CALGARY - Ed Jovanovski, Derek Morris, and Steve Reinprecht scored their first goals of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes came away with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
Tied 2-2 going into the second period, Jovanovski notched the go-ahead goal at 11:52 on a low slapshot from the blue-line that trickled in off the glove of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
The goal came on Phoenix's first power-play of the game, and against a red-hot Flames penalty killing unit that had killed off 31-of-33 penalties over the previous eight games.
The Coyotes gave themselves some wiggle room with two minutes left in the second when Reinprecht scored to make it 4-2, much to the chagrin of a sell-out crowd of 19,289.
Rookie centre Kevin Porter slid the puck into the high slot for the trailing Reinprecht on a 3-on-2, and the former Flame moved in and neatly tucked a backhand past the sprawling Kiprusoff. Reinprecht was a healthy scratch when the Flames beat Phoenix 4-1 in Arizona a week ago.
Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix (5-5-0), which snaps a three-game road losing skid, giving him eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last four games. Peter Mueller had two assists.
Daymond Langkow and Dustin Boyd scored in the first period for Calgary (7-5-1), which have dropped two games in row since their six-game winning streak was snapped.
Although not overly busy, Ilya Bryzgalov made 27 saves for Phoenix to improve to 4-4-0, delivering some timely saves, most notably in the third period.
Kiprusoff, who has started every game for Calgary, finished with 18 saves.
Calgary struck first at 3:20 capitalizing on Porter's turnover along the boards, when David Moss and Curtis Glencross combined to work the puck into the slot where Langkow snapped his third goal of the season into the top corner.
Phoenix got back to even at 10:23 when Morris - shorthanded - put a 40-foot slapshot inside the goal post.
Doan put the Coyotes ahead at 18:24 on a pretty move from out of the corner, but the Flames tied it with 16 seconds left in the period on a bit of good fortune when Marc Giordano's shot first deflected off the stick of Moss and then caromed off Boyd's stick getting past Bryzgalov.
Also in the first period was a bizarre sequence surrounding a spirited fight between Phoenix's Garth Murray and Calgary's Eric Nystrom. Immediately after a face off, four sets of gloves came off with Phoenix's Daniel Carcillo and Calgary's Brandon Prust - the wingers on the opposing side of Murray and Nystrom, also preparing to trade punches.
However, before either fight began, both sets of players looked over at the other and there was a long pause of indecision over which pair should start fighting.
Notes: Calgary D Robyn Regehr returned to the line-up after missing the previous game with an undisclosed injury... Rookie Phoenix C Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch. His spot was taken by Murray, who was recalled Monday from San Antonio (AHL). Murray's first game with the Coyotes was his 107th career NHL game. Murray, 26, has also seen time with the New York Rangers, Montreal and Florida... Reinprecht's goal was his 300th NHL point... Calgary RW Todd Bertuzzi was a minus-3 to drop to a team-worst minus-10 for the season. D Marc Giordano leads the Flames at plus-4... Kiprusoff is the lone NHL goalie to have played in every minute of his team's games.