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Turek shutout lets Calgary snap short skid

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- With Jarome Iginla on the ice, Calgary
didn't need its missing forwards.

Iginla scored his 39th goal, Roman Turek earned his second
straight shutout and the Flames snapped a two-game skid by beating
the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Wednesday night.

Iginla, who also had an assist, is tied with
Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk and Columbus' Rick Nash for the NHL lead in goals. But he was focused on the sixth-place Flames' race for the playoffs.

"It's hard not to watch the other teams on the scoreboard,"
Iginla said. "But we realize that's a huge win, a huge step toward
the playoffs. It makes it closer now. We've just got to finish
it."

The Flames played without forwards Krzysztof Oliwa, who drew a
three-game suspension, Chris Simon and Dean McAmmond.

Simon began a two-game suspension for kneeing Sergei Zubov of
Dallas on Monday night, and McAmmond was scratched because of
injury.

But it never slowed Calgary's production.

Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist, Marcus Nilson and Martin Gelinas added goals, and Denis Gauthier had two assists for the
Flames.

Turek, who beat St. Louis 3-0 in his last start on March 14,
made 22 saves.

"I played the last game against St. Louis, and that was a big
game for us, and now another big game, because we lost two games in
a row and we needed the points," Turek said. "So I was ready. But
it's a little bit difficult situation if you don't play every
night."

Brent Johnson stopped 27 shots for the Coyotes, who beat
Minnesota in overtime Monday to snap the third-longest winless
streak in franchise history at 15 games. They are 1-9-4-3 in their
last 17.

The Coyotes took 12 shots in the first period, then fizzled with
two in the second.

"We got away from our game," captain Shane Doan said. "We
played solid in the first with energy and skated hard."

Calgary coach and general manager Darryl Sutter completed his
two-game suspension for his part in a brawl Saturday against
Nashville, which included sending enforcer Oliwa onto the ice in
the final seconds of a 3-1 loss.

The Flames took the fight out of the Coyotes by scoring twice in
the first 3:45 of the third period to take a 4-0 lead.

Iginla's speed figured in his goal 41 seconds in. He got the
puck from Conroy after a faceoff, raced through the neutral zone,
squeezed between defenseman Radoslav Suchy and the boards, and
turned up in the circle for an open shot that went in off Johnson's
stick.

"When your best players are your best players, it gives you a
chance to win," Calgary assistant coach Jim Playfair said.
"That's what we had to have."

Gelinas added a power-play goal 3:04 later after officials
decided that his glove deflection of a slap shot by Gauthier was
low enough to count.

"We were right there with them," Coyotes coach Rick Bowness
said. "The third period unfortunately starts out with that bad
Iginla goal and that crazy fourth goal."

Nilson beat Johnson with a one-timer in the slot with 8:49 left
in the first period.

Calgary only managed one shot during a four-minute power play
early in the second -- served by Krys Kolanos for high-sticking
Conroy, who was forced to seek attention for an eye injury in the
dressing room.

But Conroy was back on the ice shortly after, and he made it 2-0
with 9:09 left in the second when he wristed a shot over Johnson's
left shoulder. The sequence began when Gauthier fielded a long
rebound of a shot by Doan and passed it to Iginla on the right
wing.

Conroy faded toward the opposite circle, and Iginla sent him an
accurate crossing pass.

Game notes
Nilson has five goals in nine games with the Flames after
scoring six in 69 with the Panthers. ... Iginla, a 52-goal scorer
two seasons ago, is one away from his second 40-goal season. ...
Phoenix, 3-17-5-4 in its last 29, has not won a home game since
Feb. 20 against Columbus.