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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- It may be a regular season game in January, but the Calgary Flames were able to regain home ice advantage.

Karri Ramo made 30 saves while Matt Stajan’s second period goal stood as the winner as the Flames beat the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

The Flames went nearly a month between home wins in Calgary, whose last victory in their own building prior to Wednesday came in a 4-3 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 23 -- a span of seven games.

It didn’t take long for the Flames to get rolling, either.

Sean Monahan put Calgary up near the midway mark of the first period, converting on a pass from TJ Galiardi for his team-leading 14th goal of the season to put the Flames up 1-0.

Lance Bouma, with his fourth of the year, extended Calgary’s lead to two. Sprung in alone on Mike Smith courtesy a bounce-pass off the boards from TJ Brodie, Bouma made no mistake, going over the glove of the Coyotes goaltender at 8:48 of the second period.

Antoine Vermette replied four minutes later for Phoenix, but Stajan stepped into a blast in the high slot and beat Smith to restore Calgary’s two-goal advantage.

It held up as the winner after Shane Doan’s shot snuck under the pad of Ramo to cut Calgary’s lead to one 6:50 into the third period.

From there, Ramo was perfect to help snap the Flames’ skid on home ice.


Galiardi stepped around Yandle and fed a goal line pass to a streaking Monahan, who tapped in his team-leading 14th goal of the season to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 11:44 of the first period.


Just 35 seconds after Monahan’s tally, a sprawled Ramo robbed Mike Ribiero after he was set up by Lauri Korpikoski’s backhander through the slot.


Stajan’s marker with just 3:59 remaining in the second period gave the Flames a two-goal cushion they needed over the final 20 minutes of the game.


With an assist on Bouma’s second period marker, Ramo earned his first point as a member of the Flames and the third of his career.


TJ Galiardi, Paul Byron and Shane O’Brien were scratched against the Sharks. Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed the game due to injury.


The Flames continue their five-game homestand on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators (7 p.m. MT, SNET-Flames, Sportsnet 960 The Fan) at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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