By Torie Peterson
- CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames did not open their two-game homestand in the fashion they would have liked, surrendering Wednesday's tilt by a score of 3-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Rene Bourque scored the lone Flames goal in the game, pushing him to nine on the season. At 16:08 of the third period, the winger was able to pick up Brendan Morrison's rebound after a scramble in front of the Phoenix net and gently wristed it over a sprawled Ilya Bryzgalov. Matt Stajan also assisted on the tally.
Wojtek Wolski, Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski scored for the Coyotes.
Just over 7:00 into the second period, Wolski came barrelling into the Flames zone and tried to snap a shot off in the slot. The left winger's attempt was blocked but Wolski didn't give up. He batted the puck down to his stick, skated towards the half wall and ripped a wrister at Kiprusoff from a sharp angle.
The puck flew past the Flames netminder despite the angle and opened the scoring in the game. The even strength goal seemed to deflate the club after a strong, but scoreless, first stanza.
The Flames fourth line came out flying during the first period and all three players nearly potted a goal on a single play. Tim Jackman steamed into the Coyotes zone along the boards and sent a rocket on net. The rebound when straight to Morrison, who was perched in front of the net, and he took a swipe at it. His attempt was unsuccessful but Stefan Meyer had come flying in at top speed and was able send a shot on net. Thanks to a few lucky bounces and Bryzgalov standing tall, the Coyotes came out of the shift unscathed.
Iginla has been under the microscope as of late but he displayed poise in the face of the constant barrage of negative attention paid to him. The captain came out firing on all cylinders, leading his club by example. He sent 4 shots on net, had 2 shots blocked by the Coyotes and won 5 of 7 draws in 22:14 of ice time.
Jarome Iginla has scored four goals in a single game just once in his career and that came at the expense of the Phoenix Coyotes. On Feb. 23, 2003 in Phoenix, Iginla potted a power play marker, an even-strength tally, a short-handed goal and an empty netter. He tied a career-high in shots with 10, had 21:46 of ice time and a +3 rating.
"We came out and we were ready. We were working, competing and we had very good chances ... they got up by two and we got a late push but we've got to maintain it throughout the game. It's not going to be easy but we've got to find ways to be more consistent." - Iginla's thoughts on the game.
Friday, Nov. 19 vs. Chicago 7:30 PM MT (TSN, FAN 960)
The Flames will finish up a short two-game homestand on Friday when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The last time these two clubs squared off was Apr. 4 when the Blackhawks picked up a 4-1 win.
The puck drops at 7:30 PM MT on TSN & The FAN 960.