The Phoenix Coyotes, led by forward Mike Ribeiro's two goals, extinguished the visiting Calgary Flames 4-2 on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena. Ribeiro has been on fire lately and has points in each of his last seven games.
“He (Ribeiro) likes to have an effect on the game...,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “He's not your typical looking hockey player but he's really competitive and he finds ways to have an effect on the game.”
At 8:16 in the opening period the Flames Shane O'Brien made his way to the penalty box for holding the stick of the Coyotes Paul Bissonnette. 25-seconds later Phoenix forward Keith Yandle dished out a perfect cross ice pass to Radim Vrbata. With half of the Calgary net open Vrbata blasted a wrist shot and easily scored. It was Vrbata's fifth goal of the season and the 200th of his career.
Ribeiro kept his hot streak going. At 10:19 in the second period Ribeiro tipped in a Mikkel Boedker shot and gave Phoenix a 2-0 advantage. It was Ribeiro's fourth goal of the season.
With time dwindling away in the second period Calgary forward Lee Stempniak scored off a rebound and cut the Coyotes lead to 2-1. Kris Russell and TJ Galiardi each received an assist for Stempniak's third goal of the season.
Three-minutes into the third period the Flames tied up the game at 2-2 on Joe Colborne's first goal of the season. The tie score was short lived.
Less than three-minutes later Coyotes forward Ribeiro took a cross ice pass from Keith Yandle and scored his second goal of the night. Ribeiro's fifth goal of the season gave Phoenix a 3-2 lead at the 5:47 mark.
With six-seconds left in the game Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer scored an empty net goal. It was Klinkhammer's fourth goal of the season.
“The most important thing is that we were able to grab big points here,” Ribeiro said. “It's not an easy team (Calgary Flames) They make you skate 200 feet all the time .They chip it in and your back behind your net and you have to go all the way back. We stood together and played a strong game.”
The win improved the Coyotes record to 6-2-2 and they are tied for second place in the Pacific Division. The Desert Dogs head to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Thursday, October 24th. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. (PT) at the Staples Center.