WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien’s 800th NHL game was as memorable as it was productive, as the Jets defenseman scored and added an assist in Winnipeg’s 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.
“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 honor, 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,” Byfuglien explained. “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.”
Dmitry Kulikov scored the eventual winner in the second period…