Sunday, October 16, 2011

Coyotes Score Early, Often; Down Jets 4-1

Once again, the Winnipeg Jets came up on the wrong end of a home opener.

This time, it was the home opener of the team that was formerly the Winnipeg Jets.

It didn't take long for the Phoenix Coyotes to get on the board, as former Calgary Flame Daymond Langkow found the back of the net only 34 seconds into the game.

To make matters worse, Oliver Ekman-Larsson found the back of the net nine minutes later to put the 'Yotes up 2-0 after one.

Larsson would add his second of the game and third of the season with under five to play in the second before captain Andrew Ladd would respond with his first of the season with 19 seconds left to play in the period from Tobias Enstrom and Blake Wheeler.

But Ray Whitney would dash the Jets hope of a comeback with a power play goal at 6:43 of the third period as the 'Yotes cruised to a 4-1 win in their home opener.

Not only are the Jets now 0-3 to start the season, but two of those losses have been at home openers, in Winnipeg and now Phoenix.

Chris Mason started the game, allowing four goals on 34 shots.

Mark Scheifele saw his ice time increase from Thursday night in Chicago, playing 16:22 and ending the game as a +1, having been paired with Ladd and Wheeler.

Randy Jones, who was in the lineup for Johnny Oduya was an awful -3 on the night, not making anything better as the Jets sixth defenseman.

Dustin Byfuglien, who was Jones' partner, was also a -3, which has him now at an even rating so far this season. He was +2 Thursday in Chicago.

Bryan Little was taken away from Ladd and Wheeler and found himself ending the night as a -2.

Byfuglien led the team in ice time with 23:24, Enstrom had 23:08, and Ron Hainsey had 22:17.

Zach Bogosian had a alright night, with 19:25 of ice time, five hits, four blocked shots during 22 shifts.

The Jets now come back home for a Monday night tilt against the still Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins

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