Coyotes Skate To 4-1 Win In Home Opener Before Capacity Crowd

The Phoenix Coyotes made their home debut this afternoon at Arena against a reincarnation of their former selves, the new version of the Winnipeg Jets.

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Coyotes vs. Winnipeg Jets: Both Teams Score, Coyotes Hold Lead After Two

Still no 300th goal for Shane Doan, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson has his second goal of the game. He scored with a slap shot from distance that beat Winnipeg goaltender Chris Mason with 5:03 left in the second period.

The Jets did well to kill off four minutes of power play after a double-minor to defenseman Ron Hainsey for high-sticking. The Coyotes peppered Mason with shots but he was up to the task, until Ekman-Larsson’s goal.

The Jets gave their many fans in attendance something be happy about when defenseman Tobias Enstrom's shot was tipped in by Andrew Ladd with 18 seconds left in the period. Enstrom's shot went under two sticks, touched Ladd's stick and went off the pads of the Coyotes’ Mike Smith in goal, making it 3-1 Coyotes in the second intermission.

Winnipeg has upped its shots count to 14 while the Coyotes are at 21. Smith came up with a big save on a shot from right in front from the Jets' Tim Stapleteon with 10:29 to go.


Coyotes vs. Winnipeg Jets: Two Early Goals, Three Penalty Kills Have Phoenix Up After One Period

Thirty-four seconds into their home ice debut, the Phoenix Coyotes scored. Left winger Ray Whitney took the puck behind the net, passed out in front to center Daymond Langkow and Langkow put it away for the team’s first goal.

Phoenix scored again at the 10:48 mark of the period with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson shooting one in that looked like it went off a Jets player among a lot of traffic in front of the goal. That excited the heck out the Swedish reporter sitting to my right up here in the press box.

In the meantime, the Coyotes killed three two-minute penalties and peppered Winnipeg goaltender Chris Mason with 11 shots on goal. The Coyotes look well on their way to securing Win No. 2 on the young season.

The Jets have some fans behind them here at Arena, but they haven’t had much to cheer about except the Canadian national anthem. It's 2-0 Coyotes at the first intermission.

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