The Flames scored three times on the power play and once
short-handed in a 6-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
"Especially for a power play that's been struggling, it's huge
to come out and get two goals right away," Amonte said. "It just
seemed like things started to fall into place after that. It was
just a good all-around effort playing against a club that's
probably struggling a little bit, mentally as well."
After the loss, Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky admitted that
Amonte's goal was most likely the game's turning point.
"We gave up that stupid turnover and it's 3-1," Gretzky said.
"When things are tough you've got to minimize your mistakes. A lot
of unnecessary penalties in the third period and we get ourselves
into another hole."
Amonte was pleased to score the goal that seemed to deflate the
spirits of the Coyotes, who fought back to within one goal late in
the first period on a score by Owen Nolan.
"They give one up when they're short-handed, that kills a
team," said Amonte, who picked up a turnover in the neutral zone
before speeding into the Phoenix zone and sending a wrist shot past
Coyotes' netminder Mike Morrison. "To get that two-goal lead was
huge for us."
Roman Hamrlik led the scoring charge for Calgary with a goal and
an assist, while Daymond Langkow added a pair of assists. Jarome
Iginla and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Flames, who halted a
three-game losing streak.
"We've still got lots of things to work on, but we took a step
in the right direction tonight," defenseman Robyn Regehr said.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots to improve to 3-4-1. Last
year's Vezina Trophy and Jennings Trophy winner has played all
eight games for Calgary so far this season.
The Coyotes (2-8-0) have now lost four straight and are in last
place in the Western Conference.
"I think we hit rock bottom about a week ago," Phoenix forward
Jeremy Roenick said. "We're just remaining there. It's something
I've never seen in my life. It's utterly embarrassing."
The Flames killed off three first-period power-play
opportunities for Phoenix, including a two-man advantage that
lasted 42 seconds. Kiprusoff made a pair of nice saves off point
shots fired by defenseman Ed Jovanovski to keep the game scoreless.
Calgary opened the scoring on a two-man advantage of their own.
Kobasew took a pass from Jamie Lundmark and quickly shoveled the
puck past Morrison with 5:19 left in the first period.
Just 65 seconds later, Huselius scored his first of the season
on another power play when he kicked the puck onto his stick and
swatted it past Morrison.
Nolan replied for Phoenix before the end of the period when he
backhanded a shot over Kiprusoff's shoulder and into the top
After Amonte's goal, Kiprusoff made back-to-back pad saves off
Phoenix forward Enver Lisin in the final minute of the second
period to preserve Calgary's two-goal lead.
Iginla opened scoring in the third with a perfect shot into the
top corner past Joseph. Nilson's goal followed to make it 5-1.
Hamrlik rounded out the scoring with his first goal of the season
on another Calgary man advantage.
Langkow had a great chance to add to Calgary's lead, but his
penalty shot attempt in the third hit the left post behind Joseph.
The Flames finished 3-for-10 on the man advantage, while the
Coyotes failed to score on nine power-play opportunities.
Kiprusoff also started last season 2-4-1 before he
backstopped the Flames to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
home ice on Oct. 20, 2005. He went on to win eight games in a row
and finished the season with a 42-10-11 record and 2.07
goals-against average. ... Phoenix center Mike Zigomanis, who has
won 59.6 percent of his faceoffs to rank third in the NHL so far
this season, missed the game with a groin injury he suffered during
a loss Monday to Edmonton. ... The Flames improved their all-time
record over the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise to 66-57-22.