WINNIPEG – Calgary Flames centre Daymond Langkow scored the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Wednesday night in NHL exhibition play.
Playing without likely linemates Jarome Iginla and Todd Bertuzzi, who stayed back in Calgary, Langkow notched the winner at 4:07 of the third period off a backhand feed from Dustin Boyd.
Boyd, a Winnipeg native, also assisted on Calgary’s first goal by Dion Phaneuf in front of a mostly pro-Flames crowd of 12,621 at MTS Centre.
Defenceman Matt Pelech had Calgary’s second goal.
Phoenix was up 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Enver Lisen.
Playing on a line with Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who assisted on both goals, Lisen notched his first goal 41 seconds into the first period after a Calgary turnover.
The 22-year-old Moscow native, who played 13 games with the Coyotes last season (4G,1A), scored his second goal on Calgary netminder Matt Keetley off a deflection late in the first period.
Phaneuf’s goal was a short-handed one against Al Montoya with a blast from the point at 7:21 of the second to make it 2-1.
A Phoenix turnover late in the second helped even the game. Pelech stole the puck in the face-off circle and fired a clear shot past Coyotes goalie Josh Torkjman at the start of a power play.
Phoenix didn’t play Olli Jokinen and Ed Jovanovski.
The two teams face each other again Thursday night in Calgary.
There have been six NHL exhibition games in Winnipeg since the city’s former NHL Winnipeg Jets team left to become the Coyotes after the 1995-96 season.
Notes: Doan is the last remaining Coyote to have played for the Jets. … Former NHL great Mark Messier dropped the ceremonial first puck.