ARIZONA- Rookie Brendan Perlini scored twice, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each had three assists, and the Arizona Coyotes scored four first-period goals and held on for a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
Perlini’s fifth and sixth goals of the season came in the first, as did all three of Ekman-Larsson’s and Vrbata’s assists. Perlini had a hat trick Tuesday night in Tucson’s 5-2 victory over Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League.
McGinn beat Hellebuyck with a shot off the goalie’s glove at 10:41, and Hellebuyck was taken out in favour of Michael Hutchinson. Hellebuyck saved just three of six shots faced.
Mike Smith, recently named an NHL All-Star for the first time, gave up the game’s first goal to Matthias at 3:43 of the first period. Smith went on to make 34 stops.
The Coyotes scored off of Hutchinson, too. On a power play, Perlini skated in for a shot that went off Hutchinson’s pads, and Perlini stayed with the rebound to put it into net from a difficult angle at 14:45.
It was the only goal allowed by Hutchinson, who had 22 saves. Goals were recorded from Matthias, Wheeler and Stuart.
The Jets made it 4-2 on Stuart’s first goal of the season early in the third period, then 4-3 with 90 seconds to play on Wheeler’s deflection of Nikolaj Ehlers’ shot.
The Jets pulled Hutchinson and had an extra attacker on the ice for that goal, but couldn’t equalize.
The Jets continue a three-game West Coast Road trip Saturday night at the Los Angeles Kings.