Dawes scores winner as Flames beat Coyotes

Flames 2 Coyotes 1 CALGARY — Finally, someone other than Jarome Iginla sparked the Calgary Flames.

Phoenix Coyotes' Peter Mueller

Phoenix Coyotes' Peter Mueller

Flames 2 Coyotes 1

CALGARY — Finally, someone other than Jarome Iginla sparked the Calgary Flames.

Daymond Langkow opened the scoring and assisted on Nigel Dawes’ game-winner Wednesday night as the Calgary Flames beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.

With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, David Moss found Dawes with a pass from behind the Coyotes net. The Flames forward one-timed the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov at 14:16 for a lead that would hold up.

“It was a great pass. I didn’t even know if he saw me or not and he put it right on my stick and I just had to get it up over (Bryzgalov),” said Dawes.

Dawes’ fifth of the season was his first goal in 13 games.

“Obviously whenever you’re in a little bit of a slump, it’s nice to get that one,” Dawes said. “I haven’t been getting to the areas that I need to. I need to get in close to the net because that’s where I’m going to have my success and score the goals.”

Phoenix applied late pressure but were unable to beat Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

In a dangerous rush late in the game, Kiprusoff first kicked out a pad to stop Peter Mueller then sprawled to deny Shane Doan on the rebound.

“We didn’t play remotely good enough in the second period and obviously, it’s starting to get a little monotonous that we can’t score goals and it starts with me,” said a frustrated Doan. “We’re getting chances, we’re getting opportunities. I get a chance with three minutes left to tie it up and I don’t capitalize on it and that’s the difference in the game.”

Kiprusoff finished with 27 stops to improve to 13-5-3.

In addition to his clutch saves late in the game, Kiprusoff was also sharp in the opening minutes, stopping Vernon Fiddler’s dangerous shot then thwarting Daniel Winnik on the rebound.

“He was good, that’s for sure. Especially on those rebounds,” said Winnik. “Those saves right at the start of the game changed the momentum.”

Kiprusoff made 11 saves in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

“Early in the game when they had two or three whacks at it right in front, making saves like that is huge for us,” said Langkow.

Bryzgalov finished up with 26 stops and saw his record fall to 12-8-1.

Keith Yandle scored for Phoenix (13-11-1). With the loss, the Coyotes dropped both ends of its two-game trip to Alberta. Phoenix fell 4-0 to Edmonton on Monday.

“That seems to have been our trend here for the last couple years,” said Winnik. “For whatever reason, we never play well in Edmonton and they’re always close games here that we always seem to lose with less than five minutes left.”

Calgary (14-6-3) was playing its only home game in a stretch of 10. The Flames had lost four of their previous five games at home and are just 7-5-0 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“This was one right in between a couple road trips so it was a huge win coming home and not having that let down,” Dawes said. “Now we have the opportunity to go back on the road and continue the way that we’ve been playing on the road.”

The Flames head to Detroit and a Friday night clash with the Red Wings having earned points in 10 straight on the road (8-0-2).

After a lacklustre opening 30 minutes by both teams, Calgary started to pick up some momentum midway through the second.

In Calgary’s best scoring chance of the game up to that point, the red-hot Iginla set up Jamie Lundmark in the slot but his one-timer was turned aside by Bryzgalov.

Iginla entered the night on a five-game point streak and had scored 12 of Calgary’s 25 goals through its first 10 games of November.

The Flames kept up a steady forecheck and were rewarded at 17:20 of the second.

Deep in his own end, former Flames defenceman Jim Vandermeer had his clearing attempted knocked down by the Eric Nystrom. Curtis Glencross pounced on the loose puck and fed Langkow darting into the slot, who fired inside the post for his eighth of the season.

Yandle’s tying goal came on the power play at 10:30 of the third.

After Calgary defenceman Adam Pardy was unable to clear, Phoenix worked the puck over to Yandle, who beat a screened Kiprusoff with a blast into the top corner at 10:30 of the third.

Phoenix’s blue-line was bolstered by the return of Ed Jovanovski (lower body, eight games) and Zbynek Michalek (lower body, nine games). The two were paired together.

Notes: The five-game scoring streaks for Iginla (seven goals, one assist) and Olli Jokinen (one goal, six assists) both came to an end. … Not in the lineup was Calgary D Cory Sarich (undisclosed injury). Sarich’s absence opened up a spot for D Aaron Johnson, a healthy scratch for the past 12 games. … Calgary had six former Coyotes in its lineup. Phoenix had three former Flames — Matthew Lombardi, Adrian Aucoin and Vandermeer, all of whom were playing against their former team for the first time.

Just Posted

Alberta has made a more detailed framework for those looking to acquire an exemption to the mandatory indoor mask bylaw. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Alberta changes requirements for mask exemptions

Masks wearing has been recommended for almost a year and provincially mandated… Continue reading

Alberta’a chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday that there are more than 328,000 vaccine appointments booked over the next seven days. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta surpasses 2 million doses administered of COVID-19 vaccine

Red Deer down to 835 active cases of COVID-19

RCMP file photo (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)
RCMP investigating shooting near Maskwacis

Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP are seeking public assistance after a shooting has… Continue reading

Rode
Smith among impressive group of RDC soccer Queens recruits

There have been a number of cases where younger girls have developed… Continue reading

Bo’s Bar and Grill owner Brennen Wowk said the hospitality industry is looking for more clarity from the province around what conditions must be met to allow for restaurants reopening. (Advocate file photo)
Frustated restaurant owners want to know government’s reopening plan

Restaurant owners feel they are in lockdown limbo

Opinion
Mental health: Gossiping, backbiting and forming factions is unhealthy

We all know of dysfunctional organizations, which can be as troublesome as… Continue reading

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
Alberta physicians: Vaccines are our path forward

As the AMA representatives for Alberta’s family physicians, we were immensely relieved… Continue reading

Vancouver Canucks' Nils Hoglander, right, is checked by Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during third-period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Thursday, May 13, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Lindholm, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames in 4-1 win over Vancouver Canucks

Lindholm, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames in 4-1 win over Vancouver Canucks

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, right, drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch, left, and guard Jalen Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
LaVine, Markkanen lead Bulls past Raptors, 114-102

LaVine, Markkanen lead Bulls past Raptors, 114-102

NFL schedules get off to strong starts with Week 1 twinbills

NFL schedules get off to strong starts with Week 1 twinbills

The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The final three games of Canada's Secret Cup women's hockey tournament will be played in Calgary's NHL arena.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Secret Cup women’s tournament final games to be held in Calgary’s Saddledome

Secret Cup women’s tournament final games to be held in Calgary’s Saddledome

FILE - In this Thursday, July 18, 2019 file photo, Ron Francis talks to reporters in Seattle after he was introduced as the first general manager for Seattle's yet-to-be-named NHL hockey expansion team. Four years since George McPhee was a “puppet master” of the NHL leading up to the Vegas expansion draft, general managers approached this trade deadline with Seattle’s upcoming addition to the league in mind. While Kraken GM Ron Francis prepares – and maybe made a handshake deal or two already like McPhee did – Seattle was on his colleagues’ minds.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

Kraken still plan to hire coach before expansion draft

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney attends a news conference in Calgary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Simmering internal discontent in his United Conservative caucus has boiled over into an open challenge to his leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Two Alberta UCP members kicked out of caucus after challenging Kenney’s leadership

Two Alberta UCP members kicked out of caucus after challenging Kenney’s leadership

Most Read