With a well balanced attack the Phoenix Coyotes extinguished the visiting Calgary Flames 6-0 on Tuesday night. Coyotes second string goalie Thomas Greiss was perfect in the cage and six different Coyotes scored. It was the Coyotes first shutout of the season and the second of Greiss' career.
“He's (Greiss) unbelievable,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said. “We're so fortunate to have two great goalies.”
The win improved the Coyotes' season tally to 21-12-9 and they are now 2-2 during their current six-game home stand. The Coyotes scoring outburst tied a season high. Phoenix also scored six-goals on December 12 against the New York Islanders.
“We got puck luck there a little bit so don't get carried away on the score,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “There's a lot more work to be done here.”
After a scoreless opening period Phoenix exploded.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan broke up the stalemate in the second period as he scored his first goal since December 2. Doan missed 12-games with Rocky Mountain Fever symptoms and Tuesday night was his second game back in the lineup. It was Doan's 13th goal of the season and despite the extended layoff he is the Coyotes leading scorer.
“Might have been a little fortunate on that one,” Doan said. “I don't know if that's exactly how they drew it up but I'll take it and hopefully it'll get me rolling.”
Doan's goal was one of three that Phoenix scored in the second period. Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker also scored and after two-periods Phoenix held a 3-0 lead.
The offensive onslaught continued in the third period as Phoenix scored three more goals. Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Stone and Rob Klinkhammer all scored a goal each.
The Coyotes home stand continues as they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, January 9. Phoenix knocked off the Wild 3-1 in their previous meeting on November 27 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The rematch is at the Coyotes' den and the puck is scheduled to drop at 6 p.m. (MT)
Despite it being early in the season the Coyotes realize that any game against a Western Conference opponent is a chance to garner so much needed points and improve their status in the standings.
“It's going to be a big one,” Doan said. “That's one that you look at where you're at in the standings and you look at the team that they have. You have to find ways to get points. We're at home right now and we have to find ways to get points.”