|PHX||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|CGY||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|G: 0||Shots: 0|
|A: 1||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 23:24|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:21|
|GA: 1||EV: 24-25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3-3|
|SV%: .964||SH: 0-0|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 20:45|
By Aaron Vickers | NHL.com Correspondent
CALGARY -- For the second consecutive game, Sven Baertschi, Jarome Iginla and Matt Stajan scored goals – in that order – to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.
The Flames (34-25-12) extended their winning streak to a season-high five games as they attempt to chase down a playoff position in the West.
The Coyotes (35-26-11) lost the game but remained in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 10 games left on their schedule.
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Once again, Phoenix fell behind early when Baertschi intercepted a Keith Yandle pass in front of the Coyotes net, went to his backhand and lifted the puck under the crossbar just 17 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
Baertschi, Calgary's top pick in last June's NHL Draft, has goals in three straight games.
Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett was less than pleased with his team's start.
"It certainly wasn't the way we wanted to start," Tippett said. "You give up a goal 20 seconds in on a bad turnover. You know you're going to have to come in here and play a real determined, real tight game and not give them anything unearned. It took 20 seconds to give them an unearned."
Iginla gave Calgary a 2-0 edge 5:16 into the second period. After sneaking behind the Coyotes defense and taking a 125-foot stretch pass from the Calgary end from Mark Giordano, Iginla broke in and let off a wrister that eluded the glove of Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Iginla extended his goal-scoring streak to six games.
Phoenix scored its goal with 2:23 left in the second period. After gaining the blue line, winger Ray Whitney cut towards the net before dishing a pass to Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who was able to beat Miikka Kiprusoff before he had a chance to reposition and cut Phoenix's deficit to 2-1.
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But Calgary answered back just 33 seconds later. Cory Sarich's centering pass went off the skate of Smith before ricocheting off Stajan's shin pad and into the back of the net, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
"The shift right after (we score), we turn over another one and it's in the back of our net," Tippett said. "We have to find a way to make these plays that are critical to the outcomes of games. You can't give opportunities away and that's what we're doing."
Whitney tried to cut the margin to one again just over a minute into the third, but he couldn't beat Kiprusoff after sneaking in alone on the Flames goaltender. It was one of 10 shots launched at Kiprusoff in the first five minutes of the final period.
Calgary sealed the win by scoring a shorthanded goal in the third period. (see KEY MOMENT below).
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|Sven Baertschi (3) ASST: NONE|
1 - 0 CGY
|Jarome Iginla (31) ASST: Mark Giordano (15), Scott Hannan (10)|
2 - 0 CGY
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson (11) ASST: Ray Whitney (45), Rostislav Klesla (10)|
2 - 1 CGY
|Matt Stajan (6) ASST: Cory Sarich (5)|
3 - 1 CGY
|SHG - Alex Tanguay (12) ASST: Curtis Glencross (19)|
4 - 1 CGY
|Shane Doan Boarding against Mark Giordano|
|Paul Bissonnette Fighting (maj) against Guillaume Desbiens|
|Guillaume Desbiens Fighting (maj) against Paul Bissonnette|
|Olli Jokinen Hooking against Raffi Torres|
|Olli Jokinen Slashing against Shane Doan|
|Michal Rozsival Tripping against Matt Stajan|
|Sven Baertschi Too many men/ice - bench|
|SA: 19||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 15||EV: 12 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .789||SH: 1 - 2|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:21|
|Saves: 27||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .964||SH: 0 - 0|