Jets snap skid in new coach Paul Maurice's debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — New Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice is already changing things up after just one day on the job.

Right after his club earned a 5-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night, Maurice displayed a bit of his demanding style.

"I went in and talked a little bit about what I saw, congratulated them on facing some tough adversity and winning, thanked them, and then proceeded to cancel the day off that they had (Tuesday)," he said after the Jets snapped a five-game losing streak.

"It was good enough tonight," Maurice said, "but we can't rely on that being good enough in our next game. We've just got to get better."

Maurice, signed through the end of this season, spent his first night behind the bench after he took over for Claude Noel, who was fired on Sunday.

The Jets have struggled lately, even against teams below them in the standings.

The Coyotes (21-15-9) don't fit into that category, though they have also slumped recently after a strong start. They are 7-11-6 since opening 14-4-4, and have dropped three in a row.

"It can't get much lower, and we have to get better," captain Shane Doan said. "It seems that we find new ways (to lose) every time. We haven't really had an issue with discipline so far this year with penalties, and this time we did.

"You can't create much offense when you're short-handed."

Phoenix handed the Jets eight power plays, but Winnipeg scored on only one.

Fans who have been booing the Jets at home recently were on their feet cheering and clapping for much of the game.

They didn't even wait for it to start to show how they felt about the coaching change. Maurice got his first cheer during the national anthem when his face was displayed on the scoreboard.

"It's a whole lot nicer being on the home bench when you win, I'm sure, but it was a very special moment for me in my career, and I'll cherish it," Maurice said.

Olli Jokinen, Eric O'Dell, Blake Wheeler, Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi scored for the Jets (20-23-5), who held a 38-19 shots advantage.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Phoenix (21-15-9), but that was the only shot that got past goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

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