GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- With all the honors that have come Jarome
Iginla's way, he still had a goose egg in the column under penalty
shots. He picked the right time to end that streak.
The Calgary captain had two assists and scored the winning goal
on a penalty shot -- his first success after four misfires -- to lift
the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday
"It was sure nice to see it go in, being my first in five,"
Iginla said. "I just shot low post. Going in with that one, I
didn't make up my mind, thinking maybe top glove, wasn't sure.
Maybe I should have something in my head."
The loss snapped Curtis Joseph's three-game winning streak and
left him in a tie with Grant Fuhr, his goaltending coach, for
eighth on the NHL list with 403 victories.
Joseph, who made 39 saves, had beaten Los Angeles at home and
Detroit and Minnesota on the road since losing at Dallas on Oct.
29. That was his first game after reaching 400 victories with a 3-2
win over the Flames in Glendale Arena on Oct. 27.
"They just kept coming at us, and we didn't respond the way we
had to respond to win," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Oleg Saprykin, Mike Johnson and Ladislav Nagy scored for
Phoenix, but the Coyotes put only 23 shots on goalie Philippe
Sauve, and trailed after the Flames broke a 1-1 tie late in the
Calgary took a 3-2 lead into the final period after scoring on
two of its first three power plays. Iginla's penalty shot 3:39 in
He got the shot because Phoenix defenseman Paul Mara dived in
and swept the puck away from the net with his left hand after it
got past Joseph and almost crossed the goal line. On the attempt,
Iginla skated straight in along the slot, then beat Joseph to the
"He had to do that, because it was going in," Iginla said
about Mara's move. "I was right behind the net watching it, and
Chuck would have had that one."
Nagy caught Sauve out of position behind the net and scored
easily to make it 4-3, but only 33 seconds remained, and the Flames
froze the puck for the win.
"We had a chance in the third period even though we didn't
really deserve to," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "Jarome
played a great game. He's probably the best player in the world,
and he was on tonight."
The Flames, outshot 34-15 in their loss to Phoenix last month,
were aggressive and opportunistic from the start.
Regehr scored 1:52 in on a slap shot from above the left circle
that Joseph lost in traffic.
Phoenix tied it at 8:48 when Saprykin's centering pass hit a
defenseman and popped into the net past Sauve, scrambling to cover
the open side. But Kobasew gave Calgary the lead again when he put
a rebound of Reinprecht's slap shot between Joseph's skates with
2:14 left in the period.
The Flames made it 3-1 at 8:08 of the second after outshooting
the Coyotes 12-0 to that point. Iginla started the play when he
retrieved the puck along the boards, reversed direction to split
two Phoenix players and fired a crossing pass to Reinprecht, open
below the right circle. He scooped the puck over Joseph.
But that was the last shot that got by Joseph, who made 18 saves
in the second period, until the one-on-one with Iginla.
Johnson, who hit the post 5:30 into the second, connected on a
wrist shot with 7:56 remaining after Mike Comrie went behind the
net and made an inside-out pass to the right wing for a one-timer.
"We did not give them anything, and they scored on a few lucky
breaks," Sauve said.
In his 18th game, Kobasew matched his six-goal total from
his 2003-04 rookie season, remaining second on the team to Iginla.
... Sauve (1-1) evened his NHL record at 8-8-3. Both of his starts
with Calgary have been against Phoenix. Sauve also made a relief
appearance Oct. 9 at Detroit. ... Joseph was playing for Toronto on
Jan. 22, 2002, when he stopped Iginla's third career penalty shot.
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Arena: Gila River Arena Location: Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Mike Leggo Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 14,493 (84.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Robyn Regehr (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Daymond Langkow, Tony Amonte
Oleg Saprykin (5)
Assist: Shane Doan
Chuck Kobasew (6)
Assists: Steve Reinprecht, Jarome Iginla
Steve Reinprecht (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf
Mike Johnson (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Mike Comrie, Paul Mara
Jarome Iginla (9)
(Penalty Shot) Unassisted
Ladislav Nagy (4)
Assists: Derek Morris, Mike Leclerc