WINNIPEG - A tough second period proved to be too much to overcome for the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, as the Arizona Coyotes scored three goals in the middle frame to hand the Jets a 4-2 loss.
Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor scored power play goals in the first and third periods respectively, but it wasn't enough as the Coyotes responded with two goals of their own on the man advantage.
Head coach Paul Maurice said Arizona's fourth and final goal of the night, where Christian Dvorak found some open space in front of Connor Hellebuyck after an extended shift in the Jets' defensive zone, is an example of the work still to be done.
"We're going to have to identify or become a team that plays a five-man defensive game," said Maurice.
"But that will be a work in progress all year. That's not getting switch flipped next week and saying 'now we're a defensive juggernaut.' We're going to have to work really hard to become a solid defensive team."