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Rookie Kenins makes his presence known
5 февраля 2015 года. Clipperton, Joshua. The Globe and Mail

 Ronalds Kenins knew he had to make amends - fast.

The Vancouver Canucks' rookie forward had just taken a holding penalty 200 feet from his own net with the score tied 1-1 early in the third period of Tuesday's game against Winnipeg.

And with the 23-year-old Latvian cooling his heels, the Jets scored just 20 seconds later to grab the lead.

"We were just talking in the locker room that in the third period we had to try and not take a penalty," Kenins said after the game. "I went out my first shift and got a penalty.

"I was kind of nervous [after] I took that penalty and they scored."

Kenins - who recorded his first NHL goal in just his second career game during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild - atoned for his earlier gaffe against the Jets, burying a quick shot past Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec with less than eight minutes to go in the third before Vancouver defenceman Luca Sbisa won it in overtime.

"I felt really bad [about the penalty]," Kenins said. "Luckily I got back their goal and we turned around and we won the game."

Signed as a free agent in the summer of 2013, Kenins is a gritty straight-line player who enjoys the physical side of the game, and his strong showing has pushed the struggling Zack Kassian to the press box as a healthy scratch the past two outings.

The Jets tried to intimidate the Canucks with their physicality on Thursday, but Vancouver responded well thanks in part to Kenins's pushback.

"It makes me go harder when [opponents] are hitting our guys," he said. "It makes me kind of mad and it's good for me."

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