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Flames 3 Coyotes 1: Inside the Game

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

INSIDE THE GAME

GAME AT A GLANCE: The Calgary Flames faced the Phoenix Coyotes for the fourth and final time this season claiming their third straight victory over Wayne Gretzky and Coyotes Saturday with a 3-1 win. The Flames are now tied with the Minnesota Wild for first in the Northwest Division.

A rough start for Phoenix netminder Ilja Bryzgalov, as the Flames notch back-to-back goals in the first six minutes of the opening frame.

Rhett Warrener returns after being a healthy scratch for the last few games and draws first blood for the Flames at 1:23 with a blast from the top of the circle.

While the Coyotes serve their first penalty on a hooking call to Matt Jones, the Flames register their second goal of the game on the man-advantage. Daymond Langkow spots a wide open Jarome Iginla and feeds the Flames' captain the puck at 5:46. Iginla then releases a quick wrist shot from the point, bouncing it off the shaft of the Coyotes' netminder and on net. It's Iginla's 39th goal of the season and his 13th on the power play.

Calgary's Owen Nolan is robbed by the quick glove hand of Ilja Bryzgalov at 18:48 of the first period. Nolan was all alone against the Coyotes' netminder, having the wide open shot.

Early in the middle frame, blueliner Dion Phaneuf wires a shot past Bryzgalov, but the goal is immediately waived off after an unintentional elbow by Jarome Iginla to the goaltenders' mask. Iginla is sent to the box for goaltender interference at 5:54, which wipes out the Calgary power play.

Iginla is then robbed by the Coyotes' netminder at 8:07 of the second on a breakaway. His wrist shot is quickly snatched up by the quick glove hand of Bryzgalov, which saves the Coyotes from being down by three.

Dustin Boyd's shot rolls off the boards and through Bryzgalov's legs as if in slow motion at the midway point in the second. It appears to cross the goal line before Ed Jovanovski digs it out from behind the Phoenix goaltender, but it's waived off immediately.

Coyotes Shane Doan goes five hole on Curtis Joseph and scores the Coyotes first goal of the game at 12:02, cutting the Calgary margin to one.

On a play that sees a good solid forecheck by Kristian Huselius, the Flames' forward gets fellow teammate Jarome Iginla the puck, who goes five-hole on a quick wrist shot at 11:19 of the third. It's Iginla's second goal of the game, hitting this season's 40-goal plateau. Iginla also reaches a milestone and ties Theoren Fleury with 364 career goals for the Calgary Flames All-Time Leading Goal Scorer.

THE BIG SAVE: Calgary's Owen Nolan is robbed by the quick glove hand of Ilja Bryzgalov at 18:48 of the first period. Nolan was all alone against the Coyotes' netminder, having the wide open shot. One of the controversial calls comes midway through the second on what looks to be a Flames goal that is waived off. Dustin Boyd's shot rolls off the boards and through Bryzgalov's legs as if in slow motion. It appears to cross the goal line, before Ed Jovanovski digs it out from behind the Phoenix goaltender.
THE BIG HITS: Just as Mark Smith crosses the blueline, Matt Jones comes out of nowhere and flattens the Flames' forward 12:39 in the first frame. The Coyotes continue their physical play into the second period and really lay on the pressure in the final minutes of the period. At 18:22 Dion Phaneuf is hammered at the Coyotes blueline by Nicholas Boynton. Seconds later, Iginla is drilled by Ed Jovanovski as the Calgary captain goes to the net.
THE TURNING POINT: Jarome Iginla gets the Flames insurance goal on a quick release that goes five-hole on Ilja Bryzgalov at 11:19 of the final frame.
QUOTABLE: "We knew it was going to be a physical energy game. Both teams are right there (in the standings) and can move up quickly or vise versa, so it's a big game." -- Flames' captain Jarome Iginla following the second period.

THE ROSTER: Flames forward David Moss missed his eighth game in a row with an ankle injury. Forward Alex Tanguay also misses his third straight game out with a neck injury. The Flames healthy scratches were D Cory Sarich and D Anders Eriksson.

WORTH NOTING: Curtis Joseph gets the nod to start the game against his former team the Phoenix Coyotes...Marcel Hossa plays in his first game against Calgary as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. Hossa was acquired from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline...Craig Conroy and Owen Nolan are both checked by doctors following a rough second period. Conroy is said to have a leg injury and did not return to the ice. Nolan on the other hand is looked at and returns to action in the final frame...Jarome Iginla has tied Flames' All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Theoren Fleury with 364 goals... It's also a milestone night for Curtis Joseph as he records his 448 career NHL win surpassing Terry Sawchuk for fourth most in NHL history...

BY THE NUMBERS: Two Flames' goals are waived off in 60 minutes of play...Jarome Iginla scores twice and adds a helper...Kristian Huselius tallies three assists...The Flames get 28 shots off on net...Iginla leads the Flames with seven shots on goal...Five hits for Jim Vandermeer...364 career NHL goals for captain Jarome Iginla...448 career NHL wins for netminder Curtis Joseph, passing Terry Sawchuk for fourth most in NHL history...
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