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Tuesday, February 19th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (29-22-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (31-25-4), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames continue their five-game road trip
tonight, as they head to Phoenix and Jobing.com Arena to take on the Coyotes.
Calgary won the first game of this swing through the Pacific Division last
Tuesday in San Jose, but has since dropped tests in Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Ryan Getzlaf registered a goal and an assist and Teemu Selanne became
Anaheim's all-time points leader as the Ducks doubled up the Flames, 4-2, at
Honda Center on Sunday.
Daymond Langkow and Wayne Primeau scored for the Flames, who fell to 14-12-1
on the road this year and wrap this trek in Dallas on Wednesday. Marcus Nilson
recorded the 100th assist of his career on Primeau's tally, while Langkow lit
the lamp for a third consecutive game.
Dion Phaneuf and Kristian Huselius both posted an assist in the loss. Phaneuf
now has two goals and five helpers during a four-game point streak, while
Huselius has five assists over his last four games.
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 26 shots before he was
replaced by Curtis Joseph at the start of the third. Joseph, making only his
second appearance of the season, made 10 saves in relief without allowing a
Kiprusoff has been tagged for 13 goals in his last three games, but is 7-3-1
with a 2.15 goals-against average in 11 career games (10 starts) against
Calgary is tied with Vancouver for second in the Northwest Division with 66
points, and is also even with the Canucks for seventh overall in the Western
Phoenix is also tied with Calgary and Vancouver in the conference standings,
as it picked up its 31st win and 66th point of the season with Monday's 4-0
victory over Los Angeles.
Radim Vrbata scored a goal in his third straight game and added two assists,
as the Coyotes matched their win total from all of last season. They didn't
grab their 31st win of last year until the final game of the campaign, which
took place on April 8.
Vrbata, who has three goals and four assists over his last three games, leads
Phoenix with 27 goals. Shane Doan had an assist in last night's win to give
him a goal and five helpers over his last three tests.
Mikael Tellqvist stopped all 34 shots he faced for his sixth career shutout,
as the Coyotes swept a home-and-home series with Los Angeles and notched their
third win in a row overall.
Daniel Carcillo, Daniel Winnik, and Ed Jovanovski -- playing in his 800th
career game -- also scored for Phoenix, whose coach, Wayne Gretzky, picked up
the 100th win of his career.
The Coyotes begin a three-game homestand tonight and are just 13-13-2 at home
this year. However, Phoenix has won four of its last six as the host and will
also welcome Colorado and St. Louis to Jobing.com Arena on this residency.
The Flames and Coyotes have split two games so far this season, both in
Calgary, with Calgary winning the most recent test in a shootout on February
5. Phoenix rookie Peter Mueller notched his second career hat trick in that
Calgary has won six of eight and 12 of its last 16 versus Phoenix. The Flames
have also won five of their last seven as the road team in the series.
02/19 11:07:54 ET