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Frolik's overtime marker gives Flames win over 'Yotes

Chad Johnson made 20 saves and the Flames picked up their second straight win

by Jason Johnson @Jay__Jo / CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- Michael Frolik scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

It was the Flames' second win in as many nights and improved their record to 8-10-1.

For the Coyotes, it was their third straight defeat.

Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary, his fourth goal of the campaign, and Chad Johnson, who pitched a shutout Tuesday night in Minnesota, allowed a single goal and made 20 saves for the win.

"I thought for sure tonight that we deserved the win," Glen Gulutzan said in his post-game media address. "Just looking at the chances in between periods and the way the game unfolded … It took us a little while to get going, a big back-to-back for us, long night, but once they got going I thought they did a great job."

Video: ARI@CGY: Frolik capitalizes off turnover for OT win

Frolik jumped on a loose puck after Coyotes forward Brad Richardson's pass deflected off his skate. Frolik picked up the puck and moved in on a partial breakaway, blasting a wrister in the top corner for the Flames win.

"I just went to him on the blueline and he tried to pass across and it hit my skate and I just tried to stay on the puck," Frolik explained. "I had kind of a half breakaway and I saw him coming across so I just tried to shoot it and I was happy it went in."

Tobias Rieder scored the lone goal for the Coyotes and Mike Smith, who returned to action after missing 12 games with a knee injury, turned aside 22 shots for Arizona.

After a scoreless first period, the Flames came out of the gate in the second period like gangbusters. In the first minute, Matthew Tkachuk picked off a pass in the neutral zone for a partial breakaway but couldn't capitalize. Shortly after, Michael Frolik took a pass in the slot and found himself all alone, only to be denied by Smith.

Smith made another big save when he denied Frolik once again, this time with a quick glove to preserve the scoreless tie.

"It was a great effort by the whole group," Johnson said. "We had a few good penalty kills and didn't really give them a whole lot of anything. We knew it was going to be one of those games and it's nice that we win these games that we should win."

12:42 into the second period, Micheal Ferland connected with Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a hard check just inside the blueline. The defenceman laid motionless on the ice for several minutes before being helped off to the locker room. Ekman-Larsson would not return in the second period but did take to the ice for the third period.

The Coyotes finally broke Johnson's shutout streak, that lasted 106:23, with 17.6 seconds left in the second period. Rieder picked up a rebound in front of the Flames goal and went wide to beat Johnson and provide a 1-0 lead for Arizona.

"We just stuck to our game," Johnson said. "It can deflate yo when you let a goal in with 17 seconds left in the period but we came back and we beat the odds there."

The Flames squared the game 6:40 into the third period when Tkachuk picked up a loose puck off a faceoff in the Coyotes zone and roofed a wrister over Smith's shoulder from a near impossible angle.

Video: ARI@CGY: Tkachuk scores from an impossible angle

"If you watch the play there were some real good efforts by his two linemates as well," Gulutzan said of the highlight-reel goal. "It was one heck of a shot, there wasn't any room there … He made a big play.

He'd been working hard all night like he usually does and I'm happy for him."

Calgary line of Tkachuk, Frolik and Backlund were buzzing in the Coyotes zone all night and create several high-quality scoring opportunities.

"Our line was really, really going tonight and I really liked the way we were able to support each other," Tkachuk said. "Clean breakouts, good offence, able to come three in the zone at the same time to make plays off the rush and we did a good job cycling down low.

"It's obviously not a one person game, everybody knows that. I felt really good about our game tonight."

NOTES: Johnny Gaudreau (broken finger), Lance Bouma (upper body) and Kris Versteeg (groin) were all sidelined due to injury … Linden Vey was dressed for his first NHL action and first game as a member of the Fames … Chad Johnson started his second straight … Scratched for the Flames was Jyrki Jokipakka and Hunter Shinkaruk.

UP NEXT: The Flames close out their homestand with a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at 7:00 p.m. MT (Sportsnet West, Fan960).

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