Flames 4, Coyotes 1
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[December 05, 2013]
CALGARY, Alberta — Flames 4, Coyotes 1: Captain Mark Giordano
recorded a power-play goal and an assist in his return from a broken
ankle as host Calgary posted its second straight win.
Fellow defenseman T.J. Brodie also registered a goal and an assist
while Mikael Backlund and Lee Stempniak tallied for the Flames, who
improved to 4-7-2 in their last 13 games. Matt Stajan and Jiri
Hudler each notched two assists and Karri Ramo made 29 saves.
Blue-liner Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix, which is 1-1-0 on its
four-game road trip. Thomas Greiss stopped 14 shots as the Coyotes
dropped to 2-4-1 in their last seven contests.
Giordano made his presence felt after missing 18 games, unleashing a
one-timer from the right point that deflected off Coyotes forward
Antoine Vermette's stick and past Greiss during a power play at
11:46 of the second period for a 3-1 lead. The defenseman also
picked up an assist on a short-handed goal by Stempniak, who buried
a cross-slot pass from Stajan during a 2-on-1 rush.
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Phoenix opened the scoring at 4:47 of the first
period as Yandle converted a feed from captain Shane Doan, but
Brodie forged a tie with eight seconds remaining in the session
on a blast from the right faceoff circle. Backlund gave the
Flames a 2-1 lead 5:48 into the second, one-timing a cross-slot
pass from Hudler past Greiss.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Calgary went 5-11-2 during Giordano's absence.
... Ramo has made two straight starts, winning both while
allowing one goal in each. ... Coyotes RW Radim Vrbata had his
five-game point streak come to an end.