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Bennett and Gaudreau lead Calgary to 4-2 victory over Arizona in pre-season action

by ARI YANOVER @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

That's more like it.

The Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, registering their first pre-season win in exciting fashion.

The newly formed line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett, and Micheal Ferland shone, as Gaudreau scored twice, Ferland once, and Bennett registered three assists. Sean Monahan did not dress for the game.

Mark Jankowski also scored for the Flames.

Mario Kempe and Dysin Mayo answered for the Coyotes.

Playing his first game against the Coyotes since leaving Arizona, Mike Smith stopped 15 of 17 shots on the night.

The Coyotes opened the scoring while Mark Giordano was sitting in the box, serving a hooking call after preventing a scoring chance. Kempe took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to knock the puck in.

The lead didn't last long.

Gaudreau answered for the Flames on a powerplay of their own, capitalizing off of a pretty passing play initiated by TJ Brodie. Tic-tac-toe, Brodie dished the puck to defence partner Travis Hamonic, who passed the puck to Bennett, who got it to Gaudreau, who squeaked it through Louis Domingue five-hole to tie the game.

Bennett soon kicked off another goal, getting the puck to Brodie, who shot it towards the net. Ferland, with his stick on the ice, deflected Brodie's shot past Domingue, giving the Flames a 2-1 lead in the first.

The game stayed 2-1 for most of the second, until Gaudreau scored to give the Flames a two-goal lead. He took a hit from Adam Clendening at centre ice - a hit that kept him up there while play advanced into the Flames' zone - and allowed Bennett to spring Gaudreau on a breakaway. With just half a second to go in the period, Gaudreau was initially knocked over and stopped, but was just able to get the puck to trickle over the line past Domingue.

Jankowski added to the Flames' lead with a powerplay goal in the third. With Jason Demers sitting in the box for slashing, Dougie Hamilton's shot deflected right to Jankowski, who beat Adin Hill, who replaced Domingue in net for the third period. It was Jankowski's third goal in three pre-season games.

The Coyotes were able to come back within two with Freddie Hamilton sitting in the box thanks to a double minor call for roughing. Early into the first penalty kill, Mayo was able to get the puck and roof it over Smith to make it a 4-2 game.

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