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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- There was little in the way of quick for the Calgary Flames.

Trailing the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday night, the Flames rallied with goals 23 seconds apart in the final minutes of the game to flip what looked to be a regulation loss into a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Down by one with just 1:23 remaining in the game, captain Jarome Iginla converted a cross-ice feed from Alex Tanguay and wrestled it behind Coyotes starter Mike Smith to tie the game before a blast from the high slot off the stick of Curtis Glencross gave Calgary their second consecutive win on home ice.

The comeback came after the Coyotes erased a deficit of their own early in the third.

Trailing 3-2 heading into the third period, Raffi Torres converted a feed from Zbynek Michalek for his second of the night to tie the game just 2:22 in. Nick Johnson added another at 8:48 to give Phoenix a temporary lead.

Tim Jackman, with his first goal in 52 games, opened the scoring in the first period for Calgary, chipping a backhand under the arm of Smith to make it 1-0.

That lead was erased by former Calgary Hitmen blueliner Michael Stone, whose point shot didn’t make it to Flames goalie Joey MacDonald before ricocheting off the skate of Jay Bouwmeester and into the net to make it 1-1 in the second period.

Torres and Iginla traded goals 2:24 apart before Mike Cammalleri helped the Flames take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.


Glencross’ blast from the high slot with exactly a minute remaining in the game ripped through the pad of Smith and held up as the game winner.


With the Coyotes on the power play with just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, MacDonald kicked a one-timer off his right pad from the stick of Oliver Ekman-Larsson to keep it 1-1.


Iginla’s goal to tie the game with 1:23 remaining in the game put momentum in Calgary’s favour and paved the way for Glencross’ winner 23 seconds after.


“It was a great pass by Tangs. I saw it coming over and I could tell Smith was a little bit out of the net. I knew I would have a lot to shoot at and it went off the top of my stick. It went from ‘Oh my God’, then it hit me in the belly or something and went in. It was definitely a good break.”

-Iginla on his game-tying goal.


Jackman’s goal was his first since December 29th, 2011 – a span of 52 games.


Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk and Akim Aliu were the scratches for Calgary against the Coyotes. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and forwards Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund remain out of the lineup due to injury.


The Flames hit the road for two games in three nights starting in Minnesota against the Wild on Tuesday (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before heading to Colorado to tackle the Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-CGY).

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