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Coyotes 5, Flames 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 5, Flames 4
Calgary Flames 4, Phoenix Coyotes 5

Anthony Perez | Dave Vest
GLENDALE – Led by Vernon Fiddler’s first career hat trick, the Coyotes defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-4, on Friday night at 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 below).

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 forward Scottie Upshall made the score 3-1 at 8:21 of the second period. Ray Whitney fed Upshall a pass off a turnover, and Upshall skated the puck up the ice and then fired a hard slap shot from atop the left faceoff circle that beat Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.

• 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 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).
"Any hat trick would be special, but I grew up an Oilers fan and we didn't like the Flames very much. In street hockey, you always wanted to beat the Flames." "We played well in Detroit and snuck out two points in Chicago so this was a game we really wanted. We've had trouble putting back-to-back wins together and we did it against a good team that really came at us." "We didn't commit too many turnovers, but it seemed like they capitalized on every one. We had a lot of good scoring chances, we played pretty well defensively. We just didn't do enough."
Fiddler Upshall Bourque
Fiddler Korpikoski Bryzgalov
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  • Nov. 12, 2010: PHX 5, CAL 4
• March 10, 2011: 
scoring summary
1st Period
Rene Bourque (8) ASST: Cory Sarich (4)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
Vernon Fiddler (1) ASST: Adrian Aucoin (6), Lauri Korpikoski (3)
1 - 1 Tie
Lee Stempniak (5) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (8), Keith Yandle (5)
2 - 1 PHX
Scottie Upshall (4) ASST: Ray Whitney (6)
3 - 1 PHX
PPG - Ian White (2) ASST: Rene Bourque (6), Olli Jokinen (6)
3 - 2 PHX
3rd Period
Vernon Fiddler (2) ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (4), Taylor Pyatt (3)
4 - 2 PHX
EN - Vernon Fiddler (3) ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (5), Adrian Aucoin (7)
5 - 2 PHX
Alex Tanguay (5) ASST: Matt Stajan (8), Stefan Meyer (2)
5 - 3 PHX
Tim Jackman (2) ASST: Steve Staios (1), Brendan Morrison (9)
5 - 4 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Eric Belanger  Cross checking against  Curtis Glencross
Keith Yandle  Tripping against  Curtis Glencross
3rd Period
Derek Morris  Cross checking against  Niklas Hagman
Scottie Upshall  Tripping against  Robyn Regehr
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 25TOI: 59:13
Saves: 21EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 29 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
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