Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Maurice's coaching debut with Winnipeg
was a successful one as the Jets took a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes
Following a season-worst fifth-straight loss, a 6-3 decision against Columbus
on Saturday, Winnipeg fired head coach Claude Noel on Sunday and replaced him
with Maurice, who hadn't coached in the NHL since getting fired by Carolina in
November of 2011.
"I think we did a good job of being ready to play tonight," said Winnipeg
winger Andrew Ladd. "We have some more work to do in getting down his system
that he wants us to play, but we have plenty of time to get it going and make
a push for the playoffs."
Olli Jokinen, Blake Wheeler, Devin Setoguchi, Eric O'Dell and Michael Frolik
all scored for the Jets, who got 18 stops from Ondrej Pavelec.
Oliver-Ekman Larsson scored the only goal of the game for the Coyotes, who
have dropped five of six. Mike Smith allowed all five goals on 38 shots.
"You can start anywhere and we have to show improvement," said Phoenix head
coach Dave Tippett. "Our goalies have to do better, our defense has to be
better and our top forwards have to do better, it's as simple as that."
Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play at 12:16 of the first to get Phoenix on
the board, but Jokinen lit the lamp 36 seconds later to tie the game and send
the hosts on a winning course.
The Jets went up for good at the 18-minute mark of the first, as O'Dell beat
Smith with a quick snap shot from the slot after grabbing a loose puck.
It was a 3-1 game at 8:49 of the second as Mark Scheifele threw a shot on net
from the right boards that was stopped, but Wheeler was in front to tuck in
Winnipeg took a 4-1 lead at 4:18 of the third after Frolik's wrister from the
left circle fooled Smith, and Setoguchi scored on the power play near the
midway point to cap the scoring in the game.
Winnipeg plays in Calgary on Thursday ... Phoenix plays at St. Louis on
Tuesday ... These teams didn't meet last season, and split a pair of games in
the 2011-12 campaign ... Phoenix went 1-for-2 on the power play, while
Winnipeg finished the game 1-for-8.
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