Game Story: Calgary Flames 5, Phoenix Coyotes 4
Herald’s three stars are Curtis Glencross, Jarome Iginla and Raffi Torres
Calgary LW Curtis Glencross — Played a tough, gritty game all the way through. But, of course, also came up when it counted. Set-up Mike Cammalleri to net his 200th career point and had the game-winning slapshot very late in the third. Also added two blocked shots and three hits after two periods and was physical in the third.
Calgary RW Jarome Iginla — The captain was one of the key difference makers. Netted a gritty goal to give his team life in the second and, again, lifted them in the third.
Phoenix LW Raffi Torres — With a pair of fancy goals, Torres made Calgary’s defence look silly on both.
WHY THE FLAMES WON
Because, after falling asleep at the wheel in the third, they didn’t quit. They also had big-time performances from their best players — something that certainly wasn’t there in last week’s 4-0 loss to the Coyotes.
THE BIG HIT
In the third, Curtis Glencross takes a run at Phoenix defenceman Chris Summers who was trying to move the puck out of the Coyotes zone. The Flames winger drops a shoulder and completely crushes him into the boards.
THE BIG SAVE
Early in the game, Calgary was setting up on a power-play with Antoine Vermette off four-minutes for high-sticking. Jiri Hudler fed Jay Bouwmeester in front. Bouwmeester tried to get a piece of it but, instead, the shot went off Phoenix netminder Mike Smith’s shoulder.
THE BIG PLAY
Some hard work around the net gave Jarome Iginla his second goal as he punched in a loose puck during a crease scrum at the end of the middle period. The marker knotted the game. Sure enough, with 34.3 seconds remaining in the frame, Cammalleri scored blocker-side to go up 3-2.
Flames Scratches: Injuries — G Miikka Kiprusoff (Knee), C Mikael Backlund (Knee), Rw Akim Aliu (Lower Body), D Cory Sarich, And D Anton Babchuk.
Coyotes Scratches: Injuries — D David Rundblad, C Martin Hanzal (Upper Body), Rw Radim Vrbata (Lower Body)
Flames 5 Coyotes 4
1. Calgary, T Jackman 1 (R Cervenka, C Butler) 2:15.
Penalties — A Vermette Pho (High-sticking) 5:49; L Stempniak Cgy (Tripping) 11:01.
2. Phoenix, M Stone 1 (pp) (unassisted) 5:32.
3. Phoenix, R Torres 3 (M Lombardi, O Ekman-Larsson) 14:01.
4. Calgary, J Iginla 2 (J Bouwmeester, A Tanguay) 16:26.
5. Calgary, M Cammalleri 5 (C Glencross, L Stempniak) 19:25.
Penalties — S Begin Cgy (High-sticking) 3:05; M Stajan Cgy (Holding) 3:22; M Stajan Cgy (Interference) 5:26; C Summers Pho (Holding) 6:43; M Cammalleri Cgy (Face-off Violation) 11:58; A Vermette Pho (Roughing) 20:00; J Iginla Cgy (Roughing) 20:00.
6. Phoenix, R Torres 4 (Z Michalek, S Doan) 2:22.
7. Phoenix, N Johnson 4 (O Ekman-Larsson, P Bissonnette) 8:48.
8. Calgary, J Iginla 3 (A Tanguay, M Stajan) 18:37.
9. Calgary, C Glencross 7 (L Stempniak, C Butler) 19:00.
Penalties — None.
Shots on goal by
Phoenix 6 7 14 —27
Calgary 7 15 9 —31
Power plays (goals-chances) — Phoenix: 1-5, Calgarygary: 0-3.
Goal (shots-saves) — Phoenix: M Smith (31-26, L, 6-5-2). Calgary: J MacDonald (27-23, W, 3-2-0).
Referees: Tim Peel, Ian Walsh.
Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Andy McElman. Att. at Calgary — 19,289.
The Flames take off again for a two-game road-trip, starting with a rematch against the Minnesota Wild on the road Tuesday (6 p.m., SNET-W) and face the Colorado Avalanche Thursday (7 p.m., SNET-W).
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