Karel Vejmelka had a 46-save shutout as the Coyotes beat the Jets 1-0


Roussel, who found himself alone in front of the net, converted a pass from forward Loui Eriksson in front of a helpless Hellebuyck late in the second period.

It was Roussel’s third goal of the season. Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin also assisted on the game.

The Coyotes eliminated the only penalty of the second period, a penalty for snagging former Jets captain Andrew Ladd to keep Winnipeg at bay. The Jets outscored Arizona 15-5 in the middle.

Winnipeg couldn’t beat Vejmelka, despite being swarmed throughout the game. He entered the game with a 1-9-1 record and a .905 save percentage as he played for the bottom-ranked team in the NHL Central Division.

Vejmelka was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft by Nashville, but never played for the Predators. The Coyotes signed the six-foot-four, 203-pound goalie as a free agent last May.

Although the teams skated until a scoreless first period, the Jets had the best play, edging Arizona 17-7. Vejmelka must have been sharp on several occasions. Hellebuyck also held on in the first 20. The Jets eliminated the only penalty of the period, a rushed appeal to defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

It was the first of a four-game homestand for the Jets. They welcome the New Jersey Devils to the Canada Life Center on Friday. They will also host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday and the Carolina Hurricanes next Tuesday. The Jets play seven of their next nine home games.

The Coyotes face the Wild in Minnesota on Tuesday, then return home to face the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 29, 2021.

Jim Bender, The Canadian Press


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