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Flames 6, Coyotes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 6, Coyotes 1
Phoenix Coyotes 1, Calgary Flames 6

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -The Calgary Flames' special teams took advantage of the weary Phoenix Coyotes.

The Flames scored three times on the power play and once short-handed in a 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Chuck Kobasew and Kristian Huselius scored 65 seconds apart in the first, while Tony Amonte had a short-handed goal 6:32 into the second to put the Flames up 3-1.

"Especially for a power play that's been struggling, it's huge to come out and get two goals right away," Amonte said. "It just seemed like things started to fall into place after that. It was just a good all-around effort playing against a club that's probably struggling a little bit, mentally as well."

After the loss, Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky admitted that Amonte's goal was most likely the game's turning point.

"We gave up that stupid turnover and it's 3-1," Gretzky said. "When things are tough you've got to minimize your mistakes. A lot of unnecessary penalties in the third period and we get ourselves into another hole."

Amonte was pleased to score the goal that seemed to deflate the spirits of the Coyotes, who fought back to within one goal late in the first period by Owen Nolan.

"They give one up when they're short-handed, that kills a team," said Amonte, who picked up a turnover in the neutral zone before speeding into the Phoenix zone and sending a wrist shot past Coyotes' netminder Mike Morrison. "To get that two-goal lead was huge for us."

Roman Hamrlik led the scoring charge for Calgary with a goal and an assist, while Daymond Langkow added a pair of assists. Jarome Iginla and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Flames, who halted a three-game losing streak.

"We've still got lots of things to work on, but we took a step in the right direction tonight," defenseman Robyn Regehr said.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots to improve to 3-4-1. Last year's Vezina Trophy and Jennings Trophy winner has played all eight games for Calgary so far this season.

The Coyotes (2-8-0) have now lost four straight and are in last place in the Western Conference.

"I think we hit rock bottom about a week ago," Phoenix forward Jeremy Roenick said. "We're just remaining there. It's something I've never seen in my life. It's utterly embarrassing."

The Flames killed off three first-period power-play opportunities for Phoenix, including a two-man advantage that lasted 42 seconds. Kiprusoff made a pair of nice saves off point shots fired by defenseman Ed Jovanovski to keep the game scoreless.

Calgary opened the scoring on a two-man advantage of their own. Kobasew took a pass from Jamie Lundmark and quickly shoveled the puck past Morrison with 5:19 left in the first period.

Just 65 seconds later, Huselius scored his first of the season on another power play when he kicked the puck onto his stick and swatted it past Morrison.

Nolan replied for Phoenix before the end of the period when he backhanded a shot over Kiprusoff's shoulder and into the top corner.

After Amonte's goal, Kiprusoff made back-to-back pad saves off Phoenix forward Enver Lisin in the final minute of the second period to preserve Calgary's two-goal lead.

Iginla opened scoring in the third with a perfect shot into the top corner past Joseph. Nilson's goal followed to make it 5-1. Hamrlik rounded out the scoring with his first goal of the season on another Calgary man advantage.

Langkow had a great chance to add to Calgary's lead, but his penalty shot attempt in the third hit the left post behind Joseph.

The Flames finished 3-for-10 on the man advantage, while the Coyotes failed to score on nine power-play opportunities.

Notes: Kiprusoff also started last season 2-4-1 before he backstopped the Flames to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on home ice on Oct. 20, 2005. He went on to win eight games in a row and finished the season with a 42-10-11 record and 2.07 goals-against average. ... Phoenix center Mike Zigomanis, who has won 59.6 percent of his faceoffs to rank third in the NHL so far this season, missed the game with a groin injury he suffered during a loss Monday to Edmonton. ... The Flames improved their all-time record over the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise to 66-57-22.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:41
CGY
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (2) ASST: Jamie Lundmark (1), Roman Hamrlik (2)
1 - 0 CGY
15:46
CGY
PPG - Kristian Huselius (1) ASST: Daymond Langkow (4), Dion Phaneuf (4)
2 - 0 CGY
17:35
PHX
Owen Nolan (2) ASST: Nick Boynton (2)
2 - 1 CGY
2nd Period
06:32
CGY
SHG - Tony Amonte (1) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
03:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla (3) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 CGY
07:42
CGY
Marcus Nilson (2) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (4), Andrei Zyuzin (2)
5 - 1 CGY
12:56
CGY
PPG - Roman Hamrlik (1) ASST: Daymond Langkow (5), Alex Tanguay (3)
6 - 1 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:36
CGY
Darren McCarty  Roughing against  Josh Gratton
02:36
CGY
Darren McCarty  Fighting (maj) against  Dennis Seidenberg
02:36
PHX
Josh Gratton  Roughing against  Darren McCarty
02:36
PHX
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Darren McCarty
05:15
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Enver Lisin
08:49
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Holding the stick against  Jeremy Roenick
10:07
CGY
Andrei Zyuzin  Hooking against  Ladislav Nagy
12:45
PHX
Fredrik Sjostrom  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
13:30
PHX
Enver Lisin  Slashing against  Alex Tanguay
15:11
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Daymond Langkow
16:47
CGY
Darren McCarty  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
16:47
PHX
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Darren McCarty
20:00
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Hooking against  Oleg Saprykin
2nd Period
02:37
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Charging against  Miikka Kiprusoff
05:14
CGY
Jeff Friesen  Tripping against  Dennis Seidenberg
10:27
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Hi-sticking against  Nick Boynton
14:51
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Roughing against  Fredrik Sjostrom
17:14
PHX
Mike Comrie  Holding the stick against  Robyn Regehr
3rd Period
05:14
CGY
Marcus Nilson  Interference against  Nick Boynton
10:02
PHX
Josh Gratton  Cross checking against  Alex Tanguay
11:40
PHX
Mike Comrie  Roughing against  Byron Ritchie
11:40
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Misconduct (10 min) against  Dion Phaneuf
11:40
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
11:40
CGY
Byron Ritchie  Roughing against  Mike Comrie
15:32
CGY
Roman Hamrlik  Hooking against  Mike Comrie
16:33
PHX
Josh Gratton  Roughing against  Rhett Warrener
16:58
PHX
Enver Lisin  Hi-sticking against  Dion Phaneuf
18:44
PHX
Derek Morris  Cross checking against  Marcus Nilson
goalie stats
Michael Morrison
SA: 9TOI: 27:16
Saves: 6EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .667SH: 1 - 2
Curtis Joseph
SA: 21TOI: 32:41
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 27TOI: 59:50
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .963SH: 2 - 2