Flames scorch Coyotes

The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz.–Calgary coach Bill Peters took one on the chin yesterday–and so did the team his Flames dominated, the Arizona Coyotes.
Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski each scored twice, and former Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith just missed his 38th career shutout, as the Flames dumped Arizona 6-1.
Smith, making his first start in five games, made 28 saves in his first win since Nov. 1.
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.
“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,” he added. “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.”
The Flames have won four-of-five but were coming off a loss to Las Vegas. Peters liked what he saw.
“We’ve got a good group. We like our team,” he remarked. “When we have time to practice and work on things, typically we get better.
“This sets up real well,” he added. “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 [games] at home.”
Calgary led 6-0 before Clayton Keller scored for Arizona with 6:16 to go.
Three of the Flames’ goals were short-handed.
“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,” he noted. “It just shows that if the opportunity is there, take it.”
The Coyotes have allowed five shorted-handed goals in their last two games.
“The power play is horrendous,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. “It really cost us.
“The effort on the power play is not there,” he added. “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.”
Hanifon’s first goal came on a power play and his second was short-handed.
The Flames’ two other short-handed goals, by T.J. Brodie and Jankowski, came in a 24-second span in the third period.
“That was crazy. It’s fresh to me,” Hanifin said. “I have never seen that.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, L.A. beat Edmonton, Tampa Bay downed New Jersey, and Nashville upended Anaheim all by 5-2 scores.

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