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game recap

Coyotes 4, Jets 1

Saturday, 10.15.2011 / 6:53 PM
Three Stars of the Game
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
1st
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:14
Mike Smith
2nd
SA: 19TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 12-13
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .947SH: 2-2
Shane Doan
3rd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:53

Jerry Brown | NHL.com
GLENDALE -- With his team's arena half-filled with transplant Canadians rooting on the new Winnipeg Jets, Head Coach Dave Tippett had even more reason to hope for a good start from his Coyotes in their home opener.

He not only got a good start – he got a good 60 minutes.

Second-year defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded the first two-goal game of his career and Daymond Langkow got the night off to a good start with a goal 34 seconds after the opening faceoff as the old Jets manhandled the new version, 4-1, on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.

The 4 p.m. starting time didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the sold-out crowd, which appeared split between Coyote loyalists and transplanted Canadians sporting both new and old Jets sweaters. More than an hour before faceoff, fans who have developed an Internet rivalry amid rumors that the financially troubled Coyotes might return to Winnipeg were exchanging unpleasantries to add spice to an already-charged atmosphere.

Langkow, reacquired from Calgary in the off-season, scored on his first shift at home for Phoenix since 2004 (see KEY MOMENT below), and the Coyotes (2-1-1) never trailed as the Jets (0-3-0) remained winless in their return to the NHL.

Ekman-Larsson was four years old when the first incarnation of the Jets left Winnipeg for Phoenix in 1996. But after managing one goal in 48 games as a rookie last season, he has three in the first four games of this  season.

"It's always fun to score and I feel more comfortable out there," Ekman-Larsson said. "I only had one goal last year, but I'm playing more and I feel better and I'll try to keep it up."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Photo by Getty Images.
Ray Whitney closed out the scoring for Phoenix on a power play in the third period. Captain Shane Doan, who played one season for the old Jets before the move to Phoenix, had two assists.

"We wanted to make sure we were good tonight," Doan said. "The whole connection we have with Winnipeg is special, and you want it to be a good memory and not a bad one. It was a great atmosphere all night and we played the kind of game we wanted to play."

Andrew Ladd scored in the final minute of the second period for the Jets, who have been outscored 13-5 in three regulation losses. Winnipeg is now 0 for 13 on the power play this season after failing on all four chances Saturday.

"I'm disappointed and I'm not sure what we're waiting for," Winnipeg Head Coach Claude Noel said. "It looks like our team thinks we have a free pass to fail. (The team's stats) reflects exactly the way we've played. We're better than that but we haven't proved that to ourselves."

Phoenix took a 2-0 lead midway through the first when Ekman-Larsson ran down a loose puck, flipped it to the net and through a crowd of players in the crease to beat Jets goalie Chris Mason. The score became 3-0 at 14:57 of the second when Boyd Gordon took a Taylor Pyatt feed on the rush and dropped a pass that the trailing Ekman-Larsson stepped into and rifled over Mason's glove and into the far top corner.

"His second goal was a heck of a shot," Tippett said. "He's not getting himself in trouble and his skill is really showing. I thought our young players were very good again tonight, and we need them to be good players for us to get better."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
 

Coyotes center Daymond Langkow scored his first goal since returning to Phoenix on the game's first shot at 0:34 of the first period. Winger Ray Whitney set up the goal with a slick pass from behind Winnipeg's net. The goal set the tone for a resounding victory by Phoenix.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
 

• The Coyotes upped their record to 11-3-1 in home openers since moving from Winnipeg to Phoenix in 1996.

Mike Smith
• Goalie Mike Smith stopped 18 shots - including a penalty shot by Winnipeg's Nik Antropov with 10:50 left to play - to record his first win with the Coyotes. He made several big saves amid sporadic work, including a point-blank chance by Ladd in the second period. In the thrid period, Jets forward Evander Kane collided with Smith behind the Phoenix net, leading to a penalty that negated a Jets goal. Smith was slow to get up, grabbing his left leg as he got back to his feet, but he stayed in the game. Smith has stopped 56 of 58 shots in the last seven periods he has played.

• Captain Shane Doan had two assists vs. Winnipeg. Doan has notched at least one point in all four games the Coyotes have played this season and he has notched two points in three out of the four games.

• Center Martin Hanzal took four shots on goal, delivered four hits and won 15 of 23 faceoffs.

• Center Boyd Gordon and defenseman Adrian Aucoin each blocked four shots. Aucoin was plus-3.

• Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who is on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, skated onto the ice in full uniform during pre-game introductions.

• The Coyotes scratched Patrick O'Sullivan and Chris Summers.

• The Coyotes' next game is Tueday vs. Chicago at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
 
"It feels good out there and my partner has helped me a lot... I don't care if I score two goals if we get two points... We found a way to win. That's what's most important." "I thought our fans did a great job tonight. We went out and scored early, and believe me I had visions of hearing ‘Let’s Go Jets!’ a lot more than we did tonight so I give our fans a lot of credit." "We're continuing to make the same mistakes over and over and over. There's a pattern that's forming, I think, in the last three games that is negative."
Ekman-Larsson Tippett Stuart
 
Ekman-Larsson Smith Doan
 
  • Dec. 1, 2011:
  • Oct. 15, 2011: PHX 4, WPG 1
scoring summary
1st Period
00:34
PHX
Daymond Langkow (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (2), Shane Doan (3)
1 - 0 PHX
09:12
PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
14:57
PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3) Slapshot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (2), Taylor Pyatt (2)
3 - 0 PHX
19:41
WPG
Andrew Ladd (1) Tip-in - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (1), Blake Wheeler (1)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
06:43
PHX
PPG - Ray Whitney (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Martin Hanzal (3), Shane Doan (4)
4 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
03:58
PHX
Paul Bissonnette  Boarding against  Jim Slater
11:16
PHX
Taylor Pyatt  Too many men/ice - bench
15:10
PHX
Mikkel Boedker  Hooking against  Bryan Little
2nd Period
03:43
WPG
Ron Hainsey  Hi stick - double minor against  Keith Yandle
3rd Period
05:14
WPG
Andrew Ladd  Slashing against  Keith Yandle
07:19
WPG
Mark Stuart  Hi-sticking against  Petteri Nokelainen
10:56
WPG
Evander Kane  Interference against  Keith Yandle
15:23
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Evander Kane
goalie stats
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .882SH: 2 - 2
Mike Smith
SA: 19TOI: 59:57
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .947SH: 2 - 2
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