The Arizona Coyotes ultimately ran out of gas on the second half of a road back-to-back, as they fell to Josh Jooris and the Calgary Flames by a final score of 5-2.
Right out of the gate the Flames appeared to be ready to take advantage of the Coyotes for the second time in under a week, as David Jones fired a slapper past Mike Smith at just 1:12 of the first period. Unlike in their previous meeting though, the Coyotes mustered a quick response. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a goal thanks to a significant amount of traffic in front of the Calgary net created by Martin Hanzal. It was the first goal allowed by Karri Ramo in over 140 minutes of playing time.
Calgary would get the last laugh of the first period however, thanks to an absolutely gorgeous backhanded saucer pass (and a late-arriving David Schlemko) that ended up on Josh Jooris' stick for an easy tap-in at 18:36. The teams would go into the locker room with the score at 2-1 in favor of the home team.
The Coyotes would spend the first two minutes of the second on the power play thanks to a late 1st period penalty by Mark Giordano. Though the power play wouldn't convert, the passing the Coyotes did on that power play would send the Flames out of position and set up an open net goal at 2:02 of the second by Sam Gagner 5 on 5 thanks to a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle.
As is their wont though, Arizona left the slot open for Josh Jooris to sneak into yet again. A hard shot floated off Smith's pad and just over the line to give the Flames the 3-2 lead at 7:13 of the second. The Coyotes continued to do a good job of controlling the pace of play, generating sustained zone pressure and chances from Tobias Rieder and Brandon McMillan. Calgary did an excellent job blocking shots however, and some timely saves by Ramo kept the score at 3-2 going into the second intermission.
In the third period, the game the Coyotes played the night before appeared to finally catch up with them, as Sean Monahan buried a shot from between the faceoff dots after taking advantage of some slightly soft coverage by Michael Stone. The Coyotes simply couldn't muster any offense, and a dangerous play that featured Dennis Wideman losing an edge as Martin Hanzal went to check him into the boards prevented the Coyotes from getting a man advantage in the final minute of play. Josh Jooris would add the empty net to give the Flames the 5-2 victory.
Our Three Stars of the Game
3rd Star - Keith Yandle - Yands set up Gagner's goal and had the best Corsi +/- of any Coyote with +16.
2nd Star - Curtis Glencross - Two assists on the night, and one of the best Flames forwards on the night in over 19 minutes of work.
1st Star - Josh Jooris - Hard to argue with a hat trick. His three goals were the difference in this one.
- For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline.
- Arizona led the first period in Corsi events 24-15, 49-29 after the second, and finished up the game up 67-46.
- No Calgary Flame finished in the positives in Corsi +/-. Brendan Shinnimin, Rob Klinkhammer, and Joe Vitale were the only Coyotes in the negative.
- Mike Smith started this game after winning last night's tilt in Edmonton. After posting an .826 SV%, one has to wonder if that was the right call.
- Arizona went 0 for 1 on the power play, while Calgary went 1 for 3.
The Coyotes return home to Glendale to play the Los Angeles Kings. No word on whether or not the Kings will try to sneak Slava Voynov into the lineup.
Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.