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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames have their captain back.

Mark Giordano scored a goal and added an assist in his first game since Oct. 21st to lead the Flames to a 4-1 over the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Giordano had two goals and seven assists in eight games and was averaging over 25 minutes of action a night before returning from a broken ankle to a two-point night.

After dropping behind 1-0 before recording their first shot on net, the Flames exploded for four consecutive goals.

TJ Brodie tied the game in the dying seconds of the first period, rifling a shot over the glove of Thomas Greiss to even the game 1-1 with just 7.6 seconds remaining.

Mikael Backlund gave the Flames the lead 5:48 into the second, one-timing Jiri Hudler’s cross-ice pass over Greiss’ shoulder and under the bar to put Calgary up 2-1. The goal was his first goal in 19 games.

Giordano capped the outburst with a one-timer of his own, bouncing a Brodie feed off the stick of Antoine Vermette and behind the Coyotes’ starter to put the Flames up two at 11:46.

Calgary went up 4-1 early in the third after Matt Stajan connected with Lee Stempniak on a shorthanded opportunity. After beating Keith Yandle at the blue line, Stajan fed Stempniak for a tap in, the Flames’ league-leading sixth shorthanded goal this season.

The lead would plenty for Karri Ramo, who finished the game with 29 saves.


Though Hudler’s feed was intended for Lee Stempniak in the slot, Brodie stepped into a bullet that skipped off David Schlemko and beat Greiss with just 7.6 seconds remaining in the first period to tie the game for Calgary.


With 8:27 remaining in the second period, Ramo fished a Vermette offering out of the air with his glove to keep the Flames up 2-1. He made another with the arm off Mikkel Boedker with just 34 seconds remaining in the middle frame to preserve Calgary’s 3-1 lead.


Giordano’s second-period marker off the stick off Vermette gave Calgary a two-goal cushion that the Flames were able to maintain.


“I thought he played well. He obviously scored a goal which is always a bonus but he brings a physical presence on the blue line and he moves the puck well and just being the leader of the team, you always feel better when he’s in the lineup so I’m happy for him to step in and have some success. He’s a huge part of our team.”

-Lee Stempniak on Giordano


The Flames are 5-2-2 with Giordano in the lineup this season.


Christopher Breen, Derek Smith and Max Reinhart were scratched against the Coyotes. Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain), TJ Galiardi (back), Dennis Wideman (hand) and Sean Monahan (foot) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames welcome the Colorado Avalanche to Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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