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Inside the Game: Big home win

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY  -- A tight win, but a win nonetheless. And on home ice.

Daymond Langkow

After winning just once in their last five on home ice, the Flames downed a plucky Phoenix Coyote group Wednesday 2-1 at the Pengrowth Saddledome Wednesday.



It took more than 37 minutes for someone to break the goal plane but after, a sloppy giveaway by the Coyotes, Curtis Glencross fed a perfect pass cross-slot to Daymond Langkow who hammered home his eighth of the season giving the Flames a 1-0 lead.

The Coyotes Keith Yandle tied the game on the power play with 9:30 left in the third before Nigel Dawes buried the game-winner on a one-timer from in front at 14:16.

Dawes took a neat,backhand feed from David Moss and banked a shot off the shoulder of starter Ilya Bryzgalov for the goal.

"It was a great pass by Mosser. He came back on the short side," said Dawes.

The Coyotes, after being dumped 4-0 in Edmonton on Monday, started the game with jump and were gamers to the bitter end of this match-up.

The win moves the Flames to within a point of Colorado for first place in the Northwest Division with two games in hand.

The Flames will leave Thursday for their longest road trip of the season, a six-game trek that begins in Detroit on Friday.

THE NUMBERS GAME

1 - As in No. 1 overall In average ice time in the NHL is Flames d-man Jay Bouwmeester with 26:43.

2 - Goals in the last three games for Daymond Langkow.

3 - Game point streak for Curtis Glencross (1g 2 a) after a second period assist Wednesday.

5 - Shots on goal for Criag Conroy, Jarome Iginla and Radim Vrbata.

12 - Official hits for the Flames in the first period, three of which were credited to Mark Giordano.

6 -  The number of former Coyotes on the Flames roster: Brian McGrattan, Daymond Langkow, Brandon Prust, Jamie Lundmark, Nigel Dawes and Olli Jokinen. There are three former Flames on the Coyotes roster: Matthew Lombardi, Adrian Aucoin and Jim Vandermeer.

NOTEWORTHY

D Aaron Johnson drew into the line-up for the first time in 13 games in place of the injured Cory Sarich who is out with an undisclosed injury...Calgary and Phoenix split the four-game season series last season with both teams winning two games on the road...Calgary has scored first in 18 of 22 games this season. They're 12-3-3 when getting on the score sheet first ...

WHY CALGARY WON
Strong play along the boards and some timely saves from Miikka Kiprusoff allowed the Flames to subdue the Coyotes.

THE TURNING POINT

Nigel Dawes tucked home the game-winner after some great work by his linemates Daymond Langkow and David Moss behind the Coyotes net at 14:16 of the third period.


THE BIG SAVE
With under three minutes left on the game Miikka Kiprusoff stops Petr Prucha's first shot on a two-on-one and then sticks out a pad to stop Shane Doan on the rebound and preserve the win.

THE ROSTER

Flames scratches were D Staffan Kronwall and F Brian McGrattan. D Cory Sarich and F Rene Bourque missed the game with undisclosed injuries.


OUR STARS
Daymond Langkow  - Strong work down low and a goal for Flame.
Keith Yandle - Scores the Coyotes lone goal
Miikka Kiprusoff - Could have been the first star, too.

 

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