NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Phoenix|
(Thursday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Calgary 2 (OT)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Shane Doan scored the game-winner in overtime,
as the Phoenix Coyotes edged the Calgary Flames, 3-2.
Off a turnover at the blue line, Doan nabbed the puck and surged into the
Calgary zone, where he ripped a wrist shot from the middle of the left circle
that skipped through the five-hole of Miikka Kiprusoff just 54 seconds in.
Oleg Saprykin and Steven Reinprecht also tallied for the Coyotes, who snapped
a six-game slide in which they were outscored 27-13. Mikael Tellqvist made 29
saves between the pipes for Phoenix.
"As a team we worked really hard tonight and I think that it was exciting for
the fans to see the work effort our players had," said Phoenix head coach
Wayne Gretzky. "We still found a way to come back when our bench got shortened
and a couple of guys got injured. It was a fun game to watch and a fun game to
be a part of tonight. The major thing about the game is that you go through
stretches where you wonder what you can do to make things better. The one
thing that has been a pretty good constant over the past eight or nine games
has been the goaltending."
Alex Tanguay and Stephane Yelle scored for the Flames, who have lost a season-
high seven straight on the road. Kiprusoff finished with 19 saves.
With the game tied 1-1, Calgary grabbed a 2-1 edge in the third, as Yelle got
credit for the tip-in goal at 8:14.
The Coyotes then netted the equalizer with 4:50 remaining in the contest, on
an innocent-looking play right off the faceoff. After Reinprecht won the draw,
the puck went right back to Nick Boynton, who ripped a shot through traffic
that Reinprecht got the tip of his stick on. The disc changed direction and
slipped under the arm of Kiprusoff to make it 2-2.
Both teams looked sluggish in the early going, but it was Calgary that finally
lit the lamp to grab a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Taking advantage of a power play opportunity, the Flames continued moving the
puck until Tony Amonte sent a perfect pass to Tanguay, who beat Tellqvist with
a wrist shot at 14:56.
Phoenix knotted things up with 2:13 remaining in the second period, but in a
bizarre set of circumstances, nobody realized the puck had gotten past
Saprykin took a feed from Jeremy Roenick before banking a shot off Dion
Phaneuf into the Flames net. Play was then stopped, as officials believed the
puck was caught in the equipment of a Calgary player. After a short delay, the
linesman noticed the puck was lodged in the top left corner of the net
underneath the crossbar. The video was then reviewed, and it was eventually
ruled a goal, making it 1-1 heading into the third period.
"It was a big win for us," said Reinprecht afterward. "From the drop of the
puck we played a solid game. It showed a lot of character being able to come
The teams close out the season series on Monday in Calgary. Phoenix is idle
until then, while the Flames host San Jose on Saturday...Calgary center Craig
Conroy was scratched from the game with an upper body injury...Phoenix right
wing Fredrik Sjostrom left after suffering a knee sprain in the second period.
He did not return...Phoenix avoided its first seven-game losing streak since
March 13-26, 2000...The Flames haven't lost seven in a row on the road since
November 7-December 1, 2002...Phoenix has not scored on 17 power play
opportunities against Calgary this season.
02/23 00:23:03 ET