CALGARY - Three Coyotes veterans ended season-long goal-scoring droughts against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Defenseman Ed Jovanovski scored his first goal of the season on a power play in the second period.
“It’s always nice to contribute,” said Jovanovski, who scored on a shot from near the blue line that deflected off the glove of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. “I don’t think I’ve done anything differently, but after I got that goal, I felt my game turn on. I was moving my feet. I was physical and felt a lot better.”
The goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Coyotes and a relief for Jovanovski, who
It was frustrating when you’re a guy that’s looked upon to contribute,” Jovanovski said. “Sometimes it just doesn’t go in. You just got to keep working at it. - Ed Jovanovski
hadn’t scored since March 22, 2008, a stretch of 15 games dating to last season.
“Hopefully he relaxes a little bit,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “I know he’s been pressing. Nobody cares more than (Jovanovski) does in our room and he’s really well-liked and I know he felt a lot of relief when the puck went in, so it was good to see."
Jovanovski said he'd be lying if he said going pointless in the first nine games didn't bother him.
“It was frustrating when you’re a guy that’s looked upon to contribute,” Jovanovski said. “Sometimes it just doesn’t go in. You just got to keep working at it.”
Defenseman Derek Morris
also scored his first goal of the season.
Short-handed after the Coyotes went down 1-0 early in the first period, Morris took the puck up the right side of the ice and then riffled a blast past Kiprusoff to tie the score at 1 and revive life into the team.
|Steven Reinprecht (right) celebrates his goal with Kevin Porter on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh) |
For a guy who hasn’t scored a goal since March 25, 2008, a stretch of 14 games dating to last season, Morris showed a goal-scorer's mentality.
“I had a little bit of room,” Morris said. “I could see about a foot on the right-hand side. I figured I had enough to put it in there.”
Steven Reinprecht was the last to get his first goal on this night when he notched an insurance goal in the second period. Coming in on a three-on-two rush, rookie Kevin Porter found Reinprecht, who put a nice move on Kiprusoff and went to his back-hand to give the Coyotes a two-goal lead.
It was Reinprecht’s first goal since March 25, 2008, a stretch of 14 games dating back to last season.