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