A decent start for the Winnipeg Jets quickly dissolved into a disastrous first period against the lowly Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Shawn Matthias opened the scoring just 3:43 into the first period. And then it all fell apart after that for Winnipeg.
The Coyotes scored four goals in the span of just under 10 minutes, taking a 4-1 lead and chasing Connor Hellebuyck from the Jets net after he allowed three goals on just six shots.
A 4-1 deficit after 20 minutes is bad enough. Making matters worse: It comes against the Coyotes, who are 12-22-6 this season. They’re in a rebuild and have one win in their last 10 games.
But this display from the Jets comes after head coach Paul Maurice used some colorful language to describe his team’s play in a loss to Montreal earlier this week. This certainly isn’t a good response.
Despite their struggles, the Jets are three points out of a playoff spot in the West.