Smith sharp in win over Coyotes, Flames take Pacific Division lead

Smith sharp in win over Coyotes, Flames take Pacific Division lead
Hanifin, Jankowski lead Flames rout
Calgary coach Bill Peters took one on the chin Sunday, and so did the team his Flames dominated, the Arizona Coyotes.

Peters wasn't around to watch about 10 minutes of the game after he was hit in the left jaw with a puck while standing in his customary spot in the bench area early in the second period. He needed eight stitches and returned late in the period.

Sean Monahan and T.J. Brodie also scored for Calgary. The Flames rebounded from a loss at Las Vegas on Friday night and have won four of five. Arizona has lost four in a row, counting in overtime loss, and has been outscored 11-2 in the two games since goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury.

"I think it's going to hurt more tomorrow, right?" Peters said after the game, the nasty cut and stitches clearly visible. "One of those things. There's not a lot of room up there, you've got to be paying attention. … They did a good job, got me stitched up and back to work. … Hopefully, it's the last time, but I doubt it."

Video: Flames score three shorthanded goals in win over Coyotes

"We've got a good group. We like our team," he said. "When we have time to practice and work on things typically we get better. This sets up real well. We've played every other day for a long time now. Now we get a day off and then we get another practice and we've got two at home."

Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski each scored twice, former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith just missed his 38th career shutout and the Calgary Flames routed Arizona 6-1 on Sunday.

"If you have a chance to make something happen, do it," Hanifan said. "They want us to make plays. A team like Arizona, they have a ton of short-handed goals this year. It just shows that if the opportunity is there, take it."

NOTES: With an assist on Hanifins second goal, James Neal earned his 500th career point. “A big number,” Peters said. … Smith has one shutout this season. … Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larson remains two assists shy of 200 for his career. … Smith played six seasons for the Coyotes before being traded to the Flames on June 17, 2017. … With an assist on Calgarys first goal, Mark Giordano earned his 200th career point for the Flames, 12th-most in franchise history. He needs one point to reach 400 for his career. … The Coyotes entered the game at 29th in the NHL in goals per game. … Kellers goal was his sixth of the season.

Flames HC Peters hit with puck; requires stitches

"The power play is horrendous," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "It really cost us. The effort on the power play is not there. The 5-on-5 we're fine at, but it's just we lose juice during the power play. … A lot of our best players are on the power play and they have to stick with the program and right now they're not, and that falls on me."

Sean Monahan and T.J. Brodie also scored for Calgary. The Flames rebounded from a loss at Las Vegas on Friday night and have won four of five. Arizona has lost four in a row, counting in overtime loss, and has been outscored 11-2 in the two games since goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes finished the home stand 1-3-1.

"We have to regroup here and especially not feel sorry for ourselves," Coyotes defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "That's the last thing you can do in this league. You just have to work harder, that's it, just work had and support each other and come to the rink with a positive attitude."

“I think its going to hurt more tomorrow, right?” Peters said after the game, the nasty cut and stitches clearly visible. “One of those things. Theres not a lot of room up there, youve got to be paying attention. … They did a good job, got me stitched up and back to work. … Hopefully, its the last time, but I doubt it.”

About the only thing that did go wrong for Calgary was Elias Lindholm's failed penalty shot attempt, the puck knocked away by Raanta.

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Hanifan's first goal came on a power play and his second was short-handed. The Flames' two other short-handed goals, by Brodie and Jankowski, came in a 24-second span in the third period.

Calgary Flames head coach takes puck to the chin during game, receives eight stitches

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Flames coach Bill Peters needs stitches after taking puck to face

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Calgary coach Bill Peters took one on the chin Sunday, and so did the team his Flames dominated, the Arizona Coyotes.

Sunday’s 1 p.m. start was the final game of a five-game homestand. The last time the Coyotes (9-11-2) were in their own building for five straight, they went 4-1, with that fourth victory serving as the bookend of a five-game win streak.

Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski each scored twice, former Coyotes goalie Mike Smith just missed his 38th career shutout and the Flames routed Arizona 6-1.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There was a time, about a month ago, when seemingly everything was clicking for the Arizona Coyotes.

Peters wasnt around to watch about 10 minutes of the game after he was hit in the left jaw with a puck while standing in his customary spot in the bench area early in the second period. He needed eight stitches and returned late in the period.

Taking the loss against the Golden Knights was David Rittich, who allowed two goals on 28 shot attempts to fall to 8-2 with a 2.04 GAA and a .930 save percentage on the year, including 4-2 with a 1.44 GAA and a .954 save percentage on the road. This would be his first meeting with the Coyotes. Mike Smith may get the start in this one and he has gone 5-8 with a 3.48 GAA and a .876 save percentage on the year, including 2-4 with a 2.69 GAA and a .910 save percentage on the road. In his carer, he has gone 4-3 with a 2.27 GAA against the Coyotes. The Flames are 9th in the league in scoring at 3.26 gpg and 15th in goals allowed at 2.91 gpg. Coyotes Lose 3rd In A Row The Arizona Coyotes have not been playing well of late as they have lost their last three games in a row and seven of their last nine. That drops them to 9-12 on the year and in 7th place in the Pacific Division. Their offense was a huge problem for them last year and it is starting to bite them this year. The Coyotes are off a 5-1 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche and they have now scored a total of 11 goals in their last seven games. Yikes. They will need their offense to show up in this one as the Flames have a good offense. Scoring their lone goal was Dylan Strome, which was his 3rd of the year. 

Video: 11/25/18 Condensed Game: Flames @ Coyotes

“I think its going to hurt more tomorrow, right?” Peters said after the game, the nasty cut and stitches clearly visible. “One of those things. Theres not a lot of room up there, youve got to be paying attention. … They did a good job, got me stitched up and back to work. … Hopefully, its the last time, but I doubt it.”

“Weve got a good group. We like our team,” he said. “When we have time to practice and work on things typically we get better. This sets up real well. Weve played every other day for a long time now. Now we get a day off and then we get another practice and weve got two at home.”

I will look for the Flames to take this one. The Coyotes have struggled of late, especially on offense and I do not see them scoring enough to take this one. The Flames are 9th in the league in scoring this year while the Coyotes come in near the bottom of the scoring standings and they have scored just 11 goals in their last seven games. Take the Flames in this one and the clincher is the fact that the Flames are 4-1 their last five games here in Arizona.

“If you have a chance to make something happen, do it,” Hanifin said. “They want us to make plays. A team like Arizona, they have a ton of short-handed goals this year. It just shows that if the opportunity is there, take it.”

“The power play is horrendous,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. “It really cost us. The effort on the power play is not there. The 5-on-5 were fine at, but its just we lose juice during the power play. … A lot of our best players are on the power play and they have to stick with the program and right now theyre not, and that falls on me.”

The Coyotes lack of offense is definitely a problem as of late, especially since their defense hasnt been able to weather the storm. The blue line has been hit pretty hard by injuries and its not going to end anytime soon. The team has gotten back Jakob Chychrun and Alex Goligoski which is good, but the team is really struggling since losing Jason Demers. With Demers out, the team is going to have to find someone who can eat up the big minutes with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the top pairing. The team has a few candidates who can fill that spot, but its going to take time to build that same chemistry.

Hours after the game, the Coyotes traded forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago for forward Nick Schmaltz in a swap involving three former first-round picks.

Strome went No. 3 overall in 2015, but the 6-foot-3 forward has just seven goals and nine assists in 47 career games. Perlini has two goals and four assists in 22 games this season.

Sean Monahan and T.J. Brodie also scored for Calgary. The Flames rebounded from a loss at Las Vegas on Friday night and have won four of five. Arizona has lost four in a row, counting in overtime loss, and has been outscored 11-2 in the two games since goalie Antti Raanta returned after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes finished the home stand 1-3-1.

“We have to regroup here and especially not feel sorry for ourselves,” Coyotes defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “Thats the last thing you can do in this league. You just have to work harder, thats it, just work had and support each other and come to the rink with a positive attitude.”

About the only thing that did go wrong for Calgary was Elias Lindholms failed penalty shot attempt, the puck knocked away by Raanta.

Hanifons first goal came on a power play and his second was short-handed. The Flames two other short-handed goals, by Brodie and Jankowski, came in a 24-second span in the third period.

NOTES: With an assist on Hanifins second goal, James Neal earned his 500th career point. “A big number,” Peters said. … Smith has one shutout this season. … Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larson remains two assists shy of 200 for his career. … Smith played six seasons for the Coyotes before being traded to the Flames on June 17, 2017. … With an assist on Calgarys first goal, Mark Giordano earned his 200th career point for the Flames, 12th-most in franchise history. He needs one point to reach 400 for his career. … The Coyotes entered the game at 29th in the NHL in goals per game. … Kellers goal was his sixth of the season.