The Calgary Flames hosted the Phoenix Coyotes last night at the Saddledome and won with a final score of 3-2. This match-up is now tied at 2 wins each as they take a break from each other until March 15 when they will each try to win the series.
None of the Flames goals were soft, all were because of hard work and perseverance by a team that refuses to give up on themselves.
Sean Monahan, from a great pass by T.J. Galiardi, opened the scoring in the first period, raising his total goals to fourteen so far this season. Lance Bouma, on a partial breakaway in the second, sent a hard wrister into the net and the Flames were up by two goals. Antoine Vermette brought the Coyotes within one before Matt Stajan, with a slapper to end all Flames slappers put Calgary up by two again to end the second period. The only third period goal was by Shane Doan, but the Flames defense stepped up and wouldn’t let another past their goalie even though they had a tough time clearing the zone.
Karri Ramo looked comfortable in net, stopping 30 of 32 shots, bringing his save percentage to .938 in the game against Phoenix. Kevin Westgarth ended up with the only two Flames penalties, and Hartley could be seen talking to him on the bench afterwards. Mark Giordano had three shots on net and tallied over twenty-two minutes of time on ice.
It was an entertaining, good game of hockey – there were no dirty hits, no questionable calls, and just good old-fashioned hockey that we all know and love.
Here’s hoping we can keep the streak going…
Go Flames Go!