Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

Saturday, 13.04.2013 / 12:41 AM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Coyotes

GIORDANO'S OT MARKER LIFTS FLAMES

CALGARY, AB -- Trying to chase down the Detroit Red Wings for eighth in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Coyotes were pushing for two points.

The Calgary Flames only let them leave with one.

Mark Giordano scored with 23.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.

Giordano's goal came after Keith Yandle's one-timer with 5:04 remaining beat Joey MacDonald, sending the game to extra time.

MacDonald made three saves in overtime and was helped out by an Oliver Ekman-Larsson crossbar early in OT.

After falling behind just 1:29 into the game courtesy an Antoine Vermette backhand, the Flames clawed their way back in the final minute of the first period.

After failing to redirect an Alex Tanguay pass behind Coyotes starter Mike Smith, Jiri Hudler parked himself in front of the Phoenix net in time for Mikael Backlund's centering pass to hit him in the skate and redirect across the goal line.

Lee Stempniak added another with 1:08 remaining in the second period.

TJ Brodie's initial point shot squeezed through Smith and Stempniak managed to knock the puck across the goal line to give Calgary a 2-1 lead.

That lead held up until Yandle's goal late in the third period, setting the stage for Giordano's heroics.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Giordano's seeing-eye shot from the point rattled off the post and behind Smith for the game-winner with just 23.1 seconds remaining in the extra frame.

SAVE OF THE GAME

With 7:11 remaining in the first period, David Schlemko uncorked a blast from just inside the faceoff that forced MacDonald to make a flashy glove save.

HIT OF THE GAME

Chasing down Conner in the neutral zone, Tim Jackman slammed the Phoenix forward into the boards just before Calgary's blueline, forcing the Coyotes offside at the 11:24 mark of the second period.

TURNING POINT

Giordano's goal in the final minute of overtime was the deciding factor in Calgary's 3-2 win.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“Once they got that second goal, I thought they put the pedal down and had a few good chances, but we stick with it, we got into overtime and hey, you never know what's going to happen. You throw pucks on net and good things happen.”

-Joey MacDonald

STAT OF THE GAME

Stempniak's first period goal was his first tally in 15 games.

LINEUP NOTES

Anton Babchuk was a healthy scratch Friday against Phoenix. Paul Byron (wrist), Matt Stajan (upper body) and Brian McGrattan (shoulder) also missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames get right back at it Saturday night, challenging the Oilers in Edmonton (8 p.m. MT, CBC) before returning home for a three-game home stand next week.