Jets quiet Coyotes

The Winnipeg Jets continue to stash away points on their longest homestand of the season, although the two picked up Saturday afternoon were not easily earned.

Sparked by second-period goals by defenceman Tyler Myers and Josh Morrissey, the Jets dumped the visiting Arizona Coyotes 5-3.

Jets backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 shots for his second win in as many starts. Winnipeg (5-2-1) has three victories and an overtime defeat in their first four contests of a six-game stretch at Bell MTS Place.

Already with a pair of goals, Arizona centre Clayton Keller unleashed a hard shot that Brossoit calmly snared with about four minutes remaining in the game and the Jets killing their fourth short-handed situation. He also flashed a glove to stop Nick Cousins with just over a minute left.

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The Winnipeg Jets continue to stash away points on their longest homestand of the season, although the two picked up Saturday afternoon were not easily earned.

Sparked by second-period goals by defenceman Tyler Myers and Josh Morrissey, the Jets dumped the visiting Arizona Coyotes 5-3.

Jets backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 shots for his second win in as many starts. Winnipeg (5-2-1) has three victories and an overtime defeat in their first four contests of a six-game stretch at Bell MTS Place.

Already with a pair of goals, Arizona centre Clayton Keller unleashed a hard shot that Brossoit calmly snared with about four minutes remaining in the game and the Jets killing their fourth short-handed situation. He also flashed a glove to stop Nick Cousins with just over a minute left.

Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left.

Arizona is now 2-5-0 on the season.

The Jets have been granted a complete day of rest Sunday but are back on the ice Monday for a morning skate, hours before they host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m.

Winnipeg wraps up its homestand Wednesday when Auston Matthews, John Tavares and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs pay a visit.

Myers roofed a shot from a difficult angle behind goalie Antti Raanta with 5:32 left in the second period to record his first point of the season and snap a 1-1 tie. Jacob Trouba orchestrated the play, demonstrating great patience at the blue line and drawing in a pair of defenders before feeding Myers near the wall.

Winnipeg struck on the power play before the period expired as Morrissey slipped into the slot and one-timed a feed from Mark Scheifele for his first goal of the year and a 3-1 Jets advantage.

Arizona’s Keller blasted a shot past Brossoit early the third period to trim the hosts’ lead, but Trouba recorded his third assist of the afternoon when he found Mathieu Perreault alone in the slot for his first tally of the year.

Keller fired his second of the game with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation time to again pull the visitors to within a goal.

The Jets, soundly outshot in the opening period (16-6), were tagged with a pair of defensive-zone stick infractions but managed to erase both Arizona power-play chances. They didn’t escape unblemished though, surrendering Christian Fischer’s first goal of the season with about four minutes left.

Winnipeg went nearly 14 minutes between their second and third shots of the period.

Their sixth went in, a deft deflection past goalie Raanta by the club’s unlikely sniper Adam Lowry who shares the team goal-scoring lead of four with top-line left-winger Kyle Connor.

Lowry, a fifth-year centre, scored just eight goals during an injury-plagued 2017-18 season going and played 32 games — including 17 in the playoffs — without scoring.

Coyotes forward Josh Archibald took a solid check from Dustin Byfuglien midway through the second period and left the game after appearing unsteady on his feet. He returned in the final period.

Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson had three assists.

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Jason Bell

Jason Bell
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Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).

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