The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night 4-1. After getting blown out on Tuesday by St. Louis, Arizona responded with a very solid effort against Winnipeg.
The first period couldn’t have started any better for the Coyotes. Before the four minute mark of the game, the Coyotes were already up 2-0. Both goals were scored on the power play. The Coyotes were in control on both sides of the game for a majority of the period.
Arizona could have been up a few more goals if weren’t for Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. He stood on his head in the first and bailed out his team on multiple occasions as the defense in front of him broke down. Toward the end of the period, the Coyotes stumbled a bit.
Arizona took three penalties in the final five minutes of the period. It appeared that Winnipeg had scored but the goal was immediately waved off due to goalie interference. Arizona killed off two 5-on-3 Winnipeg power plays and took the 2-0 lead into the intermission. There was still 5-on-4 power play time left that would carry over into the second period for the Jets.
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The second period was fairly quiet for both teams. The Jets did step their game up quite a bit during the second though. They were able to sustain much more offensive zone time this time around. The Coyotes defense and more importantly, Mike Smith, kept Winnipeg scoreless.
The game picked up in terms of physicality. The Jets seemed to be taking liberties around the net on Mike Smith and the defensemen. Winnipeg’s overzealous physical play would eventually cost them. A Jets’ roughing penalty led to a Coyotes power play.
On the ensuing power play, Winnipeg took another penalty giving the Coyotes a 5-on-3 opportunity. Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan put home a rebound off of a Michael Stone shot and the Coyotes went up 3-0 with yet another power play goal. At the end of two, Arizona led 3-0.
The first half of the third period was again quiet. The Jets were eventually able to get a goal on a delayed penalty call and got on the board late in the game. That goal gave the Jets some life as they really picked up the pace of the game.
Excuse the pun, but the Jets were flying with the puck in the offensive zone. Almost out of nowhere, Mikkel Boedker used speed of his own to take the puck to the net and was able to score his second goal of the night and stopped Winnipeg’s momentum in its tracks.
Arizona faced some adversity late in the period facing a four minute double minor, but they were able to kill it off and continued to hold the game’s momentum. Arizona had to kill one more penalty within the final two minutes of the game, but they did and finished off Winnipeg.
- Mike Smith got his 3rd consecutive start.
- Mike Smith played very well in net after the 6-0 blowout on Tuesday.
- Arizona Killed 7/7 penalties. One of which was a four minute double minor.
- Three of Arizona’s four goals were scored on the power play.
- Mikkel Boedker (10th, 11th)
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson (11th)
- Shane Doan (9th)
- Mathieu Perreault (10th)
- Mikkel Boedker
- Shane Doan
- Mike Smith