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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
GLENDALE, AZ -- Despite a furious last minute of play which saw them score two goals in 29 seconds, the Calgary Flames fell 5-4 to Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Alex Tanguay and Tim Jackman scored at 19:11 and 19:40 respectively and Ian White notched his second of season in the contest.

Rene Bourque added to his already-impressive points total, scoring the Flames opening tally and assisting on White's second period goal.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves in the loss.

The Flames held onto the momentum they had at the tail end of the middle stanza throughout most of the third period but an errant play in their own end led to Coyotes goal. Lauri Korpikoski slapped a pass from the side of the net to a waiting Vernon Fiddler. The forward had the time and space in the slot to wire a shot at Kiprusoff and while he made the initial save, the puck trickled just under his pad. Fiddler had swarmed the net and smacked the puck into the back of the net.

The Flames were unable to get themselves fully back into the contest after the tally and it cost them two points.

Just over 3:00 into the first period, Taylor Pyatt had a golden opportunity after he blocked Cory Sarich's blast from the blueline. The speedy forward outskated both Sarich and Jay Bouwmeester, corralled the puck and went into the Flames zone on a breakaway. He sent a hard wrist shot at Kiprusoff but the Finnish netminder came up with a huge pad save to keep the game scoreless.

Given the fact the Coyotes carried for play for the first 5:00 of regulation, the save ensured the Flames could get themselves into the game without going down a goal.

Rene Bourque not only picked up his 8th goal and 13th point of the season in the contest but was the Flames hardest working player through 60 minutes. The rugged forward contributed offensively and maintained a crucial level of defensive responsibility in his own zone.

He had four shots on net and even rating in 18:53 of ice time.

Defenceman White had 30 shifts in the game, the most of any Flame player. His average shift was 0:49, he spent 3:56 on the power play, scored the Flames second goal while the club had the man advantage and had a total of 24:56 ice time.

"Playing in Canada, there's a lot of pressure, especially in Calgary the last few years with the guys we have, the expectations they have on us. We try not to worry about. Right now, we just have to win games." - Bourque on how the team copes with the pressures of playing in hockey market (via TSN)

Saturday, Nov. 13 vs. Sharks
  8:00 PM MT (CBC, FAN 960)

The Flames will end their road swing in sunny California, taking on the San Jose Sharks. The last time the two met was Oct. 24 when the Flames shutout the Sharks by a score of 4-0.

The puck drops at 8:00 PM MT on CBC & The FAN 960.
4 Straight games with power play tallies for Calgary.
13 Points in 13 games for Bourque.
0 Penalties taken by the Flames.
8 Shots on net for David Moss.
26 Hits for the Flames. Sarich & Robyn Regehr each had 5.

1st Star
Rene Bourque
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 0 4
2nd Star
Curtis Glencross
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 0 2
3rd Star
Olli Jokinen
G A P +/- Shots
0 1 1 +1 1

Ilya Bryzgalov
35 31 4 60:00 .885

Miikka Kiprusoff
25 21 4 59:13 .840

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