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Tuesday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (28-22-3) at Calgary Flames (26-19-8), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes have been strong on the road this season and will wrap a five-game road trip with a stop in Calgary to take on the Flames tonight at Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Coyotes are 2-1-1 thus far on the trip and are a very solid 17-11-1 as the visiting club this year. Phoenix was in Colorado on Monday and posted a 4-3 overtime win on a disputed goal.

In the extra session, Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata worked a give-and-go and Vrbata's backhander was stopped by Colorado's Peter Budaj. However, Budaj was unable to corral the puck and as players crashed the net, the puck slid through the goaltender's legs and trickled across the goal line with 1:37 remaining. The goal was upheld following a video review.

Vrbata also tallied the game-tying marker with 3:11 left in the third period for the Coyotes, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Doan collected two assists and Steve Reinprecht posted a helper to give him a goal and six assists over a six-game scoring streak.

The Coyotes' Peter Mueller netted his 16th goal of the season, tops among all NHL rookies, and Daniel Winnik also scored in the win.

Mikael Tellqvist, making his first start since January 17, stopped 33-of-36 shots for the win. Ilya Bryzgalov should be back in net for Phoenix tonight and is 1-3-0 with a 2.72 goals-against average in four career games versus Calgary.

Phoenix center Martin Hanzal left the game in the first period with a right shoulder injury and did not return. He is questionable for tonight's game.

Phoenix is fourth in the Pacific Division with 59 points, eight back of first- place Dallas, but is tied with Nashville for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Calgary has lost two in a row following a four-game win streak after Monday's 5-0 setback to the Oilers. Edmonton goaltender Mathieu Garon stopped all 24 shots he faced to keep the Flames off the board.

Curtis Joseph got his first action of the season for Calgary and allowed five goals on 28 shots. The 40-year-old started the 2007-08 campaign without a team, but was signed by Calgary last month to give starter Miikka Kiprusoff an occasional breather.

Kiprusoff is 26-16-8 with a 2.77 GAA in 51 starts this year, and is 6-3-1 with a 2.08 GAA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Coyotes.

Calgary has slipped three points back of first-place Minnesota in the Northwest Division and begins a three-game homestand tonight. The Flames have won three of their last four as the host and are 13-9-7 at Pengrowth Saddledome this year.

Phoenix posted a 3-1 victory in Calgary when the clubs met for the first time this season on January 8, though the Flames have won five of the last seven in the series and six of the last eight against the Coyotes as the host.

02/05 11:10:17 ET


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