Well that makes it two in a row - for losses in general and for losses in Calgary this season. Though the Coyotes played their hearts out in the third, it just wasn't enough.
The first period started off somewhat slow with a decent back and forth but no really great opportunities for either team. At 7:32, Kevin Westgarth went to the box for hooking David Rundblad. A good opportunity 40-seconds into the ensuing power play almost gave the Coyotes the lead as Antoine Vermette and Shane Doan moved in close on an already compromised Kari Ramo. The puck popped out of the scrum and straight onto Oliver Ekman-Larsson's but his shot went just wide of the net. Ultimately the Coyotes only achieved three shots on goal during their two minute man advantage.
Once again, a solid back and forth began, but with just over eight minutes left in the period, T.J. Galiardi beat Keith Yandle and got a breakaway. As he neared the net so too did Calgary's Sean Monahan. Galiardi passed, Monahan put it in giving the Flames their first goal against the Coyotes since a shortie in the third over a month ago.
Westgarth gave the Desert Dogs another power play at 15:07 after tripping Kyle Chipchura. This didn't result in a single shot on goal.
The period ended with strong efforts from both Rob Klinkhammer and Zbynek Michalek but that didn't change the outcome. The Coyotes went to the locker room having outshot the Flames 11-6 but down 0-1.
Coming back onto the ice the Yotes played strong but OEL soon found himself in the penalty box for hooking Mikael Backlund. It was a good penalty kill with Calgary only getting two shots. Not as good as what was to come, but any PK that doesn't end in a goal is pretty good for the Coyotes.
The Flames found their footing in the period nearly nine minutes in as Karri Ramo and TJ Brodie earned themselves assists as Lance Bouma got a breakaway and scored on Mike Smith. That's Ramo's first point since 2009.
The Coyotes tried to pick up the pace and Mikkel Boedker going to the box for tripping Giordano shouldn't have helped but sometimes mistakes are made. A wonky play by Calgary lead to a short-handed goal by Antoine Vermette assisted by Lauri Korpikoski and Michael Stone. That's Vermette's second shortie in as many games and put the score at 2-1.
However this time the moment didn't quite hold up. A failed 3-on-2 rush by Calgary found the puck bouncing back to a rushing Matt Stajan who put it blocker side on Mike Smith giving the Flames a 3-1 lead going into the third.
Three periods in and two goals down is nothing new for the Coyotes, but this time there just wasn't quite enough gas in the tank. At 6:50 Shane Doan found netting with help from Yandle and Ribeiro putting them once again within one. But, it wasn't enough.
A flurry at the end and multiple opportunities just couldn't get past a red hot Ramo, giving the Coyotes another regulation loss and the Flames their first home win in seven games.
- Calgary's perspective
- Advanced game statshe Coyotes were only 48% in the face off with Antoine Vermette at an abnormally low 42%.
- Keith Yandle's assist on Doaner's third period goal brought his point streak to five games.
- Though each team had two power play opportunities neither scored ending the Coyotes power play streak.
- Ribeiro's assist lets him start a bit of a streak that will hopefully continue...the rest of his play...well we'll let you hash that out in the comments section...
- Once again the Coyotes out shot their opponent (32-26) but lost the game. Hopefully this isn't becoming a reverse Toronto type of deal.
Our Three Stars
- Karri Ramo - A .938 save percentage and an assist plus some of the best saves of the night. Ramo was the main reason why Calgary is walking away with two points tonight.
- TJ Brodie - Leading the team in ice time and getting an assist gets Brodie the second star. The plus-two doesn't hurt either.
- Antione Vermette - It was Vermette's shortie that first put the Coyotes on the board and gave the team a boost that helped them get back in the game.
The Coyotes are headed just a few hours north to take on the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Puck drop is once again at 7:30 and this game is sure to be humongous big! Unless Scrivens starts, in which case it's just big.