Jets' Antropov ends scoring drought in style

Winnipeg Jets center Nik Antropov (c) is congratulated on his first period goal against the Toronto...

Winnipeg Jets center Nik Antropov (c) is congratulated on his first period goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs by teammates center Kyle Wellwood (l) and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien during NHL hockey in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI AGENCY)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

Nik Antropov acknowledges his recent 19-game goal-scoring drought was eating him up.

He ended it against Toronto, Tuesday, and made it two games in a row with a goal against the Rangers, Thursday, mainly due to a mental shift.

“I was too much down on myself for not performing,” Antropov said, Friday. “That’s what changed a bit, and it’s turned around.”

Antropov says he first became aware of the need to stay even-keel in Toronto, where the ups and downs are more magnified than almost anywhere.

“Because up there you get one game you score a couple of goals you’re a hero,” he said. “And next day if you get a bad game you’re in the bottom of their list again.”

Antropov is riding a four-game point streak going into Saturday’s visit to his old stomping grounds, where he’s the enemy, now.

“I’ve always been an enemy there,” he said, chuckling. “It’s fun to play against the old team all the time.”



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