Iginla paces Flames over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Jarome Iginla scored two goals and assisted on two others and the Calgary Flames downed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Saturday night.
Linemate Daymond Langkow also had a four point game, with a goal and three assists.
Iginla's four-point performance was the second time he has lit up the Coyotes as he had a four-point game against Phoenix on Feb. 23, 2003.
The Flames took the lead in the opening period. Iginla knocked in a rebound of a Dion Phaneuf shot from the left point at 18:21. It was Iginla's 19th of the season.
The Flames increased their lead to 2-0 early in the middle period when Alex Tanguay fired into an open net with Phoenix goal Mikael Telleqvist out of position.
The Coyotes battled back with two straight goals before Langkow put the Flames up at 10:06 of the second.
Iginla opened the socring in the third with a power play marker at 7:12, giving the Flames a 4-2 lead.
Travis Roche, however, scored his first NHL goal on a scramble and the Coyotes were within one.
But Byron Ritchie, scored 55 seconds later to restore the Flames two goal lead.
Tony Amonte, who had two assists, scored into the empty net to make it 6-3.
The six goals is a team high for the Flames on the road this season and the win snaps a five-game losing skid on the road.
The game was No. 2 of six on the current road trip and the Flames are 1-1-0 thus far with Anaheim on tap on Monday.
The Flames were without three regular defencemen as Roman Hamrlik, Andrei Zyuzin and Rhett Warrener are all sidelined with injuries.
The Flames used two rookies, Richie Regehr and Mark Giordano along with journeyman defenceman Brad Ference, playing his first game as a Flames but his 246th in the NHL.
The Calary native played Friday for the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, got up at 5 a.m., caught a flight to Chicago and then had his flight to Phoenix delayed for an hour so he missed the morning skate.
His sticks didn't arrive until just before the game although he had a back-up plan. He had played for Phoenix in the past and they had a couple of his old sticks in their storage area.
"But I think my pattern has changed six times since I was here," said Ference. "It's nice to get a win, especially against one of my former teams."
It was the fourth loss in the last five games for Phoenix.