There's going to be lots of factors that will determine whether we're going to be a playoff team or not, but if we avoid losing streaks, we're improving our chances a lot. - Bob Hartley
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are all about avoiding losing streaks.
After falling 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, the Flames rebounded to take a 5-3 decision over the Arizona Coyotes. The victory improves Calgary to 7-0-1 in games following a loss.
It’s not an accident, either.
“We never want to lose two games in a row,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “There's going to be lots of factors that will determine whether we're going to be a playoff team or not, but if we avoid losing streaks, we're improving our chances a lot.
“We want to show resiliency, we want to show character and once again tonight, our guys did it.”
The only time the Flames have put together a losing streak came in back-to-back losses to the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens.
The setback to Montreal came in a shootout, meaning Calgary has earned at least a point in every game that has followed a loss.
“It’s been a focus of ours. The good teams don’t lose two, three, four games in a row. They cut the losing streaks off right away. I thought we had a tough game in Carolina but the bounce back was good. The guys were moving tonight. I thought we created a lot.”
It wasn’t with a little bit of resiliency that the Flames were able to overcome the Coyotes.
After Calgary’s Paul Byron and Coyotes captain Shane Doan exchanged goals in the first period, both teams exploded in the second.
Byron added his second of the night while Sean Monahan netted his seventh of the year -- and fourth in five games. Antoine Vermette and Joe Vitale pulled Arizona even before Giordano netted the eventual game-winner to keep his point streak alive at eight games.
David Jones scored in his third straight game to give the Flames some insurance, and another win following a loss.
“I think our team -- in the room, leadership, coaches, everybody -- knows how important it is not to get on losing streaks in this league,” Byron said. “We set a goal for ourselves at the start of the year, we wanted to be a playoff team. One thing you notice is the good teams, they don't lose two in a row or three in a row. That's a big thing for us.”