I really don’t know what to say about tonight’s game so I’ll keep this brief.
The Coyotes had two goals from Christian Dvorak and the rest were supplied by Martin Hanzal, Jordan Martinook, and Ryan White.
The Flames actually started the game very well with one of their best first periods of the season but couldn’t beat Mike Smith despite peppering him with 19 shots in the period.
Hanzal scored against the flow of the play off a faceoff, and the Flames were never able to gain back their momentum.
The Coyotes then made it 2-0 and 3-0 in quick succession to start the second period and never looked back, thoroughly outplaying the Flames the rest of the way.
The Coyotes third goal exemplified a lot of what was wrong with the Flames at points this season. Namely, Dennis Wideman. Arizona dumped the puck in and Wideman was easily knocked away from the puck by Martinook leading to him being alone in front of Johnson. Would’ve also like to have seen Johnson challenge more as he was on the goal line for the duration of the play, but still Wideman. Why?
Chad Johnson got the start in net for the Flames but was pulled after the second period, having allowed 4 goals on 23 shots. Brian Elliott came in for the third and allowed an early goal, not that it mattered.
In his last five starts, Johnson has been pulled twice, and allowed 18 goals. This include the one good game he had against Pittsburgh. Other than that it was 5 goals on 20 shots vs MTL, 3 goals on 4 shots vs EDM, 4 goals on 21 shots vs NSH, and then tonight. Not good at all.
There really was nothing good about tonight’s game as the Flames fall further behind in their playoff push.
They host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday as they try to turn things around.