Connor scores twice, Jets beat Coyotes to end 4-game skid

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets snapped a four-game skid with a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Adam Lowry, Evgeny Svechnikov and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets, who rallied from a 3-2 third-period deficit.

“Just a lot of resilience,” Connor said. “The way it happened, it could have been easy to start pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other and not coming out. We really came together there and had a nice push. was really impressive.

Nick Ritchie, Jakob Chychrun and Barrett Hayton scored for the Coyotes, who had won two of three games. Ritchie added an assist in his second game for Arizona after being acquired from Toronto nine days ago.

Eric Comrie made 27 saves in his first start since Feb. 17. He’s made three starts in Winnipeg’s last 26 games, and the Jets have won all three. The Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck leads the NHL with 44 games in goal.

“With rest days in between, it’s sometimes hard to get both guys in the net,” Jets interim coach Dave Lowry said. “He gave us the match we were waiting for. He gave us a chance to win. He made critical saves at key moments.

Scott Wedgewood made 33 saves for the Coyotes.

Wheeler made it 3-3 on a 2-on-1 break 3:17 into the third period, and Connor scored just over two minutes later to give Winnipeg the lead.

“I saw a group that stayed with him,” Lowry said. “We were pushed and we stayed on the way we wanted to play. Nice to see Wheels come down and score that goal for us.

Wedgewood made a glove save on Mark Scheifele’s penalty shot at 12:23 of the third, but Arizona couldn’t get the tying goal. Connor scored in an empty net with 1:08 left.

Connor has 32 goals, fourth season in the last five with at least 30.

“I believe he’s playing the game the right way,” Lowry said. “He creates. He finds open space. He chases pucks. He’s quick. He doesn’t usually miss.”

Lowry gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 7:39 of the first period, the first of three goals in 9:01. Chychrun tied the game at 10:16 with a slap shot from the top of the left circle, and Svechnikov put the Jets ahead 2-1 43 seconds later when he pushed a backhand past Wedgewood.

Hayton tied it at 2 on a shrewd move, picking up the puck at center ice and splitting the defense between the circles before faking left and going right to place a backhand shot into an open side.

Connor hit the crossbar on a wrist shot from the right circle five minutes into the second period.

“We had some really good goaltenders that kept us in the game, but we didn’t play as well defensively,” Coyotes coach André Tourigny said.

REMARKS

Winnipeg D Nathan Beaulieu had two assists in his third game after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. … Connor has a point in 23 of his 29 road games this season. … The Coyotes D Dysin Mayo signed a three-year, $2.85 million contract extension on Friday. … The Jets ended an 11-game streak against Western Conference opponents on Sunday. … Arizona was 7-1 when leading after two periods.

FOLLOWING

Winnipeg: hosts Montreal on Tuesday

Arizona: in Colorado on Wednesday

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