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Dvorak scores twice for Coyotes in win against Jets

Schmaltz has goal, two assists, Kuemper makes 38 saves for Arizona

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

Dvorak goes top shelf for second

ARI@WPG: Dvorak roofs second goal of the game

Christian Dvorak receives the puck in the circle and whips a shot over the shoulder of Connor Hellebuyck for his second goal of the game

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WINNIPEG -- Christian Dvorak scored his first two goals of the season to help the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

"I think the last two games he's been really, really good," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "He's worn the rust off. He's stomping on pucks, the stuff that he's been working on. I think all year he has been good for us, and another good night on the draws. He won some big face-offs for us."

The Jets had won 10 straight against the Coyotes (Arizona 0-8-2) in Winnipeg since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011.


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Nick Schmaltz scored for the third straight game and had two assists, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists for the Coyotes (2-2-1). Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves.

"I think I'm just getting to scoring areas and using my shot a little bit more than I usually do," Schmaltz said. "Sometimes they go in in stretches so just stick with it. You're not going to score every game so just play the same way and make sure I'm shooting the puck when I get a chance."

Video: ARI@WPG: Dvorak tallies PPG off Jets defender

Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to five games, and Josh Morrissey had two assists for the Jets (4-4-0). Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

"We want to be a real good defensive team and work from there," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said. "We're confident in our ability to put pucks in the net, but if you're constantly chasing the game from two or three back you just can't do it every night."

Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead on a power play 7:35 into the first period before Conor Garland tied it 1-1 at 19:52.

Dvorak scored on the power play at 5:11 of the second period for a 2-1 lead. It was the Coyotes first power-play goal of the season after going 0-for-9 through their first four games.

"[Dvorak] went in there in the middle for us and he had a great night," Tocchet said. "I thought we snapped it around the last couple days in practice. A lot of good things on the power play."

Schmaltz made it 3-1 at 7:21, also on the power play, and Dvorak extended the lead to 4-1 at 17:47.

Video: ARI@WPG: Schmaltz rips PPG past Hellebuyck

"Those were their first two power-play goals of the year," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We made mistakes, but we blocked four shots. Four. We blocked four shots tonight and that's a problem."

Kyle Connor scored a power-play goal, backhanding the puck over Kuemper's shoulder at 4:58 of the third period to cut it to 4-2.

Video: ARI@WPG: Connor backhands gorgeous power-play goal


They said it

"I thought the penalty kill stuck together. A hell of a power play over there. They had some moments where they were buzzing. But it's a nice win. [Kuemper] was good tonight and we weathered the storm. That's a hard forechecking team over there." -- coach Rick Tocchet after the Coyotes killed four of six man-advantage opportunities for the Jets.

"It was a special feeling. It was really something different. Was a nice feeling to be able to play your first NHL game. Too bad we didn't win." -- Jets forward David Gustafsson, who played 5:59 in his NHL debut

Video: Clutch Performance: Dvorak nets two goals in win


Need to know

Kuemper has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 straight games, tying Nikolai Khabibulin's franchise record set in 1998-99. … Jets defenseman Anthony Bitetto (lower-body injury) did not play in the third period. … Scheifele has nine points (three goals, six assists) during his streak.


What's next

Coyotes: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Video: Dvorak, Schmaltz lead Coyotes to 4-2 win vs. Jets

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