Flames 5, Coyotes 4

Jarome Iginla put his struggles behind and came up big for the
Calgary Flames.

Coming in with just one goal this season and two in his last 28
games, Iginla had two tying goals and Curtis Glencross scored the
winner 23 seconds after the second to lift the Flames to a 5-4 win
over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night

”It was a wacky game with a lot of different things,” Iginla
said. ”It felt great as a team to find a way not only to tie it
but to see Glennie win it right before regulation was great.”

Iginla tied the score 4-4 with 1:23 remaining in the third
period after a cross-ice pass from Alex Tanguay went off his stick
then off his belly before trickling in.

With the Scotiabank Saddledome sell-out crowd still buzzing,
Glencross took Lee Stempniak’s pass from the corner and one-timed a
slapshot past Mike Smith from the top of the slot.

”When you get a win like that, late in the game, it’s huge for
the mental part of the game,” Glencross said. ”It’s rewarding for
us and hopefully this puts a little wind under all of our sails and
we keep going.”

Tim Jackman and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary, which
pulled two points behind Phoenix, San Jose, and Dallas for seventh
place in the West.

Raffi Torres had two goals for Phoenix, and Michael Stone and
Nick Johnson also scored.

The Coyotes trailed 3-2 after two periodsTorres tied the score
3-all at 2:22 of the third period. The Coyotes winger started the
sequence with a nifty behind-the-back pass to defenseman Zbynek
Michalek as he crossed the Flames’ blue line. Torres then raced for
the net and buried Michalek’s return pass behind Joey
MacDonald.

Nick Johnson put the Coyotes into the lead at 8:48, backhanding
in a rebound from Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s point shot.

”We stopped playing. We came out with some authority in the
third. In the first 15 minutes, we were taking it to them playing
north, north, north hockey,” Torres said. ”Then we got in trouble
and we stopped playing and you can’t stop playing against those
guys over there.”

Iginla then tied it for the second time late in period.

”That’s two games in a row that we had a lead and we gave it
away. We came out and we were really good early in the third and
got ourselves back in the game, but a couple key mistakes at the
end cost us the game,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ”We have
to find a way to close these games out. That’s not who we are as a
team. Very uncharacteristic of us.”

Trailing 1-0, the Coyotes tied it with a power-play score at
5:32 of the second on a tough break for Flames defenseman Jay
Bouwmeester, who had Michael Stone’s point shot carom off defensive
partner Mark Giordano in front and hit him in the skate as he tried
to control it and bound straight into the net.

Torres put Phoenix ahead 5:59 remaining in the period as he got
behind the Flames’ defense on a 2-on-2, was threaded a pass by
Matthew Lombardi, and tucked a backhand behind MacDonald.

Iginla tied the score at 2-all with 3:34 to go, sliding a
harmless-looking backhander toward the net and the puck slipped
through Smith’s pads.

Cammalleri put the Flames ahead with 35 seconds left in the
period. He took a centering pass from Glencross and fired a shot
into the top corner of the net.

”The second period was definitely a bit different. A couple of
weird penalties and just not a lot of flow to the game, everybody
was a little riled up,” Stempniak said. ”We came in, took a deep
breath, and tried to channel that frustration and energy into the
game and stuck with it. It was a great win for us and a testament
to our mental toughness.”

After getting blanked on 30 shots by Smith last Tuesday, the
Flames scored on the their first shot in this game.

Chris Butler’s shot didn’t make it through a crowd in front but
Jackman collected it and, as he cruised by the net, he shovelled a
backhand under Smith’s arm. It was Jackman first goal and point in
52 games dating back to Dec. 29, 2011.

NOTES: Calgary RW Akim Aliu (lower body) was injured in his
season debut Saturday and was replaced in the lineup by Roman
Cervenka. … Calgary LW Steve Begin played in his 500th career
game. … Iginla’s two points give him 1,086 for his career, moving
him within two points of Theo Fleury for 59th on the NHL’s career
list.