Final

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Calgary leads 4-0

Game 1: Tuesday, January 27th
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Game 2: Sunday, February 29th
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Game 3: Wednesday, March 24th
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Game 4: Wednesday, March 31st
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Flames 2

(25-17-3, 57 pts)

Coyotes 1

(18-16-2, 51 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 27, 2004

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

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CGY 0 1 12
ARI 1 0 01

Top Skaters

Calgary: S. Donovan - 1 G, 4 SOG, +1

Arizona: D. Langkow - 1 G, 2 SOG, +1

Donovan hits second penalty shot of season

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."

Game notes


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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