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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Phoenix Coyotes left the Calgary Flames stranded in the desert.

Phoenix got goals from six different players while Thomas Greiss made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season to lift the Coyotes to a 6-0 victory against the Flames at Arena on Tuesday.

It’s the fourth time in the past six games the Flames have been on the wrong end of a shutout performance.

After both teams couldn’t get on the board in the opening 20 minutes, the Coyotes exploded for three in the second.

Shane Doan broke a scoreless game just 2:07 into the middle frame. After his initial shot was blockered away, Mikkel Boedker’s centering feed hit the Coyotes captain in the shoulder before bouncing behind Reto Berra to put Phoenix up 1-0.

It took just 96 seconds for Phoenix to extend that lead to two. Lauri Korpikoski’s shot hit teammate Radim Vrbata in the back of the legs before skipping right onto the stick of Martin Hanzal, who buried his 12th into a virtually empty net.

Boedker added his 13th of the season at 12:40, one-timing a Mike Ribiero pass from the faceoff circle that beat Berra short side to pace Phoenix’s period.

The Coyotes put up another three over the final 20 minutes.

After Korpikoski put Phoenix up 4-0 at 9:02, he dropped a pass to Michael Stone, who stepped into a slap shot that beat Berra at 15:36. Rob Klinkhammer rounded out the Coyotes’ scoring with just 1:22 remaining after swatting home a Stone rebound on the power play to round out the 6-0 final.


Near the midway mark of the third period, Berra went post-to-post to deny Vermette’s wraparound attempt.


Two goals in 96 seconds early in the second period was too big a hole for the Flames to dig themselves out of in the final 37 minutes of the game.


After going without a goal on Tuesday, Calgary has scored two goals or more just once in Berra’s last 10 starts.


Shane O’Brien and David Jones (eye) missed Tuesday’s game in Phoenix. Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (meniscal tear) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames return to Calgary to host Jay Bouwmeester and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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