Arizona Coyotes fall to Flames in Calgary
Dec 5, 2022, 10:27 PM
CALGARY, Alberta — Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal at 15:42 of the third period and added two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday.
Dillon Dube and Elias Lindholm also scored for Calgary (12-10-3), which has won five of its last six games at the Saddledome. Jonathan Huberdeau chipped in a pair of assists.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Jakob Chychrun each had a goal and an assist for Arizona (7-12-4), which has won just one of its last 10 (1-6-3).
Dan Vladar, starting for the fifth time in the last seven games, made 18 stops to even his record at 4-4-1.
Karel Vejmelka had 24 stops for the Coyotes in falling to 6-7-3.
Down 2-1 to start the third period, Arizona tied it at 5:50 when Chychrun snapped a shot over Vladar’s shoulder. It was Chychrun’s third goal in seven games since the defenseman returned from a wrist injury that sidelined him the first six weeks of the season.
But nine minutes later, Chychrun took a tripping penalty that proved to be costly.
Calgary regained the lead as Tyler Toffoli neatly set up Kadri, who notched his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The Flames finished the night a perfect 2-for-3 on the power play, after having been in a slump, going 2-for-21 over the previous seven games.
Arizona went 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Coyotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki, selected 16th overall in the 2017 draft, is the fourth Flames first-round pick to play against Calgary during its homestand. He follows Matthew Tkachuk (2016) and Sam Bennett (2014) with Florida on Tuesday and Sean Monahan (2013) with the Canadiens on Thursday.
Matias Maccelli’s assist extends the 22-year-old’s point streak to four games (one goal, five assists). It’s also his 15th helper on the season, which leads all rookies. Maccelli is second in rookie scoring behind Seattle’s Matty Beniers.
Coyotes: At Edmonton on Wednesday night to wrap up a season-high 14-game road trip.
Flames: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night in the finale of a five-game homestand.