Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way.
Pulled in a loss to Vegas last week, the Jets goaltender made 32 saves on Tuesday as Winnipeg beat the Arizona Coyotes for the third time in four games.
Hellebuyck, who improved his record to 9-1-2, began the season as the Jets’ No. 2 goalie. His stellar play has turned him into the starter.
“This was definitely my redemption game,” Hellebuyck said. “Any time you get pulled you have to enter strong, and I’m glad the guys played well in front of me.”
Joel Armia, Bryan Little and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (10-4-3) in an 11-minute stretch in the second period to turn a one-goal game into a 4-0 stranglehold.
Persistence is 🔑
Andrew Copp, with a first-period goal, opened the scoring. The Jets also beat the Coyotes (2-15-3) in Glendale, Ariz., last weekend to finish a three-game road trip.
“We can’t always rely on [Mark] Scheifele’s line to do the heavy work,” Little said. “There’s going to be games where they’re going to be off or not get on the scoresheet. It’s up to the other lines to chip in.”
Alex Goligoski’s goal 5:21 into the third spoiled Hellebuyck’s bid for his first shutout of the season.
The Jets inducted Dale Hawerchuk into their hall of fame before the game and unveiled his No. 10 banner in the rafters. Winnipeg players wore a silver No. 10 patch on their sweaters to honour the Jets legend.
Coyotes miss opportunities
Winnipeg was forced to kill off three straight penalties in a first period that saw Arizona outshoot the Jets 13-9.
Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet lamented Arizona’s early missed opportunities while recognizing the Jets ability to finish theirs.
“Thirteen shots they get three goals,” he said. “Right now we have to play a perfect game to win….