NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Phoenix
(Wednesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Phoenix 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla each tallied a goal and an assist and Roman Turek stopped all 22 shots he faced, as the Calgary Flames blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, at Glendale Arena.
Marcus Nilson and Martin Gelinas also tallied goals for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-2-2 in their last 10 contests.
Turek made 12 saves in the first period, just two in the second and eight more in the third en route to his second straight shutout and third of the season.
"I played the last game against St. Louis, and that was a big game for us, and now another big game, because we lost two games in a row and we needed the points," said Turek.
Calgary remained three points behind Vancouver for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. The Canucks defeated the Kings.
"It's hard not to watch the other teams on the scoreboard," said Iginla. "But we realize that's a huge win, a huge step toward the playoffs. It makes it closer now. We've just got to finish it."
Brent Johnson surrendered four goals on 31 shots for Phoenix, which fell to 1-9-4-3 in its last 17 games.
Nilson gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at the 11:11 mark of the first period, as he took a centering pass from Ville Nieminen and one-timed a shot from the top of the slot past Johnson for his 11th tally of the year.
Calgary had a great opportunity to pad its lead early in the second period when Krystofer Kolanos was sent off for four minutes after high-sticking Conroy in the face. However, the Flames could not capitalize.
Conroy returned from the injury and gave Calgary a 2-0 advantage at 10:51 of the second period. Flames defenseman Denis Gauthier dove to knock the puck away at the Calgary blueline and Iginla picked it up in the neutral zone and skated into the Phoenix zone 2-on-1 with Conroy.
Iginla stopped at the right circle and centered a pass to Conroy, who gained control of the puck and fired a wrister over the glove of Johnson for his seventh goal of the campaign.
Iginla increased the margin to three goals only 41 seconds into the third period, as he raced into the Coyotes zone and beat Johnson from a bad angle with a wrist shot from the lower right circle.
Gelinas made it 4-0 just over three minutes later during a Calgary power play. Gauthier launched a shot from the point and the puck deflected off the outstretched hands of Gelinas and past Johnson. After the play was reviewed for several minutes, it was determined that Gelinas did not purposely swat the puck with his hand and the goal stood.
Phoenix nearly got on the scoreboard with nine minutes remaining, but Tyson Nash's shot from the right circle caromed off the post.
The Flames again played without head coach Darryl Sutter, who completed a two- game suspension for player selection and team conduct in the final seconds of Saturday night's loss to Nashville.
After the Predators sealed the 3-1 victory with an empty-net goal, Sutter sent Krzysztof Oliwa onto the ice and the enforcer tried to instigate fights with several Nashville players. Oliwa received a three-game suspension for his behavior after being assessed a penalty for physical abuse of officials and won't be available until March 27 against Los Angeles.
Finally, Calgary forward Chris Simon served the first of his two-game suspension for a kneeing incident during a game against the Stars on Monday. Simon struck Dallas' Sergei Zubov in the first period of the Stars' 4-0 victory at the Saddledome. Simon, who was not penalized on the play, will also miss Thursday's contest at San Jose.
Calgary improved to 3-0 versus Phoenix this season and has won the last five meetings between the two teams...Turek has 27 career shutouts...The Coyotes dropped to 0-6-3-2 in their last 11 home games...The Flames ended 1-for-5 on the power play, while Phoenix was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
03/25 01:21:07 ET