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Jets ride second period to win against Coyotes

Score three times to build lead; Hellebuyck makes 33 saves

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets scored three second-period goals in a 4-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

 

[WATCH: All Coyotes vs. Jets highlights]

 

Joel Armia, Bryan Little and Adam Lowry scored after Andrew Copp scored in the first period for Winnipeg (10-4-3), which is 6-1-3 in its past 10 games.

Alex Goligoski spoiled a shutout by Connor Hellebuyck with a goal for Arizona 5:21 into the third period. Hellebuyck made 33 saves.

Video: ARI@WPG: Goligoski scores on wrister through traffic

"It's crucial that you get the big saves, especially against young teams [because] you're creating some doubt in their game and they might not come back," Lowry said. "[Arizona has] obviously struggled this year. They seem to hang around in games but can't close it out.'

Arizona (2-15-3) has lost five straight and is the only team in the NHL without a regulation win. The Coyotes are 0-6-2 against the Jets since they relocated from Atlanta in 2011.

"Lot of chances," Coyotes forward Brandon Perlini said after Arizona went 0-for-5 on the power play. "We have to bear down and try to find something, but that's the game of hockey: Sometimes she goes in and sometimes she doesn't. We're not going to cry about it, I'm certainly not going to cry about it. You just [have] to get out and work harder and get some more chances."

Copp made it 1-0 at 15:30 of the first period. He drove to the net and his initial shot was stopped, but he scored off the rebound.

Video: ARI@WPG: Copp bangs in own rebound to open scoring

Armia's wrist shot from the slot made it 2-0 at 1:43 of the second period. Little made it 3-0 at 5:08, scoring his second of the season and first in 12 games on a breakaway after poking the puck off the stick of defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the Jets blue line.

"Thirteen shots, they get three goals," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "Right now we have to play a perfect game to win. Hellebuyck, he made some unbelievable saves, and the next thing you know we're just chasing the game."

Antti Raanta made 10 saves for Arizona and was pulled for Scott Wedgewood after Little's goal. Wedgewood made 16 saves.

Lowry scored to make it 4-0 at 12:39.

 

Goal of the game

Armia's goal at 1:43 of the second period.

Video: ARI@WPG: Armia wires in wrist shot through a screen

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's glove save on Derek Stepan at 9:21 of the second period.

Video: ARI@WPG: Hellebuyck snags Stepan's wrist shot

 

Highlight of the game

Little's goal at 5:08 of the second period.

Video: ARI@WPG: Little steals puck, nets breakaway wrister

 

They said it

"I've been saying it all year: You can't complain, you can't moan. Like, just go play, work hard. There's no other special secret or special juice. You just have to work your way out of it, everyone shift after shift … and eventually I believe it will turn." -- Coyotes forward Brendan Perlini 

"Before, I feel like I wasn't even getting the looks and chances. The last couple of games, I feel like I've gotten the puck a bit more and got more chances to shoot. Same with tonight; I had a couple other chances, other than when I scored, to shoot. That's the thing. If you're getting chances, it will come. It's when you're not, you get worried a bit." -- Jets forward Bryan Little

 

Need to know

Goligoski has a goal and an assist in his past two games. … Jets forward Patrik Laine extended his point streak to six games (five goals, two assists) but his five-game goal-scoring streak ended. ... The Jets inducted Dale Hawerchuk into their Hall of Fame. He joins 2016 inductees Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg and Bobby Hull.

 

What's next

Coyotes: At the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hellebuyck makes 32 saves in Jets' 4-1 victory

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