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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Coyotes

Thursday, 01.03.2012 / 8:34 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Coyotes




OMG LINE REUNITED

As expected, David Moss returned to the lineup after missing 47 games with a lower body injury.

He played on a line with Curtis Glencross and Olli Jokinen - a line that has seen success over the past two seasons - and the three had immediate chemistry.

Moss' linemates each had a goal in the victory and they combined for 10 shots on net through sixty minutes.

Moss had four shots, had three shots blocked or go wide, threw two hits and played 12:34.

FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS IN THE FIRST

The Flames were by far the best team on the ice in the first period and left the ice with a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.

Mike Cammalleri opened the scoring at 14:09 when he snapped a beautiful pass from Alex Tanguay past Mike Smith. Jarome Iginla also assisted on the tally.

Glencross added the Flames second goal, scoring shorthanded at 16:00. Defencemen Mark Giordano and Scott Hannan earned the helpers on the winger's 20th of the year.

At 17:23, Jokinen potted his 20th goal of the season. The goal came just three seconds after TJ Brodie's hooking penalty expired.

ON THEIR HEELS IN THE SECOND

The Coyotes ramped up their play in the middle frame and the Flames seem to fall back on the heels, leading to quick two goals for home team early in the period.

Keith Yandle sent a blast from the blueline that Raffi Torres, who was right in Miikka Kiprusoff's face, was able to deflect into the back of the net at 1:27. The goal came on the power play as Giordano was sitting in the sin bin for a tripping infraction.

Just over two minutes later, Michal Rozsival took advantage of a turnover in the Flames zone and wired his first goal of the season past Kiprusoff.

PENALTY-LADEN OUTING

The Flames won't be happy with the amount time they spent in the box on Thursday night. In the first two periods, Calgary was handed six minor penalties and the Coyotes were able to score on one of those occasions. Phoenix took just one during this span.

They were far more disciplined in the third period and didn't take a single penalty.

HOW THE WEST LOOKS

With the win, the Flames are now just a single point back of Colorado and Los Angeles, who sit in ninth and tenth place respectively. Calgary is also two points back of the eighth place Dallas Stars who have 71 points in 64 games.