Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dustin Byfuglien's Goal and Assist Lead Winnipeg Jets Past Arizona Coyotes 4-3

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dustin Byfuglien's Goal and Assist Lead Winnipeg Jets Past Arizona Coyotes 4-3

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Byfuglien leads Jets past Coyotes 4-3

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WINNIPEG - Dustin Byfuglien's 800th NHL game was as memorable as it was productive, as the Jets defenceman scored and added an assist in Winnipeg's 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

"It's great. I've done some good things around here to stick around to play 800," said Byfuglien, now in his 13th NHL season. "It's an honour, it's a pleasure, it's fun."

The Jets quickly became the second NHL team to reach 20 home wins this season, just hours after the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first.

"For the most part, we've come out ready to go," added Byfuglien on his club's success at Bell MTS Place. "Right off the hop. Just sticking to our game plan. We've been working on things, just to stay consistent and be ready for the long stretch down the road. We've been doing a good job at sticking to our program."

Winnipeg (32-13-9) has now secured points in 10-straight games at home, going 9-0-1 over that span and improving to 20-3-2 overall on home ice.

"We've got a good balance here of guys that can grind and certainly enough offence," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "It should be an advantage to home hockey, but in order to do that you have to have a certain structure in your lineup. We're closer to that, where we want to be with that structure, than any of my time here."

Dmitry Kulikov scored the eventual game-winner in the second period, while Jack Roslovic and Nic Petan also scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves to capture his 28th win of the season (28-6-8), moving him into a tie with Washington's Braden Holtby for the second-most in the NHL this season.

Kevin Connauton, Christian Dvorak and Derek Stepan replied for the Coyotes, who have now lost four straight, falling to a league-worst 12-32-9. Antti Raanta stopped 19 shots for Arizona. …

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