Jets edge Coyotes 4-3

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:46 Written by  Published in Game Stories Read 425 times
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night. Jack Roslovic, Nic Petan and Dimitry Kulikov also scored for Winnipeg (32-13-9).

Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for Winnipeg, who have picked up seven of a possible eight points on their current ten game homestand, their longest of the season.

Antti Raanta turned aside 19 shots for Arizona, who dropped to (12-32-9).

The Jets got on the board early when Toby Enstrom spotted Jack Roslovic at the top of the right faceoff circle and hit him with a crisp pass.

The Jets rookie wasted no time, pivoting and unleashing a high wrister which beat Arizona goaltender Antti Raanta right under the cross bar to make it 1-0 30 seconds in.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Arizona tied it just over three minutes later when Kevin Connauton fired a puck through traffic from the point that Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was screened on and slipped through his pads.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Dustin Byfuglien knocked a puck out of the air off a shot from Bryan Little at 7:56 to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.

The goal was his 3rd of the season.

Nic Petan re-directed a puck past Raanta off a Ben Chiarot shot from the point at 14:28 to put the Jets up 3-1.

Christian Dvorak scored on the power play at 17:07 to pull Arizona to within a goal.

With Brendan Lemieux off for cross checking Derek Stepan sprang Dvorak with a neutral zone pass, hitting him in full flight as he broke into the Jets zone before firing a low wrister inbetween Hellebuyck's pads to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Dimitry Kulikov restored Winnipeg's two-goal lead 2:16 into the second period when he one timed a Kyle Connor feed past Raanta from the top of the right faceoff circle to make it 4-2. Connor took control of the puck just inside his own blue line before skating it throught the neutral zone and cutting toward the center of the ice inside the Arizona zone before feeding Kulikov a forehand pass that the Jet defenceman simply hammered past Raanta.

Derek Stepan scored 55 seconds into the third period to pull the Coyotes to within a goal at 3-2.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Arizona visits Minnesota Thursday while Winnipeg hosts St. Louis Friday.



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Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.