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Chris Thorburn scores short-handed goal to lift Jets over Coyotes

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WINNIPEG - Chris Thorburn scored a short-handed goal in the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets (10-9-2), who earned consecutive wins for the first time since Oct. 31.

Shane Doan and Connor Murphy had power-play goals in the first period for Arizona (10-9-1).

Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who left the game after two periods due to a lower-body injury, stopped 20 of the 22 shots. Michael Hutchinson earned the win in relief ? stopping all seven shots in the third.

Anders Lindback made 20 saves for the Coyotes.

The Jets were 0 for 5 on the power play while Arizona scored twice on six chances. The Coyotes entered the game ranked 29th in the NHL in power-play efficiency. Winnipeg's 14 penalty minutes Saturday night made them the first NHL club to eclipse 300 penalty minutes this season.

Scheifele opened the scoring 6:50 into the first, wristing home his eighth of the year. It was the third goal in his last two games for the 22 year old. The Jets improved to 5-1-0 when scoring first this season.

Doan and Murphy would tie the game later in the first. Doan joins Jaromir Jagr as the only players in NHL history to score goals at both the Winnipeg Arena and MTS Centre.

Byfuglien tied the game 2-2 in the second on a quick give-and-go with rookie Andrew Copp before firing his sixth of the year under Lindback's blocker.

The Jets complete their three-game home stand on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche before heading out on a three-game road trip through Washington, Minnesota, and Colorado to finish the month of November. Arizona returns home for three games against Anaheim, Calgary, and Ottawa.

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