along the half wall. Copp leaned in and drove the front of the net, and when his initial shot was stopped by Antti Raanta, the Jets forward was right there to put away his own rebound for his third of the season.

Copp's line mate, Lowry assisted on the goal, and head coach Paul Maurice likes how the trio of Copp, Lowry, and Tanev has come together and are producing offensively.

"The way Andrew scored the first one, just driving it to the net, (his line) had a lot of real good offensive zone time early in the game," said Maurice. "A real good on the puck battle for Adam (Lowry)'s goal. They were playing it the right way. (There is) some good chemistry there. They also at times have to go out and play against the other team's best when Scheifele's line isn't doing that job. They look like they have something good going on there."

Video: POSTGAME | Adam Lowry

Armia would make it 2-0 early in the second, when Nikolaj Ehlers' flip from the Jets zone was batted down by Armia in the neutral zone. He split two Coyotes, then on a one-on-one with Luke Schenn, sent a wrist shot on goal that Raanta only got a piece of.

Just 3:25 later, the Jets would add to the lead. Little poked the puck off the stick of Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the Jets blue line, and was in alone on Raanta. The 30-year-old veteran centre made no mistake on the chance, snapping a shot past Raanta's glove side.

It was Little's second goal of the season, and his first in 12 games.

"The chances haven't been easy to come by," said Little. "I've felt like I've been playing better the last couple games. I just tried to stick with it, and keep shooting.

"It was a bit of a relief, and hopefully I can get going now."

Video: POSTGAME | Connor Hellebuyck

That was the end of the night for Raanta, after he allowed three goals on 13 shots. Scott Wedgewood came on in relief.

Derek Stepan had a chance to get Arizona (2-15-3) back in it when split the Jets defensive Jets defence, and found open ice in front of Hellebuyck. Stepan fired a wrist shot, but Hellebuyck was up to the task, flashing the leather to keep the Jets up 3-0.

Hellebuyck called tonight his "redemption game" after he was pulled for the first time this season in Friday's loss in Las Vegas.

"I was watching Vegas and I still liked my game, I just needed to critique it a little bit. That's exactly what I did," said Hellebuyck, who stopped 33 of 34 shots in the win. "I went out in Arizona (in morning skate) and got no shots. I just worked on my movement. That really helped. It really settled things down and helped me feel confident in my movement, then everything else just came."

Lowry's second goal in three games pushed the Jets lead to 4-0 with 7:21 left in the second. After relenteless offensive zone pressure from the Jets, Myers forced a turnover below the goal line, and the puck came out to Lowry, who sent a wrist shot high short side on Wedgewood.

Arizona would get on the board 5:21 into the second, when Goligoski's point shot beat a screened Hellebuyck on the glove side, cutting the Jets lead to 4-1.

But that's as close as the Coyotes would get, as the Jets held them off the score sheet the rest of the way.

Now 6-1-3 in their last ten games, Lowry still feels there is room for the team to grow.

"It's nice that we're playing well early. It's still real early in the season though. We're just going to look to continue to build on it," he said. "I think every game we've seemed to do things better. You haven't seen the best from this group. It's coming together. It's about just continuing to get better throughout the season."

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