NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Phoenix
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: Calgary 7, Phoenix 5
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Matthew Lombardi tallied two goals and an assist, and the Calgary Flames cruised past the struggling Phoenix Coyotes, 7- 5, at Jobing.com Arena.
Cory Sarich had a goal and two assists for the Flames, who have won three of four. Curtis Glencross, Daymond Langkow and Adrian Aucoin also scored for Calgary, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to earn the win.
"It's a funny way to get two points on the road," said Flames associate coach Jim Playfair. "The ability to come back after we're down and putting things in place that allowed us to score goals is our main focal point."
Todd Bertuzzi had four assists for the Flames.
Daniel Winnik scored his first two goals of the year for Phoenix, which has lost eight of nine to fall further out of the playoff race. Viktor Tikhonov also scored twice, and Shane Doan had a goal. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed all seven goals on 42 shots in the loss.
"I thought Winnik had a strong game, I thought he was very good tonight and I'm happy for him," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I think (Bryzgalov) played his heart out...It wasn't his fault with this game tonight."
Winnik's slapshot from the point put Phoenix on the board at the 8:23 mark of the first, but Calgary tied the game after Aucoin prevented a clear and shot the puck off a Coyotes defenseman and into the net at 14:21.
The Flames took a 3-1 lead with two quick goals in the second. Langkow gave the visitors the lead with a slapshot from the slot at 7:21, and Rene Bourque let loose a wrister that Sarich tipped out of mid-air and into the net at 9:47 for a two-goal edge.
Winnik responded with a goal for Phoenix at the 11:58 mark, but Calgary restored a two-goal edge, as Lombardi jammed at a loose puck in the crease and into the net 54 seconds later.
A shorthanded goal by Glencross with 15 seconds left in the second period gave the Flames a 5-2 lead heading to the third.
Lombardi scored his second of the game three minutes into the third for a 6-2 Calgary edge, and Doan answered for Phoenix two minutes later.
Eric Nystrom added a goal later to make it 7-3, and once again Phoenix responded, as Tikhonov made it a three-goal game again with 6:16 left to play.
The Coyotes came to within 7-5 on Tikhonov's second goal of the game, as he slipped the puck past Kiprusoff's left pad with just over three minutes to play. That was it for Phoenix though, as Calgary held the hosts off for the rest of the game to take the win.
Phoenix is five points behind eighth-place Edmonton in the Western Conference...The two teams split the season series, 2-2...The Coyotes have dropped five straight home games and four straight at home vs. the Flames...Calgary won despite never going on the power play, while Phoenix was 2-for-4 on the man advantage.
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