Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/2/11

DALLAS - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Sami Lepisto #18, Shane Doan #19 and Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on January 31, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Shane Doan didn't know if he would be cheered or booed in his first regular season game back in Winnipeg. Turns out, he got plenty of both. One of the three original Winnipeg Jets still in the NHL -- and the only one still with the franchise that left Manitoba in 1996 -- Doan caught flak from Jets fans after he admitted he wanted to stay in Phoenix when there was talk about the Coyotes franchise moving to Winnipeg last year. And when the Coyotes were rudely welcomed to the MTS Centre Thursday night, the prodigal son didn't avoid the same treatment. "They're a passionate fan base and they love their Jets," Doan said. But in the middle of the first period -- and just minutes after a Doan turnover led to what prove to be the only goal by Jet Bryan Little in a 1-0 Winnipeg win -- the Jets paid tribute to Doan during a time out and the crowd of 15,004 gave him a standing ovation. "What do you say other than thanks?" said Doan, who was visibly moved by the gesture. "I was very thankful for that. That was above and beyond anything they needed to do, but I really appreciated it." He couldn't resist lightening the moment seconds later. "I wasn't sure if (the ovation) was for me turning the puck over on the first goal and giving it to them or if it was for something else," he quipped. The Coyotes dominated the second period, put 33 shots on Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec and had a chance at the game-tying goal slide through the goal mouth with a little over a minute left in regulation. With it came the chance at a third straight win and end a road trip that began with an impressive win at Chicago on the same positive note. Now the Coyotes come home for another emotional game -- former goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and the Flyers come to town on Saturday. NOTES, QUOTES --How good would the Coyotes be with a decent power play? After failing on both chances against the Jets Thursday, Phoenix has one goal in their last 31 power plays. It's even more painful when you consider that the Coyotes' penalty kill has been so suffocating that even the odd goal here or there would make a big difference -- like for instance, in a 1-0 loss to Winnipeg. The Coyotes have now been shut out four times in the first 24 games of the season, and their anemic power play is a big reason. The addition of Kyle Turris will add some skill and offensive zone face-off wins, and anything will be a plus at this point. --Phoenix gave the Jets three power plays on Thursday, rare of late for the least penalized team in the NHL. But the Coyotes penalty kill was perfect again -- they were 4-for-4 -- and continued a dizzying run of success against the opposition. For the 14th time in the last 16 games, Phoenix didn't allow a power-play goal. The Coyotes have now killed 41 of the last 43 enemy power plays. They allowed only eight goals on 78 chances this season (89.7 percent) and three of those power plays came opening night at San Jose. Since then, the PK unit is 67-for-72 (93 percent). --Where to put Kyle Turris? That has always been the dilemma for coach Dave Tippett, and now that Turris proved he's in game shape with four shots on goal and 6-for-6 on draws in just 11-plus minutes of ice time in his debut Wednesday, it will be interesting to see what happens. Turris was between Raffi Torres and Patrick O'Sullivan on the fourth line against the Jets, but will be given a chance to play with more skill. Two likely landing sports are between Taylor Pyatt and Lauri Korpikoski -- two Coyotes off to sluggish offensive starts after combining for 37 goals last year -- or between Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan with Daymond Langkow slipping to the third line. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We wanted to play the same kind of game that got us a win in Chicago, and we played that way at times. But you have to find a way to score goals. We had plenty of shots and plenty of chances but we couldn't get it done." -- Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski. ROSTER REPORT --G Mike Smith was a loser on Thursday night, but he was also Phoenix's best player. Smith made 30 saves on 31 shots and several excellent stops, but the Coyotes were shut out for the fourth time in 25 games to start the season and the goalie suffers. Smith, who has allowed two goals in the last three games, is 12-5-3 on the season and his goals-against average has now dropped to 2.10. He allowed two goals in two games against the Jets this season and came away 1-1. --LW Taylor Pyatt's struggles continue and he was limited to just 7:40 of ice time on Thursday night. Pyatt has one goal in 13 games and just three this season after potting 18 goals last season. --C Kyle Turris made his season debut much quicker than expected. Just nine days after returning to the team, Turris played 11-plus minutes between Raffi Torres and Patrick O'Sullivan and looked sharp and ready to play. He had a team-high four of Phoenix's 33 shots on goal and won all six of his face-offs, the only Coyote to win more than 50 percent of his draws on the night. Turris' play showed that he might be ready to make an impact right away.
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