NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Calgary
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Calgary 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Peter Mueller and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist, as the Phoenix Coyotes posted a 4-3 victory over the Flames, dealing Calgary a rare home defeat.
David Hale and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four of five to surge into fifth place in the Western Conference. Martin Hanzal had two assists, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves to notch the win.
"It's a tremendous experience for this group," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They're going to learn a lot from games like this. It only makes them grow as a team, it only helps them mature. You can enjoy it for about 20 minutes, then we got another tough one against a tough Edmonton team."
Mike Cammalleri had two goals for the Flames, who had a seven-game home win streak snapped and lost in regulation at the Pengrowth Saddledome for just the fifth time this season in 24 games. Matthew Lombardi also scored, Jarome Iginla notched two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22-of-26 shots in a losing effort.
"I thought we got stronger and better as the game went on," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. "We weren't as invested as much as we would like to be early in the game, and it was something that we certainly tried to guard against, to find the emotional reserve to come into tonight's game and feed off the energy that we played with the last game. It was a difficult challenge and as I said, we got better as the game went on."
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Lombardi got the Flames to within one on Lombardi's slapshot from the point 3:17 into the third. Cammalleri set up a good screen to shield Bryzgalov from seeing the puck.
Once again Calgary failed to equalize the game, and Phoenix went back up by two. Boedker found the puck at neutral ice and went in all alone on the goaltender, beating Kiprusoff top shelf at 6:48.
The Flames did make it a one-goal game again, as Cammalleri notched his second of the night, tipping the puck out of mid-air past Bryzgalov eight minutes into the period.
But Calgary couldn't net the equalizer, as pulling Kiprusoff in the final minute didn't net a goal despite several good offensive opportunities.
Hale's second goal of the year put the Coyotes ahead at the 8:17 mark of the first period, and that lead carried over into the second.
Phoenix grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second just after killing a penalty. Mueller emerged from the penalty box just in time for a 2-on-1 odd man rush on which he ended up scoring at the 2:33 mark.
Calgary got one back with 5:04 left in the middle period, as Cammalleri's wrister from the slot went right past Bryzgalov, who had no chance because of an excellent screen set up by Iginla.
But Phoenix restored its two-goal lead just three minutes later. Jokinen picked up a loose puck in the offensive zone and fired from just behind the red line, which is even with the goalpost. Somehow, the puck managed to sneak past Kiprusoff's right pad for the goal, and the Coyotes carried the 3-1 lead to the third.
Phoenix leads the season series, 2-1...The Coyotes are now 8-12-3 on the road, while the Flames are 16-5-3 at home...Calgary had won nine of its previous 10 games overall, including a win in San Jose that snapped the Sharks' 31-game regulation-unbeaten streak at home...The last Flames loss at home was December 2, to the Stars...Phoenix has missed the playoffs for the last five seasons and has not finished fifth or higher in the 1998-99 season, when they finished fourth in the West...All seven goals in the game came at even strength.
01/18 02:51:32 ET