Jets top Blues for first win after Maurice resigns as coach

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets won for the first time since Paul Maurice resigned as coach, 4-2 against the St. Louis Blues at Canada Life Centre on Sunday.

Maurice resigned Friday, hours before the Jets’ 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in Dave Lowry’s NHL coaching debut.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists and Paul Stastny scored two goals and had his 500th NHL assist and for the Jets (14-11-5), who won for the first time in four games (1-2-1). Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

Jordan Binnington made 30 saves in his first start since Nov. 30 for the Blues (17-9-5) whose point streak ends at seven games (5-1-2). Binnington missed seven games in COVID-19 protocol then served as backup to Charlie Lindgren in a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Friday.

Ehlers gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 4:40 of the second period.

Vladimir Tarasenko tied it 1-1 at 13:47 of the second, scoring off an Ivan Barbashev cross-ice pass on a 2-on-3 rush.

Mark Scheifele scored on a wrist shot from the high slot to make it 2-1 Jets at 16:47 of the second.

Stastny extended it to 3-1 at 4:40 of the third period.

Niko Mikkola scored shorthanded to cut it to 3-2 at 14:28 of the third before Stastny made it 4-2 at 14:44 with a power-play goal.

Ehlers left the game briefly in the first period after being boarded by Logan Brown.  

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