GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shean Donovan has become the Calgary
Flames' penalty-shot specialist.
Donovan scored on a penalty shot with 2:08 remaining, his second
successful attempt in two months, to give the Flames a 2-1 victory
over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Donovan was awarded the penalty shot after he was pulled down
from behind by Phoenix defenseman Ossi Vaananen, who had slipped
and lost the puck to the Calgary forward.
"We got what we deserved," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "I
looked at it numerous times on the replay. He jumped. He added a
little flavor to it, there's no doubt about that. He got the shot
off. There's pros and cons, but I'm not concerned about the call
right now. I've got more to be concerned with."
Donovan skated slowly toward the crease, faked a shot to his
backhand to draw goalie Sean Burke to the ice, pulled the puck back
across his body and slipped it into the right side of the net for
his 16th goal of the season. Donovan also scored on a penalty shot
Dec. 2 against San Jose.
"I had something in mind and tried it, but if he didn't bite I
was in trouble," Donovan said. "I just rushed into it and went
blank. It's pretty easy for my mind to go blank."
Jarome Iginla added his team-leading 19th goal to help the
Flames beat the Coyotes for the third straight time.
Phoenix was held to a season-low 12 shots on goal, with only
Daymond Langkow beating goalie Roman Turek. Burke made 32 saves in
the losing effort.
"When you get an effort like that from your goaltender you have
to try and find a way to win the game," said Shane Doan, the
Coyotes' captain. "That was an amazing effort. It's just
unacceptable the way that we play."
Iginla tied it on a broken play with 1:02 left in the second
period. Burke skated behind the net to clear the puck, but instead
put on Iginla's stick in the right corner. Iginla raced Burke to
the open net and guided a backhand shot between a Burke's pads.
Langkow opened the scoring at 12:08 of the first following a
scrum along the left boards. Fredrik Sjostrom managed to push the
puck to Langkow, who bounced a long wrist shot off Roman Turek's
right pad and into the net for his 14th goal.
"He'd like that one back," said Iginla, who skated to the
crease and talked to Turek after the goal. "I know that. We all
want our mistakes back as players."
Joe Mullen holds the Flames' franchise record with three
successful penalty shots during the 1986-87 season. ... Colorado's
Milan Hejduk also has scored twice this season on penalty shots --
Jan. 11 at Chicago and Jan. 19 in overtime at Tampa Bay. ... For
the second consecutive game, the Coyotes matched a season low with
two second-period shots on goal. Phoenix has 26 shots on goal in
its last two games. ... Phoenix's Tyson Nash provided a defensive
highlight when he checked Krzysztof Oliwa over the boards and
upside down into the Flames' bench early in the second period. ...
Phoenix goalie Brian Boucher was honored before the game for his
NHL-record five consecutive shutouts.
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Arena: Gila River Arena Location: Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Michael McGeough, Brad Meier Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Lyle Seitz
Attendance: 12,067 (70.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Daymond Langkow (14)
Assists: Fredrik Sjostrom, Shane Doan