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Matthew Lombardi scores twice as Flames beat Coyotes 7-5

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Matthew Lombardi scored two goals to help the Calgary Flames outscore the Phoenix Coyotes 7-5 on Saturday night.

The Flames won for third time in four games, with the loss coming in a shootout in Anaheim on Wednesday night. Phoenix lost for the eighth time in its last nine games. Lomabardi had his first two-goal game of the season and second multi-point game in his last four. He had a goal and two assists against Montreal on Monday night.

Adrian Aucoin, Daymond Langkow, Cory Sarich, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom also scored for Calgary. Daniel Winnik and Viktor Tikhonov each had two goals for Phoenix, and Shane Doan also scored.

An early Phoenix lead was quickly erased when the Flames scored five of the game's next six goals.

The Phoenix power play, tied for 28th in the NHL, clicked with the man advantage midway through the first period. Winnik tipped in Zbynek Michalek's shot from the right point for his first of the season at 8:23 of the opening session.

Then, the Flames took control.

Tying the game six minutes later, Aucoin's slapshot from the top of the right face circle beat Ilya Bryzgalov at 14:21.

The Flames took the lead with two goals in less 2 1/2 minutes in the middle period.

First, Langkow's 17th of the season at 7:21 of the season put Calgary up by one. Langkow scored when his slapshot from 30 feet eluded Bryzgalov. Then, Sarich's wrist shot from the blue-line sailed over Bryzgalov's glove at 9:47.

The Coyotes responded less than three minutes later on Winnik's second goal.

Lombardi then increased the Flames' lead to two less than a minute later when he knocked in his own rebound at 12:52.

Curtis Glencross upped the margin by three when he converted a two-on-none in front of Bryzgalov, short-handed, at 19:46.

In the final period, Doan scored his 22nd of the season at 5:17, and Tikhonov added a pair late in the session. Earlier in the third period, the Flames' Eric Nystrom extended the lead to 7-3 with his third of the season.

Notes: Bryzgalov allowed seven goals in a game for the second time in a week. He surrendered that amount in a 7-2 loss to Carolina at home Feb. 7. ... Sarich picked up his second two-point effort of the season. His other came Dec. 16 against St. Louis. ... The Coyotes had 20 shots in the first period, their most in a period this season. ... Bryzgalov started his 16th straight game, the longest streak of his NHL career. ... Peter Mueller returned the Phoenix lineup after missing seven games.

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