A complete game on the road has eluded the Arizona Coyotes for a long time. With a goal at all four personnel situations (shorthanded, even-strength, on the power play, and with the net empty), the Coyotes finally got one.
Arizona rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Alberta. The regulation win came on the heels of a frustrating overtime loss in Vancouver on Wednesday.
No scoring in the first frame. Calgary took a penalty towards the end of the first period, which would matter in the next one.
1-0 Calgary: To their credit, it has been a while since Arizona had conceded a shorthanded goal. You can reset that clock after tonight however, as Michael Stone had his pocket picked by Michael Frolik. Frolik streaked in, and found Mikael Backlund unmarked for a tap-in goal. Assist to Frolik on the shorthanded goal at 0:21.
1-1 Tie: Arizona thought that scoring shorthanded stuff that Calgary did earlier in the period looked fun, so the Coyotes decided to get one of their own. Jordan Martinook forced a two-on-one rush starting in the Coyotes defensive zone, and managed to flip the puck over a sprawling Calgary defender to Boyd Gordon, who re-directed the puck into the net to tie the game. Assist to Martinook on the shorthanded goal at 15:01.
2-1 Arizona: No Oliver Ekman-Larsson? No problem. Arizona's power play executed an excellent tic-tac-toe sequence that ultimately ended with Antoine Vermette's tip-in while skating through the top of the Calgary crease. Assists to Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan on the power play goal at 3:15.
3-1 Arizona: The Coyotes notched a pivotal third goal on a highly opportunistic play by Max Domi. Domi sliced through the Calgary defensive zone on a rush and put the puck on Shane Doan's stick. Joni Ortio overcorrected to get to Doan's shot on time, which left him out of position as Brad Richardson snuck in uncontested behind Doan and backhanded the rebound in. Assists to Doan and Domi on the goal at 14:18.
4-1 Arizona: After a late period penalty by Antoine Vermette, Arizona killed off the brief six-on-four opportunity for the Flames. Antoine Vermette and Brad Richardson created a two-on-one rush with the net empty, which quickly became a two-on-zero when Mark Giordano blew a tire. Vermette handed the puck off to Richardson, who scored his ninth of the year to seal the game. Assist to Vermette on the empty-net goal at 18:19.
|Arizona Coyotes||Calgary Flames|
|First Period Shots||9||8|
|Second Period Shots||7||8|
|Third Period Shots||10||9|
|Power Plays||1 for 4||0 for 3|
- For the Calgary perspective, check out Matchsticks and Gasoline.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson did not dress for the second consecutive game.
- Kevin Connauton and Klas Dahlbeck both briefly left the game for unrelated knee injuries. They would both return however.
- Arizona's win ended a 10 game road losing streak.
- Dennis Wideman returned to the ice for the first time after his 20 game suspension was reduced to 10 by a neutral arbitrator. He played 18:00.
- After two goals in his previous 89 games, Boyd Gordon now has two goals in his last three games.
- Every Coyote played at least 12 minutes tonight.
Arizona stays in Alberta for a game against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow. Puck drop is at 8 PM Arizona time.