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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


GLENDALE, AZ -- Shane Doan used his 350th career goal to power the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at Arena on Saturday.

With the Flames in significant penalty trouble throughout the third, Coyotes captain Shane Doan made Calgary pay, deflecting Keith Yandle’s point shot behind Joni Ortio to pull Phoenix ahead 3-2 at 8:49. The goal came after Tyler Wotherspoon was whistled for holding David Moss, one of six consecutive minor penalties assessed to the Flames in the third.

By the time Calgary had an opportunity to go on the offensive, there was little time to search for the equalizer and TJ Brodie’s unsportsmanlike penalty -- the last of Calgary’s minors in the period -- with 2:12 remaining.

A late interference call to Oliver Ekman-Larsson gave the Flames a late window of opportunity to pull Ortio for a 5-on-4 advantage, but Calgary couldn’t solve Mike Smith and overcome the one-goal deficit.

The Coyotes wasted little time jumping on a Flames team playing its second game in 48 hours and third and four days.

With a nifty tip, Chris Summers redirected Lauri Korpikoski’s centering feed over the blocker of starter Ortio to open the scoring just 4:35 into the game, the first marker of his NHL career. His gaff playing the puck behind the net opened the door for Rob Klinkhammer to tuck his 10th goal of the season into the vacant net to extend Phoenix’s lead to 2-0 five minutes later.

Thanks in large part to Mike Cammalleri’s exploits on the power play, the Flames clawed their way back in the second period.

With former Calgary defenceman Derek Morris in the penalty box for holding, Cammalleri snapped a shot from the top of the circle that Curtis Glencross tipped to sneak it by Smith at 7:46. The goal is Glencross’ first since returning from a 29 game absence due to a high ankle sprain. Previously, his last goal came on Dec. 15th.

After Jeff Halpern was flagged for tripping, Cammalleri went to work again, feeding a pass from below the goal line to Mikael Backlund for a tap-in and the tie with 4:23 remaining in the middle frame.

Calgary had plenty of opportunities sandwiched between the two goals but Smith stood tall in blockering away another Glencross offering from in tight before getting a piece of a Cammalleri offering for two of 16 second period saves.


Trailing 2-1 and with a man advantage, Cammalleri spotted Backlund parked on the edge of the crease in front of Smith for a tap-in at 15:37 to send the game into the third period locked at two.


Just 3:25 into the game, Klinkhammer stepped around a Flames blueliner and barreled in on Ortio, who didn’t let the Coyotes tuck the puck inside the post to keep the game scoreless early on.


Six consecutive power plays in Phoenix’s favour slowed the Flames as they looked for the equalizer to Doan’s 350th career goal, which came on the Coyotes’ third power play of the third period.


With Calgary's penalty trouble Saturday, Lance Bouma saw 7:55 of penalty killing ice time.


Matt Stajan missed the game against Phoenix due to personal reasons. Markus Granlund (upper body), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), David Jones (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames return to Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. MST, SNET-FLAMES, Sportsnet 960 The FAN) and the Nashville Predators on Friday (7 p.m. MST, SNET-West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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