The Calgary Flames rode a three-goal second period to snatch a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Paul Byron scored two goals and Mark Giordano extended his point streak to eight to give Arizona their third straight loss.
This was quite simply not Arizona's best hockey of the season. Calgary outplayed the ‘Yotes in almost every facet of the game, with the lone exception being the faceoff circle. Outshot, outhit and outmatched, Arizona has reverted to their bad selves. So continues the roller coaster of a season. After a three-game win streak, the Coyotes now find themselves on a three-game losing streak.
The Coyotes kept it interesting, though. After Byron's first goal, Shane Doan potted his fifth of the season off a wrister that beat goaltender Jonas Hiller high glove side. The former Ducks netminder stopped 20 shots on 23 attempts for his eighth victory of the season.
On the other end, Mike Smith had an evening to forget. After putting together a string of solid starts, Smitty made 20 saves on 25 attempts for a paltry .800 save percentage.
The Coyotes did also get the power play monkey off their back. After five consecutive games without a playoff goal, the Coyotes finally ended their drought with an Antoine Vermette wrister almost exactly halfway through the second period.
Joe Vitale also scored for the Coyotes, his second in as many games. He has been the best player all season on that fourth line and it is encouraging to see him finally hit the back of the net.
The Keith Yandle-Connor Murphy pairing looked dreadful in this game. The second Byron goal caught them both headed for the bench, and were punished for being way out of position on the ensuing 3-on-2.
- The Coyotes were outshot 25-23. The Coyotes didn't get their first shot until the 9:39 mark.
- BJ Crombeen's first period fight with Deryk Engelland is Arizona's third fighting major in two games.
- Scratched: McMillan, Gormley, Summers
- Special teams: The Coyotes were perfect. 1-for-1 on the power play, 0-for-3 on the penalty kill.
1. Paul Byron - The center scored Calgary's first two goals and had several opportunities at the hat trick
2. Sven Baertschi - Had the assists on both of Byron's goals. In some respects, the dishes were just as pretty.
3. David Jones - Assisted on Calgary's third goal and put the game out of reach with a third period strike.
The Coyotes continue their Western Canada trip tomorrow night against the Vancouver Canucks at 8 p.m. It will be the first game between the two since Radim Vrbata's signing.