Flames Game Review

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

SHOOTOUT IN GLENDALE, ARIZ.

PHOENIX COYOTES (31-18-5) 3

CALGARY FLAMES (26-20-8) 2

REPORT CARD

Overall: C

Offence: C+

Defence: C

Goaltending: C+

Powerplay: D

Penalty kill: C+

WHAT IT MEANS

A firmer hold on eighth spot in the Western Conference, even with a ninth-straight defeat (0-6-3). Calgary has a one-point edge on Detroit, although the Red Wings have a game in hand.

UNSUNG HERO

Radim Vrbata led the hosts with shots and created a few scoring chances. He also set up the game's first goal.

WHY FLAMES LOST

Because they couldn't muster enough goals and failed to take advantage of a Coyotes team which wasn't sharp early.

HIT OF THE GAME

While penalty killing, Flames winger Curtis Glencross had to go full out to the boards for a puck in front of the Coyotes bench. He almost ended up in it when Scottie Upshall drove into him and tried to lever him over the boards.

SAVE OF THE GAME

In the second period, a pretty passing play between Olli Jokinen and Jamie Lundmark gave Brandon Prust a lane for the scoring chance. Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stuck out his leg to get a piece of the puck.

UP NEXT

SATURDAY: Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames, 8 p.m., CBC, Fan 960.


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