The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Coyotes

Thursday, 23.02.2012 / 9:16 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)




BODIES IN, BODY OUT

The Flames had Curtis Glencross and Derek Smith in the lineup on Thursday night. Glencross, who suffered a knee injury on Jan. 17th, was out for 13 games while Smith, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Dec. 29th, was sidelined for 22 games.

Glencross put one shot on net in 22:21 of ice time. Smith also recorded one shot in his 19:22.

The Flames were without Krys Kolanos in the third period as he suffered a lower body injury.

STRONG FIRST FRAME

Calgary played a very strong first period and headed into the locker room with a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

Alex Tanguay opened the scoring when his pass bounced off Lauri Korpikovski and slipped past Mike Smith.

Matt Stajan put his team up by two goals at 15:38 when he went top shelf on Smith. Tanguay and Cory Sarich assisted.

'YOTES STORM BACK

After two periods of play, the game was tied at two thanks to Phoenix's comeback in the middle frame.

Former Flame Daymond Langkow got the Coyotes on the board at 1:32 and Shane Doan notched the equalizer at 17:08.

Shots were 9-8 in the second period, favouring Phoenix.

OLLI TIES IT UP

Scott Hannan gave the puck up at the Flames blueline to Ray Whitney after he tripped and the veteran made no mistake when he went in on a breakaway. He slipped his shot past Miikka Kiprusoff and gave the Coyotes their first lead of the game.

Olli Jokinen answered back late in the game with a power play marker. He was able knock a bouncing puck over Smith with 1:46 left in regulation.

The game ended up going to a shootout. Whitney scored the lone goal, giving Phoenix their sixth straight win over the Flames.

HOW THE WEST LOOKS

With the shootout loss, the Flames have 66 points. The Stars picked up a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Thursday night, giving them 66 points as well. Los Angeles also has 66 points. Dallas has the tie-breaker so they sit in eighth place while Calgary remains in ninth. The Kings are now sitting 10th overall.