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That bites! Dogs fetch win over Flames

Iggy and David Hale square off in the first period. (MIKE DREW/SUN MEDIA)

Iggy and David Hale square off in the first period. (MIKE DREW/SUN MEDIA)

STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET

Hard to say what was more surprising, that David Hale scored, or that he dropped the gloves with Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

Giving his Phoenix Coyotes an early lead with just the second goal of his six-year NHL career, Hale fired up the visitors in a wild 4-3 victory on Stampede Night at the Saddledome.

He stoked Iginla's ire later in the frame while battling near the Coyotes net.

They exchanged words and squared off -- helmets on -- for a short but spirited bout. Hale landed a couple of good shots early but took a knockout blow from Iginla, who was so livid he even tried to land another punch on the way to the ice, and was still verbally sparring with his former teammate in the sin bin.

"I probably got a little carried away," said Iginla, who had a pair of assists in the third period and finished plus-three on the night.

"He caught me with a pretty good crosscheck under the ribs. It was one that just got me in the right spot, and it hurt. I probably got a little too fired up.

"He's a pretty intense guy. He's always been a good teammate and considered a friend. He just got me with a real good crosscheck under there and kind of wound me up."

Unfortunately, there was no trickle-effect for the Flames.

The top line accounted for all their scoring -- with a pair of goals from Michael Cammalleri and another from the promoted Matthew Lombardi -- while the depth that has been a key to the Flames' recent success in the absence of production from their captain was missing.

So was the sharp goaltending Miikka Kiprusoff has displayed over the past couple of months.

Coming from 40-feet out, Hale's opening tally was a bad omen for the hosts.

Forgive Kiprusoff for not being set for the wrister from the blueline. It was a quick release, but there were also a lot of bodies blocking his view. Excuses would be hard to come by on the third Coyotes tally, which put them ahead by a pair for a second time after Cammalleri got the Flames on the board with his 18th of the season.

Olli Jokinen fired blindly from the corner along the goal-line and the puck somehow found its way through Kiprusoff, who left a gap as he hugged his post and peeked at the attackers heading his way.

The second Coyotes goal was a tough one. Adam Pardy played a 2-on-1 rush perfectly, but the pass bounced right back to Peter Mueller, who picked the far side of the net to make it a 2-0 lead 2:33 into the second period.

The Flames could have quit there. They didn't.

Well, at least the top line.

"We all felt through the game we could come back and get the win, or at least a tie and make something happen in overtime," said Cammalleri, who led charge after charge only to fall short. "They did a good job not letting us get close enough. When they keep getting that two-goal lead, it makes it tough for us."

Before Cammalleri netted his second of the night by deflecting Dion Phaneuf's point shot past Ilya Bryzgalov, Coyotes rookie Mikkel Boedker used his speed to fend off Adrian Aucoin on a partial break, then roofed the puck over Kiprusoff's shoulder for the game-winner 6:48 into the third period.


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