GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ With Jarome Iginla on the ice, Calgary didn't need
its missing forwards.
Iginla scored his 39th goal, Roman Turek earned his second straight shutout
and the Flames snapped a two-game skid by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0
Iginla, who also had an assist, is tied with Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk and
Columbus' Rick Nash for the NHL lead in goals. But he was focused on the
sixth-place Flames' race for the playoffs.
``It's hard not to watch the other teams on the scoreboard,'' Iginla said.
``But we realize that's a huge win, a huge step toward the playoffs. It makes
it closer now. We've just got to finish it.''
The Flames played without forwards Krzysztof Oliwa, who drew a three-game
suspension, Chris Simon and Dean McAmmond.
Simon began a two-game suspension for kneeing Sergei Zubov of Dallas on
Monday night, and McCammond was scratched because of injury.
But it never slowed Calgary's production.
Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist, Marcus Nilson and Martin Gelinas
added goals, and Denis Gauthier had two assists for the Flames.
Turek, who beat St. Louis 3-0 in his last start on March 14, made 22 saves.
``I played the last game against St. Louis, and that was a big game for us,
and now another big game, because we lost two games in a row and we needed the
points,'' Turek said. ``So I was ready. But it's a little bit difficult
situation if you don't play every night.''
Brent Johnson stopped 27 shots for the Coyotes, who beat Minnesota in
overtime Monday to snap the third-longest winless streak in franchise history
at 15 games. They are 1-9-4-3 in their last 17.
The Coyotes took 12 shots in the first period, then fizzled with two in the
``We got away from our game,'' captain Shane Doan said. ``We played solid in
the first with energy and skated hard.''
Calgary coach and general manager Darryl Sutter completed his two-game
suspension for his part in a brawl Saturday against Nashville, which included
sending enforcer Oliwa onto the ice in the final seconds of a 3-1 loss.
The Flames took the fight out of the Coyotes by scoring twice in the first
3:45 of the third period to take a 4-0 lead.
Iginla's speed figured in his goal 41 seconds in. He got the puck from
Conroy after a faceoff, raced through the neutral zone, squeezed between
defenseman Radoslav Suchy and the boards and turned up in the circle for an
open shot that went in off Johnson's stick.
``When your best players are your best players, it gives you a chance to
win,'' Calgary assistant coach Jim Playfair said. ``That's what we had to
Gelinas added a power-play goal 3:04 later after officials decided that his
glove deflection of a slap shot by Gauthier was low enough to count.
``We were right there with them,'' Coyotes coach Rick Bowness said. ``The
third period unfortunately starts out with that bad Iginla goal and that crazy
Nilson beat Johnson with a one-timer in the slot with 8:49 left in the first
Calgary only managed one shot during a four-minute power play early in the
second _ served by Krys Kolanos for high-sticking Conroy, who was forced to
seek attention for an eye injury in the dressing room.
But Conroy was back on the ice shortly after, and made it 2-0 with 9:09 left
in the second when he wristed a shot over Johnson's left shoulder. The sequence
began when Gauthier fielded a long rebound of a shot by Doan and passed it to
Iginla on the right wing.
Conroy faded toward the opposite circle, and Iginla sent him an accurate