It doesn’t get any closer than it is now in the Western Conference. Even with the Flames huge overtime victory against the Sharks on Tuesday, the Flames stayed in 10th place, in a three way tie for 9th place with the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. The Coyotes come into Calgary for the 4th and final meeting against the Flames after a big 5-4 victory over the Canucks last night in Vancouver. Since these two teams last met on Mar. 1st, the teams have once again gone in the opposite direction. At the time, Phoenix was coming off an unbelievable month of February where they went 11-0-1, while the Flames were on a 4-game losing streak. Since then, the Flames used that victory to go on their current 5-1-1 streak, while the Coyotes won just their second game in their past 8 last night in Vancouver. The two teams now sit just 3 points apart heading into this crucial four-point game.
When hot meets cold something has to give, that is the case tonight as the struggling Flames head into Phoenix to face the red-hot Coyotes. This is the third of four meetings between the clubs, with Phoenix taking the first two games including a 4-3 SO victory last Thursday at the Dome. The Flames squandered a 2-0 first period lead and lost their second of their current 4-game skid. The Coyotes probably don’t want February to end as they went a remarkable 11-0-1 and jumped from 12th in the West to 3rd and leading the Pacific Division. Tonight’s game in Phoenix, kicks-off a mini 2-game road trip for the Flames as they will head into Anaheim tomorrow night. The Flames will also look to snap their current 6-game losing streak against the Coyotes.
Phoenix came roaring back despite an ugly first period and subsequent deficit. (Photo courtesy of Norm Hall NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite an offensive explosion that no one saw coming (put your hand down, Darryl Sutter), the Kings eventually fell in a shootout to the division rival Phoenix Coyotes by a 5-4 score.
Phoenix tied the game in the final moments of regulation thanks to a somewhat controversial penalty handed to the Kings’ Kyle Clifford for an illegal hit on Gilbert Brule. The hit itself won’t be up for too much debate—Clifford, whether he intended to or not, made contact with the head o...
The Detroit Red Wings fall short again, losing 3 to 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes. The only player on the Red Wings that deserves any praise is Joey MacDonald. It was a relief to hear Babcock decided to start MacDonald tonight, who stopped 20 out of 22 shots on goal.
Unfortunately, MacDonald could not win the game for Detroit. It was as if Mike Smith could not steal enough from the Red Wings. Out of 31 shots, Smith saved a total of 30. He was all over; playing the puck defensively when needed and always being there to stop it. The Wings could not get anything past the sharp Mike Smith. The only time the Wings could squeeze a shot past was when ther...
Detroit Red Wings steal their 13th consecutive home game from the Phoenix Coyotes!
First Period: The Wings came out strong at the start of the period. It took 9 minutes of playing before a goal was made. Phoenix was the one to steal the first goal, which was scored by Vrbata. After Vrbata’s goal, the Wings seemed to have a rough second half of the period. The last couple minutes had good pressure from the Wings though. With only 51 seconds left of the first, the Wings finally got a shot past Smith. Filppula made a beautiful goal with an assist from White. The period ended at a 1 to 1 tie. SOG: 13 Detroit vs 9 Phoenix.
Jarrett Stoll and Jonathan Quick celebrate the win with the only way they know how. (photo courtesy of NHL.com)
For a game that looked so lackluster one minute and then so well-played the next, Drew Doughty’s controversial overtime winner may be the most fitting way for it to end.
Thirty-eight seconds into the extra frame, Doughty drove towards the left side of the net and switched back to the forehand inches in front of Phoenix’s Mike Smith to slide the puck past his leg. He jarred the net loose with his large frame upon falling, but after review, the net never came completely out of its moorings. Jack...
Last night the Phoenix Coyotes almost let one slip away, going up 3-0 on the Chicago Blackhawks before being forced into a shootout situation that saw Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Radim Vrbata and Mike Smith step up and seal the deal for a 4-3 win. Tonight, they face the Nashville Predators for the last time until March 12th, 2012, and despite their 14-9-3 record, are at least in some part conscious of the last not-too-distant time they faced off against them--a Pekka Rinne lights out night that handed them a 3-0 loss.
This is the third game in four nights for the Coyotes, and they have a date with the Detroit Red Wings to look forward to on Thursday. The Predators have had a to...
The first matchup featuring the Phoenix Coyotes and departed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov didn't amount to a result they liked, what with Matt Read scoring the game-winning goal with just 18.6 seconds remaining in the final frame. Now, in their own barn, the Coyotes are looking for proper revenge. Problem is, they may not even get it as Sergei Bobrovsky might get the start in goal for the Flyers as they visit Jobing.com Arena.
The Flyers last faced another former team of Bryzgalov's, Anaheim, less than 24 hours ago. The Ducks got the jump on them with three goals, but the Flyers came back to take the game in overtime, 4-3. Phoenix is coming off a 1-0 loss against Winnipeg ...
Shane Doan made his first appearance in a regular season NHL game in Winnipeg since the Jets played their final game in 1996. Although his team was booed relentlessly throughout the game, the 1st round pick of the Winnipeg Jets of '96 was given a standing ovation during the 1st period. It wasn't enough however, as the Jets (2.0) held on for a 1-0 win over the Coyotes.
The crowd was easily the 6th man on the ice in the early stages of the first period. For the first time in recent memory, the entire opposing team was booed whenever they touched the puck, and the negative engery seemed to effect the Coyotes when handling the puck in their own zone.
The Jets: New Edition host the former version of themselves tonight, in the second and final meeting between the two but one that is sure to be more raucous than usual at the MTS Centre, where Shane Doan will return for the first time since a pre-season game against Calgary in 2008 (but before that, 1996). The game will get underway at 8:30 p.m. EST as the Coyotes will look to continue their recent play that saw them rebound from an awful showing against the Canucks in a 5-0 loss to beat Dallas 3-0 and Chicago 4-1. Had it not been for Patrick Sharp's late goal in the third period, Mike Smith would have earned two straight shutouts.