The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Coyotes
Miikka Kiprusoff had a well-deserved night off on Thursday, meaning Leland Irving was given his fourth NHL start. The youngster played admirably, stopping 34 of 36 shots.
In their search for their first goal of the game, a couple members of the defensive corps opted to jump up into the play but none of the forwards dropped back to cover up for the blueliners.
The first time this happened, TJ Brodie drove hard to the net with the puck when we he lost it along the boards, the Coyote were able to take off on a two-on-one. Taylor Pyatt snapped a hard shot past Irving to make it a 1-0 affair.
Shortly after the opening goal, Scott Hannan headed towards the slot while the Flames had some sustained pressure in Phoenix's zone but once again, his teammates didn't cover up for him.
Irving was able to stop the shot on the ensuing two-on-one but there's no doubt head coach Brent Sutter had a little chat with his players during the first intermission about those kind of blunders.
Despite entering the second period down by a goal and gaining their first power play of the game in the middle frame, the Flames couldn't muster any sort offence in the stanza.
The put just four shots on net in the period thanks to sound defence by the Coyotes. During their time with the man advantage, the Flames were able to keep the puck in the zone for a decent amount of time but only put one puck on Mike Smith.
Olli Jokinen scored the Flames lone goal at 4:01 of the third period, extending his point streak to five games. He has five goals and seven points in that span.
The pivot currently sits first in points scored on the team with 46.
The Flames did earn a point on a night where quite a few teams in the hunt for a playoff position lost in regulation but the way the lost to the Coyotes hurts a bit more than it normally would.
With Mikael Backlund in the box for tripping, the Coyotes went to work on the power play in hopes of notching the game winner. Blair Jones valiantly dropped to the ice to block a shot but ended up injuring himself on the play. He couldn't seem to put pressure on his foot, giving Phoenix a four-on-two opportunity in which Shane Doan buried his 16th goal of the season to win the game.