Right after Wideman hit Duke, however, Tobias Rieder managed to snag a late second period goal to send the Arizona Coyotes into the locker room up 1-0.
Other than Smitty’s heroics, that was the final highlight for the Coyotes.
The Flames came out and dominated the third.
From about eight minutes into the period until the final whistle of regulation, they peppered Mike Smith with shots and hemmed the Yotes in their own zone.
When Arizona did manage to clear the puck, they turned it over and right back came Calgary.
Smitty backstopped the team to a loser’s point and a chance in overtime.
Unfortunately, Brad Richardson turned the puck over at center ice and Michael Frolik scored to win it for the Flames.
Arizona Coyotes Player of the Game
Mike Smith was great in his return to the crease. You can’t really hold him accountable for either goal.
The Matthew Tkachuk goal was a thing of beauty and based on placement there was little Smith could do to prevent the tally. The Frolik goal was a breakaway in overtime. That’s basically a 50/50 coin flip every time, and Smith and the Coyotes lost the toss this go ’round.
Smitty saved 22 of 24 and really deserved a better fate. His play in the third period was on another level.
The View From The 200 Level
When you get hammered in possession by the Calgary Flames (of all teams) 68 shot attempts to 37, you’re lucky to have even earned a loser’s point.