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The Morning After Arizona: Flames Leave Desert In First Place

Despite a setback in Vegas, the trip to the Southwest worked out well for Calgary.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames 6 Arizon Coyotes 1

Calgary dismantled the Desert Puppies yesterday in an afternoon matinee that saw the Flames special teams come alive. Calgary scored on the PP and had 3 short handed goals en route to a 6-1 victory in Arizona. The victory puts the Flames in sole posession of first place in the Pacific. Here’s the rest of the best of what wasn’t covered in our recap or Rate The Flames.


-500: James Neal got in scorebook, but not on the scoreboard. The NHL vet has had trouble putting the puck in the net, but was able to reach a career milestone. His assist on Noah Hanifin’s second period goal was the 500th point of his career.

-Another First!: Speaking of Hanifin, he was finally able to score his first goal as a Calgary Flames at the 16:22 mark of the first period.

-Shut ‘Em Down: Mike Smith was denied a shutout against his former team, but the Flames keeper stopped 28 of the 29 shots that came his way to earn the victory. In his last 2 victories over his former team Smith has allowed 1 goal on 57 shots.


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