Inside the Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

Notes, quotes, stats and more from the Flames-Coyotes game

Thursday, 03.12.2009 / 10:20 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Inside the Game: Flames vs. Coyotes
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GLENDALE -- The Calgary Flames fought hard in tight game but fell 2-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

"We wanted the two points tonight and obviously we didn't get them," Fredrik Sjostrom told Calgary Flames PPV. "We gave up too many good scoring chances tonight.

"There were some good parts in the game but I think we could have played better."

The Flames are now 10-2-3 on the road this season. The last time they lost in regulation on the road was on Oct. 13 in Columbus. The loss also ended a 10 game point streak on the road.

"We weren't as sharp or as crisp as were have been lately," lamented Jarome Iginla when asked about the game by the PPV crew. He resolved the team would have a quicker start on Saturday night.

"We'll get back at it next game."

Rene Bourque returned to the lineup after missing six games with an undisclosed injury. He led the team in shots with four but the coaching staff felt his game was off from the time he missed.

"At times he misread things in the neutral zone and the defensive zone," head coach Brent Sutter said.

The Flames opened the scoring for the 22nd time in 26 games when David Moss threw in the rebound off Dion Phaneuf's shot. The goal, scored with just a single second left in the first frame, was Moss's sixth of the year and extended his points streak to a career-high five games.

Petr Prucha scored the equalizer at 9:40 in the second period with a quick wrister that beat Kiprusoff on the stick side. The goal ended Kiprusoff's shutout streak and was the first puck to beat him in seven periods.

Taylor Pyatt scored the game winner late in the third period when he snapped off a quick shot as he was falling to the ice. It was Pyatt's second tally of the season and his first in 13 games.

The game ended with the Flames pressing hard for the tying marker but they weren't able to get anything past Ilya Bryzgalov in the dying minutes.

The Flames will face their biggest challenge of this road swing when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m MST on CBC and The FAN 960.

WHY CALGARY LOST

The Flames puck possession and support wasn't great like it has been as of late. Their passes weren't quick, clean and crisp - which can be partly attributed to the poor ice conditions - and the Coyotes were able to gain control of the play because of this. Sutter said his team worked hard but "didn't work smart." Several players echoed this sentiment when questioned after the game.

THE NUMBERS GAME

Kiprusoff's shutout streak ended at 161:13 with Petr Prucha's second period goal ...  Moss set a new career high with the opening goal: he now has points in five straight games ... Nigel Dawes four-game point streak was snapped ... workhorse Jay Bouwmeester played 27:59 ... Bourque led the team in shots on net with four ... Craig Conroy won 54 per cent of his draws. 


THE BIG SAVE

Midway through the first period, the Coyotes burst into the Flames zone on a two-on-two and despite their best efforts, they were stymied by Kiprusoff. Taylor Pyatt made the initial shot and the rebound went right to Daniel Winnik. The forward thought he had a sure goal as Kiprusoff was still on the ice from the first shot but the Flames 'tender stacked both pads to make a spectacular save.


OUR 3 STARS

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
Ilya Bryzgalov
Able to hold his team's lead in a close game
David Moss
Scored the Flames goal, extending his hot streak
Taylor Pyatt
Scored the game winner in a tight tilt

NOTEWORTHY


Calgary has scored first in 22 of 26 games this season. They're 15-4-3 when getting on the score sheet first ... Conroy needs three points to reach 300 with the Flames ... Iginla needs nine assists to pass Theoren Fleury for 2nd place on the Flames all-time assist leaders list.