Line Brawl Erupts Between Flames And Coyotes, Goalies Included
- Capping off what was a traumatic week for the Calgary Flames, the team finally displayed a considerable amount of emotion on the ice as well.
- It was during their first stop tempers flared late in the second period when Gaudreau had had enough in a game being led 2-0 by the hosts.
- Elbowed and later dumped behind the net by Jason Demers, the frustrated winger cross checked Demers to the ice.
- Whistled for the retaliation, Gaudreau decided to give the fallen Demers another soft crosscheck while face down, opening the door for Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper to do what most players the NHL dream of: mug Matthew Tkachuk.
- Kuemper tackled Tkachuk from behind and slammed him to the ice, prompting a melee with 11.4 seconds left in the middle frame.
- Mark Giordano and Rasmus Andersson took turns trying to get ahold of Kuemper as David Rittich raced down ice to do the same.
- Alas, Tkachuk got his hands back on the maskless goalie and fed him two punches to the face before sanity prevailed and Rittich was escorted back to his end.
- The exchange left the Flames shorthanded to start the third period. One minute into the third a Travis Hamonic shot while penalty killing beat Kuemper but hit the post.
- It was as close as the Flames would come to mounting another one of their comebacks, to no avail.
Kuemper, Coyotes shut out Flames
- Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves in the Arizona Coyotes’ 3-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Gila River Arena on Saturday.
- Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes (12-7-2), who have won three of four games after going winless in three straight (0-2-1).
“You frustrate teams when you get in people’s faces and you have quick sticks and you’re on top of people,” Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. “That’s the way we have to play. That was a nice win for us.”
- David Rittich made 22 saves for the Flames (10-9-3), who are 0-2-1 in their past three.
- A Rittich turnover led to the Coyotes’ first goal. The goalie’s clearing attempt hit Coyotes center Derek Stepan in the chest, and Stepan put a wrist shot into an open net for a 1-0 lead at 6:35 of the second.
“This game is on me, and I apologized for it,” Rittich said. “I have to figure out what I did, and it can’t happen the next time. This game is about mistakes, and I did about the worst one you can do.”
NHL Highlights | Coyotes vs Flames – Nov. 16, 2019
- Calgary played its first game without defenseman TJ Brodie, who is out indefinitely following a medical episode at practice Thursday.
- Brodie collapsed during a drill, started convulsing and was removed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital, where he had tests before being released later that day. …
- Arizona played the first of seven Pacific Division games in an eight-game span. …
- It was Crouse’s first multipoint game of the season. …
- The Coyotes are 12-5-2 in their past 19 games after starting the season 0-2-0.
- Eight-year-old cancer fighter Leighton Accardo dropped the first puck
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; ARI Coyotes, CAL Flames
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