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Phoenix at Calgary

Jovanovski's first goal of season boosts Coyotes past Flames

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CALGARY, Alberta -- Ed Jovanovski's latest first goal of the season was still big, no matter how long he has been in the NHL.

Jovanovski's power-play goal midway through the second period broke a 2-2 tie and the Phoenix Coyotes went on to beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Tuesday.

For Jovanovski, not only was it his first goal in 10 games, it was his first point.

"Any time you go through a stretch like that where you can't get anything, it weighs on you and it's frustrating," Jovanovski said. "It's nice to get back on the board. I, personally, have always been a guy that likes to contribute offensively and hopefully this is the start of something good for me."

At 32, the defenseman is not old by NHL standards, but considering the Coyotes have five players 21 or younger, he certainly qualifies as a veteran and knows he's a player the team counts on.

"Even after I scored that goal, I felt better as a player instantly," Jovanovski said. "I felt confident, I felt my feet moving a lot better, I was in the play more, I was more physical."

Derek Morris and Steve Reinprecht also scored their first goals of the season for Phoenix.

Jovanovski's tiebreaker at 11:52 of the middle period came on a low slap shot from the blue line that trickled in off the glove of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

The goal came on Phoenix's first power play of the game, and against the Flames' penalty-killing unit that had killed off 31 of 33 penalties over the previous eight games.

Reinprecht made it 4-2 with two minutes left in the second period when rookie center Kevin Porter slid the puck into the high slot for him as the trailer on a 3-on-2. The former Flame neatly tucked a backhander past the sprawling Kiprusoff. Reinprecht was a healthy scratch when the Flames beat Phoenix 4-1 in Arizona a week ago.

Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix, which snapped a three-game road losing streak. Doan has three goals and eight points in the past four games. Peter Mueller had two assists Tuesday.

Daymond Langkow and Dustin Boyd scored for Calgary, which has lost two straight after a six-game winning streak.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing, when we're playing at home like this, we like to think we have an advantage, but we didn't play well for the first 40 minutes and when you get in a hole like that, it's hard to get out of it," said Flames right wing David Moss, who had two assists.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 27 saves for Phoenix to improve to 4-4-0. Kiprusoff, who has started every game for Calgary, finished with 18 saves.

Calgary struck first at 3:20, capitalizing on Porter's turnover along the boards. Langkow snapped his third goal of the season into the top corner from the slot.

Phoenix got even with a shorthanded goal at 10:23 when Morris put a 40-foot slap shot inside the post.

"Our power play was a little careless and that definitely contributed to their momentum," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "We had the lead and then gave it up with a shorthanded goal. We really didn't recover from that."

Doan put the Coyotes ahead at 18:24, but the Flames tied it with 16 seconds left in the period when Marc Giordano's shot first deflected off the stick of Moss then caromed off Boyd's stick past Bryzgalov.

"We felt good getting that late goal in the first, it's usually a good momentum builder, but I don't know if we got frustrated with no opportunities on the power play or not getting that many shots and chances when you give them a few breaks," Moss said. "They have enough skill to put it in the back of the net and that's what they did."

Notes

  • Calgary D Robyn Regehr returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with an undisclosed injury.
  • Phoenix rookie C Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch. His spot was taken by Murray, who was recalled Monday from San Antonio (AHL). Murray's first game with the Coyotes was the 107th of his NHL career. Murray, 26, has played with the New York Rangers, Montreal and Florida.
  • Reinprecht's goal was his 300th NHL point.
  • Calgary RW Todd Bertuzzi was a minus-3 to drop to a team-worst minus-10 for the season. Giordano leads the Flames at plus-4.
  • Kiprusoff is the only goalie to have played in every minute of his team's games this season.
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Kevin Porter skates to Steve Reinprecht after setting up his teammate for his first goal this season.  (AP)
Kevin Porter skates to Steve Reinprecht after setting up his teammate for his first goal this season. (AP)
Scoreboard
Phoenix  (5-5-0) «2204
Calgary (7-5-1)2002
Three Stars
S. Doan
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Moss
CGY


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
D. Morris
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:20Daymond Langkow (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Moss, Glencross
10:23Short - Derek Morris (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Tikhonov, Hanzal
18:24Shane Doan (7), Backhand Shot. Assist: Mueller, Jokinen
19:44Dustin Boyd (3), Tip-In. Assist: Moss, Giordano
2ND PERIOD
11:52Power Play - Ed Jovanovski (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Doan, Mueller
18:00Steve Reinprecht (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Porter, Boedker
3RD PERIOD
None
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
09:24Winnik, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:08Carcillo, 2 min, Tripping
17:38Murray, 5 min, Fighting
17:38Nystrom, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
02:17Jovanovski, 2 min, Hooking
11:10Glencross, 2 min, Tripping
19:14Phaneuf, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
16:57Conroy, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Phoenix96722
Calgary861529
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00272
Miikka Kiprusoff59:12184
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Phoenix1-for-3
Calgary0-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Brian Pochmara, Rob Shick
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Mike Cvik
 
Other Games
Min 1 Final
SJ 3
Ana 1 Final
OT
LA 0
Car 5 Final
OT
Tor 4
NYI 2 Final
NYR 1
Wash 1 Final
OT
Ott 2
Nash 0 Final
Van 4