Hockey

Flames score 7 to match season high

Matthew Lombardi scored twice and added an assist as the Calgary Flames skated to a 7-5 road victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Matthew Lombardi scored twice and added an assist as the Calgary Flames skated to a 7-5 road victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

Defenceman Cory Sarich had a goal and two assists, with Adrian Aucoin, Daymond Langkow, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom also scoring. The Glencross score was a short-handed tally.

Todd Bertuzzi more than made up for some early penalty trouble with four assists.

The majority of Calgary goals on the night could be more fairly described as hard earned than picturesque. The Flames feasted on a passel of Phoenix turnovers and ill-advised forays into Calgary's zone.

"I think we were the guys turning it over a little too much in the first and I think coming in after getting a big goal to tie it, we said we had to be smarter and be better at [the] blue-lines," Lombardi told Hockey Night In Canada during the second intermission.

The Flames have points in their last four games (3-0-1).

Calgary (33-18-5) scored seven goals for the second time this season, having done it in early November against Nashville.

They accomplished the feat despite the fact captain and offensive leader Jarome Iginla did not appear on the scoresheet. As well, the Flames didn't enjoy a single power-play opportunity.

"Well, it's nice to see us get rolling, it's nice to see all lines contributing," Sarich told HNIC. "We got another short-handed goal, you need that.

"We were a little bit flat for a little while but we've come out and put some pucks in the net."

Miikka Kiprusoff earned his league-leading 33rd win by stopping 32 shots.

Daniel Winnik and Viktor Tikhonov each had two goals for the Coyotes, with captain Shane Doan also scoring.

Bertuzzi took a pair of early penalties, with Phoenix scoring a power-play goal just as the second infraction expired.

Zbynek Mihalek's shot toward the net got through traffic past Kiprusoff with Winnik getting credit.

The Flames replied six minutes later when Aucoin beat Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a point shot, a play started when Steve Reinprecht became the first of many Coyotes to cough up the puck with bad consequences.

Calgary broke open the game with four goals in the second.

Pressure from David Moss helped induce Keith Yandle to turn the puck over, with Langkow swooping into the slot for the go-ahead goal at 7:21 of the period.

Derek Morris of the Coyotes couldn't corral the puck just over two minutes later, with Sarich picking up the loose puck and beating Bryzgalov. The Phoenix netminder banged his stick on the net in frustration afterward.

"We're putting an effort in, we're playing hard, we just have to tighten up," said Morris.

Winnik benefited from good work by the Coyotes behind the net to make it a one-goal game not long after, but Lombardi restored the two-goal cushion.

The speedy winger followed up on his own opportunity with a shot that bounced over the goalie and into the net.

At the other end, Doan was giving Kiprusoff the most trouble, hitting the post and then trying to beat the Flames goalie on the short side after driving down the left wing.

Olli Jokinen of Phoenix threw the puck away with his team enjoying a power play, allowing Moss and Glencross to bear down uncontested on Bryzgalov. Glencross notched his 10th of the season to make the score 5-2.

There were five goals in the final period but the outcome was never really in doubt for Calgary, to the delight of many Flames fans on hand at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

Bertuzzi doubled his point total by setting up Lombardi and Nystrom on rushes. Nystrom was able to convert after missing a great short-handed chance late in the second.

Rookie Tikhonov scored his two goals in a three-minute span late in the period to bring the Coyotes to within 7-5, but Phoenix didn't have another strong scoring chance until Tikhonov himself at the side of the net with about 22 seconds left.

Bryzgalov finished with 38 saves on the night.

Phoenix has dropped seven of its last eight games. The Coyotes were as high as sixth in the Western Conference last month but now languish 13th out of 15 teams.

Calgary is in the midst of a span where five of six are played on the road. Up next is the lone Saddledome game in the span, a divisional clash Tuesday against Vancouver.

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