Calgary Flames Mark Giordano

Calgary Flames Mark Giordano

Flames stay hot with win over ‘Yotes

Snake-bitten since scoring in the Calgary Flames season opener, Paul Byron finally snapped a 16-game goalless streak on Thursday. Playing in career game No. 99, Byron’s first NHL two-goal game helped the Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

CALGARY — Snake-bitten since scoring in the Calgary Flames season opener, Paul Byron finally snapped a 16-game goalless streak on Thursday.

Playing in career game No. 99, Byron’s first NHL two-goal game helped the Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

“It felt good. It was a lot of work coming, a lot of time shooting pucks in practice with the coaching staff and stuff like that,” said Byron. “The chances have been coming and I’ve been extremely happy with that. It was just a matter of time, I thought, before they started going in.”

Since beating Ryan Miller for Calgary’s first goal of the season back on Oct. 8, Byron has had at least a half-dozen breakaways that he has failed to convert.

“We just don’t want him to get any more breakaways,” said Mark Giordano, with a chuckle. “He gets breakaways, he doesn’t bury them. But 2-on-1’s, 3-on-2’s, he’s money. We’ll just let him pull up or something next time he gets a break.”

Playing right wing on a line with rookie centre Josh Jooris and struggling left-winger Sven Baertschi, the trio had a superb night.

After the first went in to open the scoring, Byron’s second restored the Flames lead at 2-1. Byron said he felt different as soon as that first one went in.

“It certainly changes your confidence going forward in the game. It gets a little mojo in your game and it feels like the rest of the game, pucks seem to follow your stick a little bit. Hopefully, I can keep that going.”

Both goals were set up directly on nice plays by Baertschi, who collected his first two points of the season.

“Sven was skating. I felt he was feeling it. He held the puck, he was making plays, he gave us a great offensive game and that’s who he is. He’s a playmaker,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley.

Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano and David Jones — with his third goal in as many games — also scored for Calgary (10-6-2). The Flames, who have won five of their last seven, were kicking off a five-game homestand that will continue Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Shane Doan, Antoine Vermette and Joe Vitale scored for Arizona (6-9-1), which has lost three straight. The Coyotes will continue their three-game road swing through Western Canada with a game Friday night in Vancouver.

“Way too many opportunities for them and gave up too many chances and we have to be better,” said Doan. “We had opportunities to win the game but we made dumb mental mistakes.”

After scoring twice to tie it 3-3, Arizona fell behind once again on a goal by Giordano, which came on a neat set-up from defence partner TJ Brodie.

Brodie faked a shot at the point to give him space, then moved in and after freezing goaltender Mike Smith, slid the puck down low to Giordano, who wired a one-timer just under the crossbar to put Calgary ahead for good.

“As soon as he got the puck, I knew exactly what he was going to do. He’s got that great fake. He took the puck to the middle of the ice to draw the guy even more over. I was just wide open and I was just trying to hit the net from there to be honest,” said Giordano.

It was the sixth goal of the season for the Flames captain, who is on an eight-game points streak (five goals, 13 assists).

Coming after a 4-1 setback to Carolina on Monday, the victory improves Calgary’s record to 7-0-1 after a loss.

“It’s been a focus of ours. The good teams don’t lose two, three, four games in a row, they cut those losing streaks off right away,” said Giordano. “I thought we had a tough game in Carolina but the bounce-back was good, the guys were moving tonight. I thought we created a lot.

Calgary got some insurance at 12:23 of the third when Jones’ flung the puck toward the front of the net and it banked in off of the leg of Connor Murphy.

Jones was questionable to play due to an illness that kept him from participating in the game-day skate.

“Calgary made plays to get to the front of the net on our turnovers. When we don’t have the puck enough to make those plays, it’s hard to get in front of their net,” said Phoenix coach Dave Tippett. “There are plays that have to get made, saves that have to get done, we just have to play better as a group.”

Starting for the seventh time in the last eight games, Hiller overcame an awful goal against him from a bad angle that tied it 3-3, to finish the night with 20 stops and improve to 8-4-1.

It has been a shaky start to the season for Smith, who had 20 saves to see his record fall to 4-9-0.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

More than 120,000 Albertans have signed up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the first two days of appointment bookings. (Photo courtesy Alberta Health Services Twitter)
Alberta Health Services apologizes after seniors struggle to book vaccine appointments

The CEO and president of Alberta Health Services is apologizing after seniors… Continue reading

Red Deer’s Kyle Moore, 26, will be a houseguest on Season 9 of Big Brother Canada. (Photo courtesy Big Brother Canada)
Red Deer man will be a houseguest on Big Brother Canada

A Red Deer man will be a houseguest on the upcoming season… Continue reading

Red Deer Public Schools says that in the absence of additional funds from the provincial government, there was no consideration of using alternate classroom sites in the district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Red Deer Public Schools launches online engagement process

Red Deer Public schools is seeking community input to help ensure a… Continue reading

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mason Ward battles with a Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward during the WHL Central Division season opener. (Photo by Rob Wallator/ Red Deer Rebels)
Tigers come back to spoil Red Deer Rebels home opener

It’s been nearly 345 days since the Red Deer Rebels last played… Continue reading

An arrest by Red Deer RCMP is facing online scrutiny. No charges have been laid and the incident is still under investigation. (Screenshot of YouTube video)
Red Deer RCMP investigating violent arrest caught on video

Police say officer ‘acted within the scope of his duties’

Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) stands in his crease as Calgary Flames left wing Andrew Mangiapane (88), left to right, defenceman Rasmus Andersson (4), Matthew Tkachuk (19), Mikael Backlund (11) and Mark Giordano (5) celebrate a goal during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Calgary Flames beat Ottawa 6-3 to end Senators’ three-game win streak

Flames 6 Senators 3 OTTAWA — The Calgary Flames used a balanced… Continue reading

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) falls on his knees as he skates around Ottawa Senators defenceman Artem Zub (2) during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews when they take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto star Auston Matthews won’t play as Leafs face Oilers

EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews… Continue reading

Crosses are displayed in memory of the elderly who died from COVID-19 at the Camilla Care Community facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on November 19, 2020. The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection is likely to be much higher than recorded because of death certificates don't always list the virus as the cause of a fatality, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Death certificates don’t accurately reflect the toll of the pandemic, experts say

The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. A single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is barely enough to cover the average pinky nail but is made up of more than 280 components and requires at least three manufacturing plants to produce. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
From science to syringe: COVID-19 vaccines are miracles of science and supply chains

OTTAWA — A single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is barely enough… Continue reading

Wetaskiwin RCMP say a Maskwacis man died after he was struck by a vehicle. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Clare’s Law in Saskatchewan used handful of times; Mounties review their role

REGINA — A first-of-its-kind law in Canada meant to warn those at… Continue reading

The Magpie river in Quebec is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Boreal River MANDATORY CREDIT
Quebec river granted legal rights as part of global ‘personhood’ movement

MONTREAL — With its kilometres of rapids and deep blue waters winding… Continue reading

Thorough sanding of a table top is usually the first step to renewing a finish. Wax contaminants can sometimes still remain on a surface like this after sanding. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a rag gets rid of these contaminants without leaving a residue behind. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
Houseworks: Fixing wood finishes

Q: How can I stop polyurethane from beading up on a mahogany… Continue reading

Most Read