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Penalty shot typical of season thus far

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It didn't cost them the game, but Nik Antropov's third-period penalty shot was sure indicative of how things are going to for the Winnipeg Jets in their first week back in the NHL.

Antropov broke up the Phoenix power play near his own blue-line at 9:10 of the third period, chipped the puck forward and started off on a foot race with Coyotes' Ray Whitney.

Whitney gave Antropov a hook in the centre circle, drawing a penalty call, and once he out-raced Whitney to the puck, the Phoenix forward tugged again, this time earning Antropov the penalty-shot call.

On his free chance, Antropov skated in, faked a shot, went to his left to a very bad angle and then watched Coyotes goalie Mike Smith swat away a high shot.

"I faked a shot and he bit on it, fell down," Antropov said. "But he made a great save, just dove and the puck was going in but he just caught it with a piece of his glove. It was a good second effort by him."

The Jets had another chance only moments later that might have cut the score to 4-2, but got caught on a penalty to Evander Kane.

Kane rushed in to forecheck and knocked over the Coyotes goalie behind the net. There was no call there, but when Kane knocked over Phoenix defenceman Adrian Aucoin, that was interference and nullified a shot into the vacated cage by Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn.

Kane was not available after the game to comment on the play. A team spokesman said Kane was being examined by doctors, leading to speculation he might be nursing an injury.

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Coyotes forward Daymond Langkow, who scored the game's first goal 34 seconds in, has something of a fond memory of the Winnipeg Jets, even if it is his own team.

In 1995, Langkow, a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored his first NHL point, an assist, against the Jets in an Oct. 17 game at the old Winnipeg Arena.

It was his fourth and final NHL game of the season. He was sent back to junior after that contest.

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Saturday marked the first start of the season for defenceman Randy Jones, who ended up minus-three, and forward Tim Stapleton, who was even.

Sitting out for Winnipeg because of those lineup moves were defenceman Johnny Oduya and forward Brett MacLean.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 16, 2011 B2

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