Anthony Perez | Dave Vest
Led by Vernon Fiddler
’s first career hat trick, the Coyotes defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-4, on Friday night at Jobing.com Arena.
The Flames struck first when Rene Borque netted his eighth goal of the season at the 9:24 mark of the first period to give his team a 1-0 advantage.
But the second period belonged to the Coyotes (6-5-5), who scored three goals before the period was half over.
Fiddler buried a wrist shot just 1:34 into the period to tie the score at one apiece. At the 5:22 mark, Lee Stempniak
found the back of the net off a cross-ice pass from Wojtek Wolski
to pick up his fifth goal of the season and give Phoenix a 2-1 lead. Scottie Upshall
completed the second-period scoring for the Coyotes (see KEY MOMENT
At the 12:32 mark of the second period, Coyotes forward Eric Belanger
was called for a cross-checking penalty, which led to an Ian White power-play goal just eight seconds later to cut the Phoenix lead to 3-2.
Fiddler notched his second goal of the night at the 12:24 mark of the third period when Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff left a loose puck in the crease and Fiddler tapped it in to put the Coyotes back up by two.
“I was just skating by to skate around the net, just in case, and I got lucky,” Fiddler said. “It was just sitting there and he (Kiprusoff) had no idea where it was. Luckily the ref didn’t blow it (the whistle).”
Fiddler’s third goal came with 1:38 left in the game with Calgary's net empty. Oddly, it turned out to be the game-winning goal. That's because Calgary (7-8-0) scored twice in the game's final minute to make things interesting.
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
stopped 31 of the 35 five shots he faced, while Kiprusoff saved 21 of the 25 shots he faced in the losing effort.
• Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler
not only notched his first career hat trick, he won 14 of 17 faceoffs.
• The victory was the second in a row for the Coyotes, who beat Chicago 2-1 on Wednesday. The two-game win streak is Phoenix's first of the season.
• Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski
set a new career-high for points in a game with three - all assists.
• Defenseman Garrett Stafford
played his first game with the Coyotes since signing as a free agent over the summer. Stafford played 14:52, took two shots on goal, delivered two hits and was plus-1.
• For the second consecutive game, the Coyotes were not awarded a power play.
• NASCAR drive Dale Earnhardt, Jr., attended the game. Click here
to watch a pre-game interview with him.
• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette
, Shane Doan
(lower-body injury), and David Schlemko
• The Coyotes' next game is on Saturday vs. the St. Louis Blues at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona (tape delay after the ASU/Stanford football game). It can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).