By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – Jacob Trouba was glad to see some different names on the scoresheet Saturday.
Tyler Myers, Josh Morrissey and Mathieu Perreault each recorded their first goals of the season as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-3. Adam Lowry put in his fourth of the season and Blake Wheeler added an empty-netter.
Trouba’s name appeared three times on the scoresheet fora career-high trio of assists, while fellow defencemen Morrissey and Myers also had an assist each. Kyle Connor contributed two helpers. Morrissey and Connor are tied for the team lead in points with seven.
“When everyone gets a goal, it feels pretty good when they score,” Trouba said. “It’s good to see. You want to see everyone jump in and get in there. It’s great to see a lot of names on the scoresheet.”
Making his second start of the season for the Jets (5-2-1), backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 shots for his second victory.
“We had a little lull in the first (period) and he was there to back us up, especially on those penalty kills,” Trouba said of Brossoit.
“Both games he’s played he’s been extremely good and when (Connor Hellebuyck’s) been in, he’s been good. You definitely can’t look at the goaltenders and expect much more.”
Clayton Keller scored twice and Christian Fischer had one goal for Arizona (2-5). Oliver Ekman-Larsson chipped in three assists.
Antti Raanta made 27 saves for the Coyotes, who haven’t won in Winnipeg since the Jets returned to Manitoba in 2011 (0-10).
“It’s good to see some go in,” Keller said. “We played hard tonight. We stuck with it. We didn’t give up. We were right there. We learned a lot about our team tonight.”
Arizona only had a total eight goals in their previous six games.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and Winnipeg led 3-1 after two.
The Coyotes were outshooting the Jets 13-2 in the first period with nothing to show for it until Fischer took a pass from Ekman-Larsson and moved the puck around the front of Brossoit before flipping it into the net at 15:37. Winnipeg had two shots on goal at that point.
The Jets went almost 14 minutes between their second and third shots, but made a late one count when Morrissey fired the puck from the point and it hit Lowry’s blade and went in with 44 seconds left in the period.
Arizona had a 16-6 shot advantage in the opening period and went 0 for 2 on the power play.
“Having 16 shots in the first period gets you into it right away,” Brossoit said. “But to be honest, I thought even with 16 shots, and they had the majority of the play in our end, I still thought we kept them to the outside and our (defensive) core made it relatively easier on me than the previous game.”
Mark Scheifele sent Morrissey a pass to the high slot during the power play and he bent down low and fired the one-timer in for the 3-1 lead. The Jets have at least one power-play goal in four straight games.
Keller made it 3-2 at 3:50 of the third, but Perreault scored less than two minutes later. A coach’s challenge for goaltender interference on the marker was unsuccessful.
Keller netted his second of the game with a shot under the crossbar on Brossoit’s stick side for a 4-3 score at 11:53.
Arizona had a power play with just over five minutes remaining when Wheeler was penalized for slashing, but Brossoit snapped out his glove to stop a Keller shot. Wheeler then scored with 42 seconds left.
Winnipeg continues its six-game homestand with the fifth game (3-0-1) Monday against St. Louis. The Coyotes finish their four-game road trip (1-2) Tuesday in Columbus.
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