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Winnipeg Jets' Nino Niederreiter tries to control the puck as Arizona Coyotes' Connor Mackey defends with goaltender Karel Vejmelka during the third period in Winnipeg. The Jets won 2-1 on March 21, 2023.FRED GREENSLADE/The Canadian Press

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves to backstop the Winnipeg Jets to a much-needed 2-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

The loss snapped Arizona’s four-game win streak and eight-game point streak (6-1-2).

Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (40-29-3), who have only won two of their past five games.

Hellebuyck recorded his 31st victory in his 55th start of the season.

Barrett Hayton scored for the Coyotes (27-33-11) and Karel Vejmelka stopped 23 shots.

Winnipeg led 2-0 after the first period and 2-1 following the second.

Ehlers gave the Jets a rare first goal when he stole the puck after a bad Arizona pass attempt, skated in alone on Vejmelka and slapped in his own rebound at 4:17 of the first period.

Winnipeg went into the contest giving up the first goal in five straight games and nine of their previous 10.

Lowry notched a short-handed goal on a two-on-one with Morgan Barron at 11:33.

The Jets outshot the visitors 10-7 in the opening period.

Hellebuyck made a huge save early in the second that drew loud cheers from the crowd at Canada Life Centre.

After Nick Schmaltz’s shot hit the post, the puck was in play out front. Michael Kesselring then sent a backhand shot straight at the net but Hellebuyck, from the side of the crease, reached his stick out along the ice and redirected the puck away.

Hayton scored his 15th goal of the season off a rebound at 11:46 to make it 2-1. The goal extended his point streak to eight games (five goals, eight assists).

Winnipeg was outshot 18-3 in the second period and didn’t have a shot on goal for the final 16 minutes, 14 seconds of the frame.

The Jets had a pair of power plays close together early in the third, including a four-minute man advantage when Arizona’s Liam O’Brien received a double minor for high-sticking Winnipeg forward Vladislav Namestnikov in the face, but they couldn’t extend their lead.

Winnipeg ended the third period on the power play and finished 0-for-6. Arizona was 0-for-3.

Keller keeps cooking

Coyotes leading-scorer Clayton Keller extended his point streak to nine games with an assist on Hayton’s goal. He has seven goals and 10 assists during the run, and 76 points in 71 games.

Keller also tied Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon for the second-most points since the NHL all-star break. They both have 35 points during that span. The Avalanche were idle Tuesday. Edmonton star Connor McDavid has racked up the most points (44) since the break. The Oilers also didn’t play Tuesday.

Missing offence

Winnipeg leading-scorer Kyle Connor hasn’t scored a goal in 11 consecutive games.

Blake Wheeler has no goals in his past 18 games and top goal-scorer Mark Scheifele only has two assists in his past six outings.

Up next

Jets: Embark on a three-game road trip, starting Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Coyotes: Finish back-to-back games in Edmonton Wednesday against the Oilers.

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