Flames overwhelm Coyotes
The Calgary Flames enjoyed a little taste of home cooking on Tuesday night.
Roman Hamrlik posted one goal and one assist as the hometown Flames singed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-1 in front of 19,289 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Chuck Kobasew, Kristian Huselius, Tony Amonte, Jarome Iginla and Marcus Nilson also scored for the Flames, who ended a modest three-game losing streak.
Daymond Langkow had two assists as Calgary counted three power-play goals in 10 opportunities.
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who has started every game for Calgary, turned aside 26 of 27 shots to improve to 3-4-1.
"It was our best game of the season," Amonte said. "We were physical and we moved the puck.
"The guys just seemed to be desperate for this win tonight. We wanted to do whatever it took to get the two points."
"We've still got lots of things to work on," added Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "But we took a step in the right direction tonight."
Owen Nolan counted the lone goal for the Coyotes, who went 0-for-9 with the man advantage.
"We hit rock bottom about a week ago," Coyotes forward Jeremy Roenick. "We're just remaining there.
"It's something I've never seen in my life. It's utterly embarrassing."
Mike Morrison permitted three goals on nine shots before being replaced in the second period by Curtis Joseph, who stopped 18 shots.
Among Joseph's finer moments was outguessing Langkow on a third-period penalty shot.
Kobasew and Huselius opened the scoring in the first period with goals 65 seconds apart.
Kobasew scored his second goal of the season 14:41 into the contest during a 5-on-3 power play and Huselius followed with his first on a nifty give-and-go with Langkow at the 15:46 mark.
Nolan halved the deficit with his second and 2:25 left on the clock, but Amonte restored Calgary's two-goal margin by potting a short-handed goal 6:32 into the second period.
"We gave up that stupid turnover and it was 3-1," Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said. "When things are tough, you have got to minimize your mistakes."
Iginla capitalized on yet another Coyotes turnover to make it 4-1 Flames, notching his third at 3:03 of the third period.
Less than a minute after Joseph foiled Langkow on the penalty shot, Nilson swatted in a rebound for his second and a 5-1 lead at 7:42 of the third.
Hamrlik then completed the scoring with his first, a power-play marker with 7:04 remaining.
With files from Sports Network