Coyotes 4, Flames 3
Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 9:32 PM
By Associated Press
Defensemen Keith Yandle
and Michal Rozsival
scored goals 19 seconds apart early in the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
With the victory, Phoenix (37-23-11) climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 11 games to play in the regular season.
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Yandle put Phoenix up 3-1 with his 12th goal at 1:53 of the third period when his centering pass deflected into the Calgary net off the knee of Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
The Coyotes increased their lead to three goals when Rozsival's point shot went through a crowd and beat Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Calgary bounced back on Mikael Backlund's power-play goal less than a minute later, and with momentum on their side, the Flames crept to within one goal after Alex Tanguay scored at 9:28 of the third.
However, Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
stood tall in net to preserve the win, finishing the night with 24 saves. He made a dazzling glove save off Tanguay in the first minute of the third and later stopped a shot from the slot by Niklas Hagman which would have tied the score.
and Eric Belanger
also scored for Phoenix, which swept the four-game season series from Calgary and which has earned nine points in the past five games (4-0-1). Stempniak's goal was his first since Jan. 22 - a span of 21 games.
Olli Jokinen had the other goal for Calgary (36-27-9). After playing sizzling hockey for two-and-a-half months, the suddenly banged-up Flames have lost three straight games for the first time since before Christmas.
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The Flames are in eighth place in the West, just one point up on Nashville, which has two games in hand. Anaheim, which has played three fewer games than Calgary, is two back of the Flames.
Bouwmeester was also victimized on the game's opening goal as Phoenix surged in front 1-0 at 8:25 of the first. Taylor Pyatt
made a strong play along the boards, eluding the check of Bouwmeester and carrying the puck behind the net, where he passed to Vernon Fiddler
, who quickly relayed in front for a Stempniak one-timer past a helpless Kiprusoff.
Bouwmeester finished minus-2 on the night, taking shine off his record-setting 496th consecutive game. The 27-year-old set a new Ironman record for defensemen, passing Karlis Skrastins.
Jokinen tied the score 1-1 at 18:02 of the first, scoring from a sharp angle after Rene Bourque's shot deflected off a Coyotes player's leg and caromed right to Jokinen on the far side.
► EDITOR'S NOTE:
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
The Coyotes took a 2-1 lead at 6:11 of the second period, executing a perfect breakout from deep in their end. Center Eric Belanger took a pass from Lauri Korpikoski and got around a flat-footed Jay Bouwmeester, then broke in alone on goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and tucked a backhanded shot under the crossbar.
It was the 12th goal of the season for Belanger and his third in his last four games.
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• The Coyotes swept a four-game season series from the Flames for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
• Captain Shane Doan
notched an assist to extend his point streak to five games. Doan has produced three goals and four assists in the streak.
• Defenseman Rostislav Klesla
returned to the lineup after missing two games because of an injury suffered after getting hit in the face by a shot on March 8. Klesla played a team-high 31 shifts.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle
's goal moved him ahead of Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky and into the top spot in the NHL in scoring for defensemen.
• Not only did he score the game's prettiest goal, but center Eric Belanger
won 10 of 13 faceoffs.
• Phoenix improved to 28-2-2 when leading after two periods and to 12-3-2 against the five teams from the Northwest Division: Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver.
• The Coyotes scratched Martin Hanzal
(lower-body injury), Oliver Ekman-Larsson
and Brett MacLean.
• The Coyotes' next game is Thursday vs. Edmonton at Rexall Place. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on KFNN 1510 (AM).
||"I like the way our guys are working. They're working real hard and playing a pretty smart game. Right now we're getting a couple bounces here and there, but our team is working hard for those bounces."
||"It's great to play teams like this. They bring the best out in us. It's crunch time. If you lose one point, you seem to slide down in the standings so you can't afford to lose any. It's a matter of details and we seem to be doing the right things right now.''
||"We're at a critical point in the year and when you're at a critical point you need to play with a huge urgency, and I didn't think we had it here tonight. I'm not going to sugar coat it. We've lost three (games) in a row now at this time of the season. It's unacceptable."