Jon Gillies for the Win. With only his second NHL start, and first of the season Gillies stops 35 shots and secures the much needed 2 points for his team. Gillies got some ice time at home this past Saturday, during the Florida Panthers game, when David Rittich was pulled early in the 2nd after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots.
Yikes - the game starts with an awkward face-off - Sam Bennett on the top line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny gets a stick in his face (don't check for blood, it was your own player) - #93. Sam on Johnny "Yea he skated around, and just clipped my stick" - that's a long ass stick.
57 seconds in...
We've all heard this story before. Gillies allows a rebound goal off of Ekman-Larssons sniper - Stepan, Yotes capitalizing on it.
Flames with the first PP with Backlund drawing the hooking penalty on Stepan, less than 5 minutes into the game.
Another scary moment for Calgary Flames fans, as Johnny's failed pass to Monny allows #48 a shot at Gillies - #32 struggling with the rebound again ..
Shots are 5-4 for Coyotes half way in the first as Gillies makes a pad save.
Stajan down ..
Flames falling like flies. Stajan takes a hard shoulder to the head. No penalty called - even tho the puck was no where near him ..
And Johnny's back, 1-1 game, 11 minutes in with a goal from Bennett.
Sam Bennett finding his groove on the top line - pots in his 9th (of the season), Gio and Johnny with the A's .
Ferdiddy bringing down Rinaldo (this ain't soccer - in hockey we fight!) - remember that shoulder on my buddy Stajan - yea.
Just in case you missed it - Johnny's back! 2-1 score board.
Monny loses a handle, but the puck knows where Johnny's at - Bennett leading the Yotes D towards the net with him - Johnny gets his 20th goal of the season.
Gillies makes a stick save, shots 6-8 for Coyotes, with just over 5 minutes left in the first.
Tkachuk gets a roughing call at 4:48 clock.
Goligoski keeping it in the Flames zone a few times for the Yotes, finally cleared, as Flames are able to kill off the penalty - no shots registered on net - saving the kid Tkachuk this time. Got to love his aggressive play though.
Flames take a good tripping call .. yep good.
Archibald was on his way to a backhand top right - until Johnny dragged him down with a hook. Flames win the face off and kill off the first 49 seconds of the penalty.
2nd Period - Stajan is back.
Over a minute left in Flames PK - and it ends with Stajan clearing the puck for his team.
No goal - high stick ruling reversing Backlund's would be goal.
Remains 2-1 for the Flames a few minutes into the second.
TJ Brodie with a hooking call 5 minutes in. Frolik gets a short-handed chance, Gillies making a couple of saves on the other end.
And with 3 seconds left in the Coyotes PP - Domi is sent to the box for hooking.
Calgary Flames now on a Power Play. Dougie Hamilton puts his first PP shot wide, but makes no mistake on the second shot, towards the net, from Johnny - turn pass to Monny.
And with that - Monahan gets his 28th goal.
Sean Monahan now 9th in the NHL for goals scored - outflanked by Kucherov (32 G), Malkin (33 G), Ovechkin (36 G).
Calgary Flames lead the pack of Coyotes by 2.
The black stripes are better at threading the needle than i - because i did NOT see that hook-ing call on Frolik (6:49).
Goligoski has been good in keeping the puck in the Flames zone for the Yotes. I remember hoarding him a few years in row - in my hockey pool during the Penguin days (with Letang - like a decade ago).
And - the Flames kill off another Penalty. How many is that now, 5 - last 3 were playing hooky calls.
Hamonic #24 gets crushed along the boards by Cousins #25 - Tkachuk having words, while he wrestles Cousins to the ground - sending him back to his bench with a message.
Then Stajan gets sent off for slashing (whomp whomp) - as Flames are put to work on their 6th PK - Yotes hit the post!
Post to Janko #77 break away SH goal! Just strips Goligoski!
Good on Brodie to bounce the puck off the board. Jankowski securing a solid 4-1 lead early in the third for the Flames - that'll help Gillies feel a little more comfortable in his 1st start this season.
Stepan with his 5th shot on Gillies - 10:10 left to play. Shots just about even 27-28 for Arizona. Penalty minutes are 17 for the Flames (Ferland with that extra sauce 5 mins for fighting), 13 for the Coyotes.
Tkachuk has more where that comes from!
Dougie Hamilton gets his second assist of the night with another great pass, this time to #19.
Calgary Flames up 5-1 with 8 minutes to go.
Lucky for the cushion, Gillies lets one in, possibly off Hamonic, but who knows - and who cares (except for #32 stats)
Flames take it 5-2.
Who are we watching?
Meanwhile the Minnesota Wild snag a 3rd spot in the Central division / tethering off the wild card spot the Flames so covet.
Johnny and his teeth stealing the show - with a solid 3 point game for #13 after missing a few minutes while getting repairs early in the game.
Honourable mentions go to Captain Giordano (+4) and Dougie Hamilton (+3), both getting 2 assists in tonights game. Sending Bennett up the ladder worked - Monahan and Bennett get 1 goal, 1 assist a piece.
To add fuel to the fire: the Young ins - Janko, and Tkachuk add a goal each in the 3rd for good measure.
The Calgary Flames (71 points) will have some great momentum going forward off of that win - playing an important game against the Colorado Avalanche (69 points) at home, at the Saddledome on Saturday.