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Flames down Coyotes in Arizona

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


GLENDALE, AZ -- There’s no drought in the desert.
 
Sam Bennett scored twice and Joni Ortio made 22 saves to pace the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Monday.
 
Sean Monahan also scored and added a pair of assists for the Flames, which continue with the second of a four-game road trip Wednesday at the Anaheim Ducks.
 
Anthony Duclair scored twice, and Louis Domingue made 16 saves for the Coyotes.

“Tonight they got us on those two power play goals, but we never quit and we came back," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. You’re right, it seems with all the kids coming up it gave new energy and it was a good road win.”
 
Trailing 2-1, Bennett scored his second of the game to pull Calgary even in the second period. Domingue stopped Joe Colborne’s initial shot, but Bennett lifted his second rebound swipe over the downed Arizona netminder at 16:41.
 
Bennett leads the Flames in road points with 24, and is second in goals with 11 behind Monahan (15).

Bennett's 16th and 17th goals of the season put an end to the 19-year-old's 18 game goalless drought.

“He’s a young player, so as soon as he scored that first one, he had been waiting for that one for a long time and he got going,” said Hartley. “He was just flying. I felt that (Micheal Ferland) and (Colborne) had a great chemistry with (Bennett). They were skating well, I thought they were probably one of our best lines.”
 
Monahan gave Calgary the lead with 28.3 seconds remaining in the second. On a power play, Dougie Hamilton’s one-timer off a Mark Giordano setup was blocked but the puck bounced to Monahan, who beat before Domingue could reset.
 
The assist was Hamilton’s 40th point of the season, two shy of his career high set with the Boston Bruins last year.
 
Ortio helped preserve the lead in the third. Jiri Sekac picked off Matt Stajan’s backhand pass through the slot before toe-dragging around Brett Kulak, but he couldn’t beat Ortio with a deke five minutes into the period.
 
Brodie extended the lead to two when his pass to Hunter Shinkaruk hit the skate of Connor Murphy and skipped behind Domingue at 11:13. It snapped a 42-game drought for Brodie. His last game came on Dec. 15 against the Nashville Predators.
 
Shinkaruk earned an assist on the play for his first NHL point.

“I got the puck in the zone and gave it to (Monahan) and Brodie made a shot,” Shinkaruk recalled. “I think it tipped off something. I was pretty excite… I knew right away and a smile came to my face and that’s a moment that I’ll never forget.”

The Flames acquired the Calgary native in a Feb. 22 trade with the Vancouver Canucks that sent centre Markus Granlund the other way.

“It’s a lot of hard work to get here and I guess for me, I’m just really fortunate that it ends up being my hometown team… my childhood favorite team is the first team I get a point with," smiled Shinkaruk, who had made his NHL debut with the Canucks earlier in the season. It’s pretty surreal. I’m pretty lucky. That’s one game and now it’s time for me to keep it going.”

Joe Colborne sealed the deal for the Flames when he stepped out of the penalty box just in time to take a pass from Monahan and skate in for an easy empty-net marker with 32 seconds left in the third. It was Colborne's 17th goal of the season.
 
Bennett snapped an 18-game goalless run 1:54 into the game to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Micheal Ferland poked the puck away from Nicklas Grossman and centered a pass to Bennett, who was interrupted mid-shot but got enough on the puck to roll his 16th goal of the season by Domingue.
 
With two helpers, Ferland recorded his first multi-assist game in the NHL.
 
Duclair tied the game in the second period, one-timing a backdoor pass from Martin Hanzal behind Ortio to finish a three-way passing play started by Max Domi to even the score 1-1 at 6:08.
 
Duclair gave Arizona the lead at 13:42. Alex Tanguay’s slap-pass redirected by Duclair didn’t make it by Hanzal in front, but Duclair followed up in the slot and lifted a shot over Ortio to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.

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