Kyle Connor scores 2nd goal of night in OT to lifts Jets past Coyotes, 4-3

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the game on a 3-on-1 break in overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over Arizona on Sunday night, extending the Coyotes’ losing streak to 12 games.

Connor scored from the right side after two Arizona players fell deep in the other end of the ice after a failed breakaway attempt.

Mark Scheifele had a goal and three assists, Gabriel Vilardi also scored and Josh Morrissey had three assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves to help Winnipeg improve to 36-15-5 with its third straight victory and sixth in seven games.

Nick Schmaltz scored twice, Matias Maccelli added a goal and Connor Ingram stopped 28 shots for Arizona in the opener of a five-game trip. The Coyotes dropped to 23-29-5, going 0-10-2 during the skid.

Arizona, the franchise that began play in Winnipeg in the World Hockey Association. hasn’t beaten Winnipeg since Nov. 29, 2021. Winnipeg has won all four games against the Coyotes this season, and 10 consecutive matches.

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller left the game in the second period and the team announced the scoring leader wouldn’t return because of an upper-body injury.

The Jets led 3-1 after the first period, with Maccelli scoring early in the second and Schmaltz 1:04 into the third to tied it.

The teams combined for three power-play goals in the first period.

Scheifele opened the scoring at even strength at 2:06, and Schmaltz tied it on the power play with 6:15 left. Connor scored a minute later with the man advantage, and Vilardi made it 3-1 on a power play with goal with 3:26 to go.

Connor leads the Jets with 23 goals. He has scored in three straight games and extended his points streak to a season-high five games.


Jets: Host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Coyotes: Visit the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2024.



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SOURCE: Canadian Press



Coyotes: At Montreal on Tuesday night in second of a five-game trip.

Jets: Host St. Louis on Tuesday night to finish a two-game homestand.



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