|CGY||3||0||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|PHX||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 2||EV: 22-23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6-7|
|SV%: .935||SH: 1-1|
|G: 1||Shots: 4|
|A: 0||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: -1||TOI: 16:48|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: -1||TOI: 13:20|
By Jerry Brown | NHL.com Correspondent
GLENDALE -- Even when they were red-hot, the Coyotes spent a lot of time playing with fire.
On Thursday night, they finally got burned.
The slumping Calgary Flames made the Coyotes pay for their string of bad first periods, scoring three times on the way to a 4-2 victory at Jobing.com Arena that ended Phoenix's 11-0-1 run.
Mike Cammalleri, Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen scored in the first 17:23 of the game and the Flames, who remain in 11th place in the Western Conference with 69 points, snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-2).
Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak against Phoenix dating to March 31, 2010.
Raffi Torres and Michal Rozsival scored goals early in the second period for the Coyotes (33-22-9). But Phoenix couldn't get any closer – Ray Whitney was stoned by Kiprusoff on a breakaway later in the period and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson hit a post behind Kiprusoff with 13 minutes left in regulation.
The Coyotes were 11-0-1 in February, but ended the month with a string of poor first periods – falling behind 3-0 to Los Angeles (Feb. 21), 2-0 to the Flames in Calgary last Thursday and 1-0 to Vancouver on Tuesday.
Phoenix managed to rally to win all three games in shootouts, but couldn't make it up the mountain this time, starting March with their first regulation defeat since a 4-1 home loss to Anaheim on Jan. 31. The Coyotes were able to keep their two-point lead in the Pacific Division when San Jose lost 1-0 at home to Buffalo Thursday.
"We've been coming from behind too many times," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "If you do that too much you're going to get burned and tonight, that first period was about as bad as we've been in a while and it cost us. We couldn't come back from it."
Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith came into the game with 11 straight wins, a span in which he allowed just 16 goals. But the Coyotes dug a huge first-period hole with sloppy play and a flurry of turnovers that the desperate Flames were happy to pounce upon.
It started when Ekman-Larsson's lazy pass in his own zone was redirected by Iginla. Calgary's captain found Alex Tanguay, who set up Cammalleri for a one-timer that Smith never saw at 14:09. But the Flames were just getting started.
With TJ Brodie in the penalty box for hooking – one of four penalties Calgary took in the first 20 minutes – Glencross beat Whitney down the wall and fired a shot from a sharp angle right before the goal line that somehow squeezed between Smith's flexed knee and the post at 16:00. It was Glencross' 20th and only the second shorthanded goal by this Flames this season.
|Photo by Norm Hall.|
Calgary (29-24-11) came within three seconds of getting another shortie on the same penalty kill. As Brodie was exiting the box, Rozsival surprised defense partner Keith Yandle with a drop pass in his own zone. Yandle lost the handle and Jokinen swooped in to grab the puck and lift it over Smith for his 20th goal and the Flames had a 3-0 cushion.
But as they did during their month-long string of wins, the Coyotes regrouped and got back into the game quickly with a dominant second period.
Taking advantage of a carry-over penalty to start the second period, Torres parked himself in front of the net and tipped home Yandle's one-timer from the point at 1:27 to start a rally. Just 2:21 later, Coyotes forwards Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal forced a Tanguay turnover and Rozsival jumped up into the slot to one-time a shot under the crossbar for his first goal since last March 24 to pull his team within a goal.
But Kiprusoff slammed the door from there, denying Whitney on a breakaway (see KEY MOMENT below) and again from close range with his mask before catching a break when Ekman-Larsson's shot found iron in the third.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Mike Cammalleri (15) ASST: Alex Tanguay (28), Jarome Iginla (26)|
1 - 0 CGY
|SHG - Curtis Glencross (20) ASST: Mark Giordano (11), Scott Hannan (9)|
2 - 0 CGY
|Olli Jokinen (20) ASST: NONE|
3 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Raffi Torres (10) ASST: Keith Yandle (29), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (16)|
3 - 1 CGY
|Michal Rozsival (1) ASST: Martin Hanzal (22), Radim Vrbata (24)|
3 - 2 CGY
|PPG - EN - Jarome Iginla (24) ASST: Matt Stajan (6), Alex Tanguay (29)|
4 - 2 CGY
|Tim Jackman Interference - Goalkeeper against Mike Smith|
|TJ Brodie Hooking against Ray Whitney|
|Olli Jokinen Tripping against Taylor Pyatt|
|Mark Giordano Tripping against Taylor Pyatt|
|Paul Bissonnette Fighting against Tim Jackman|
|Tim Jackman Fighting against Paul Bissonnette|
|Mike Smith Delaying Game - Illegal play by goalie|
|Curtis Glencross Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Cory Sarich Tripping against Ray Whitney|
|Antoine Vermette Hooking against Alex Tanguay|
|Keith Yandle Hooking against Roman Horak|
|SA: 31||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .935||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 30||TOI: 59:42|
|Saves: 27||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 2||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .900||SH: 0 - 1|