Jets hang on, defeat Coyotes for third straight win


GLENDALE, Ariz.Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves and the Winnipeg Jets won their third in a row, 3-1 against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday.

Evgeny Svechnikov, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets (16-11-5), who won for the second time in three days after having five consecutive games postponed. They defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Sunday.

Karel Vejmelka made 45 saves for the Coyotes (6-22-3), who lost their eighth in nine games (1-7-1). Shayne Gostisbehere scored in the third period to deny Hellebuyck his 26th NHL shutout.

Mark Scheifele had two assists for the Jets, who outshot the Coyotes 48-28 and have a 94-43 advantage in two games against them this season. Vejmelka made 46 saves when the Coyotes won 1-0 on Nov. 29 despite being outshot 46-15.

Svechnikov, who had not played since Dec. 17 with an undisclosed injury, scored off Josh Morrissey‘s cross-ice pass with a snap shot that deflected off Vejmelka’s stick for a 1-0 Winnipeg lead at 17:34 of the first.

Dubois scored his 15th goal of the season on a backhand shot to make it 2-0 at 14:40 of the second, just after a Winnipeg power play ended.

Gostisbehere cut it to 2-1 at 6:41 of the third, intercepting a Logan Stanley pass before splitting two defenders to score on a wrist shot from the left circle.

Ehlers scored into an empty net at 19:15 for the 3-1 final.

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