Found September 26, 2013 on Sports Report Arizona:
gettyimages.com   The Phoenix Coyotes played their final away game in Calgary last night. The Flames seemed to have had just a difficult off season as Phoenix but for different reasons. Back in late June Alberta, Canada experienced heavy rainfall which caused disastrous flooding; leading to a mandatory evacuation of Calgary. The Scotiabank Saddledome, home to the Calgary Flames, filled up to the first thirteen rows; Locker rooms and offices were destroyed. Officials vowed to have the arena opened as soon as possible, and they kept true to their word. After watching last night’s game one could hardly tell the toll the flood took on the building. All eyes were on Mike Smith as he took the goal for Phoenix; his third time this preseason. Mikes last game ended in overtime as Sharks Logan Couture got the game winner. Smith looked to put the game behind him, showing great confidence in his pregame interviews. The first period showed great signs of improvement for the Coyotes, they made their passes and their skating was fluid. Unlike the game in Vancouver the Coyotes were winning the fight in front of their net, clearing the puck out and Smith making spectacular saves. No goals were scored in the first; Calgary narrowly out shot Phoenix 6-5. The second period opened up with a hooking call on Calgary’s Matt Stajan, this led to a tip right between Flames goaltender Reto Berra. Captain Shane Doan with a fantastic redirection, this was his second goal of the Preseason. Almost nine minutes passed until Calgary would finally get their first shot on goal in the period, the lack of shooting was causing tension to the Flames forwards. The Flames started a more aggressive offensive strategy. Calgary Forward David Jones  made a gutsy call as he decided to made a fast break for the goal, trying to scare Smith, Jones didn’t let up. Smith unfazed blocked the shot and took the full hit from the runaway right wing. Mike Smith is known for his temper, he doesn’t like guys in his crease, he’ll fight for his net… and that is just what Smith did. With the forward lying face down on the ice Smith threw a punch, then ripped off Jones’s helmet and gave him a few more blows before the refs stepped in. This leaves me hoping for more fights by Mike Smith this season. He fueled the team and the fans last night. Phoenix needs their guys to show everyone that they are a contender this year. Phoenix is “HUNGIER THAN EVER!” Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had an assist on Doan’s earlier goal, wanted a piece of the action as he sent a beauty of a slap shot right past Berra for Phoenix’s second goal of the night. Larson led the team in assists last year; with 21. There was nothing pretty about the third period if you are a Phoenix Coyotes fan. Calgary started off with a power play due to Chris Summers interference call that happened late in the second; soon after Larsson would be called for holding. Also the fact that Paul Bissonnette was dragged down by Tim Jackman in a fight, the fight took a while to start it seemed at first like all they were going to do was stare at one another. Both men got a few punches in, Paul throwing the heavier blows. It was around the seventh minutes when things got pretty scary. As goalie Mike Smith was battling down low for the puck, he lost a hold of his stick for a while but continued to show his athleticism by blocking a few more shots. The puck was finally cleared from the Phoenix zone; Smith got up but was showing tremendous discomfort. Smith never left the ice which is a great sign because if there was any seriousness to an injury Dave Tippett would have pulled Smith in a heartbeat. The Flames started to really pick up their shots on goal; they doubled the Coyotes in the third period. Finally Lance Bouma tipped in Stajan’s pass, nearly escaping an attempted kick save by Smith. Within the next three minutes Corbin Knight tied the game. The score would stay tied till the end of the third, which only meant one thing. OVERTIME HOCKEY! Overtime started with a Calgary power play, Calgary would have a 4 on 3 advantage for the first 1:38. Though the Flames sent a few shots on goal it was Smith proving he was clutch and held off the Flames during the power play. Finally with 1:07 remaining in OT defenseman Zbynek Michalek sent a zipping slap shot to the top shelf of the Calgary goal. Game Notes                               Mike Smith: 29-31 — 0.935 Sv% — 63:53 TOI                               Oliver Ekman-Larsson: 1G/1A — 3 SOG — 22:37 TOI                               Mikkel Boedker: 2A — 16:32 TOI                               Zbynek Michalek: Game Winning Goal — 2 SOG — 23:10 TOI The Coyotes return to Phoenix for their final preseason game. It will be a rematch against the San Jose Sharks who beat the Coyotes a week earlier in overtime. Their first game was close so don’t expect much different. The fact that the Coyotes are on home ice will make all the difference though. I’m predicting an exciting Phoenix win at home.
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