A complete game? Not quite. A better start? OH yea. Calgary came out big in the first period, taking to heart their coaches warning about their lackluster efforts in practice by putting together a better product in the opening frame. In Anaheim the first period was killer. In Coyotes it was the difference. Two early goals put the Flames permanently ahead, and although the Coyotes pressed hard in the second, Calgary held on for the win with the top line coming out and showing some scoring flash.
Jarome Iginla and Rhett Warrener scored in the opening frame to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Calgary dominated for the better part of 3 periods but had stretches where Phoenix poured the pressure on. The most interesting of these events came on the eventual Phoneix goal. Calgary looked to have scored a goal from center ice as the puck squirted through Bryzgalov, the puck was on end and although one camera angle showed the puck across the goaline the overhead camera deemed otherwise. Instead of going up 3-0 Calgary’s lead was cut to 2-1.
But that was as close as the hometeam would get. Cujo stood tall against his old team only making one error that lead to the only goal for Phoenix. A much needed rest for Kipper and two wins for Cujo makes his pick up more attractive in hindsight. Iginla capped the night off with his second goal and 40th of the season. That goal put him in a tie with Theo Fleury as the Flames leading franchise goal scorer.
Notes: Corey Sarich did not suit up and lost his Iron Man streak at 453. Huselius hasn’t scored in 16 games and rang one off the post with the open net. Nolan and Conroy left the game with unspecified injuries. Conroy did not return. Huselius had a three point night.