Not a bad game. Not a good one either. The Flames began well, spending the first three shifts in the Coyotes zone, but seemed to gradually fall into a state of malaise after that. By the time the third rolled around, the Coyotes were clogging the neutral zone as if Lemaire himself was in the building while the Flames to a man seemed to be sleep-walking around the rink. The poor ice conditions didn’t help much either.
Bourque's debut on the top line was uneventful. There was a couple of instances where he helped keep the play alive in the offensive zone, but there were several others where the unit ended up corralled in the defensive end (as has been their custom most nights, no matter who the left winger might be). Despite being matched up against the combined might of Hanzal, Vrbata and Lepisto (who?), Iginla et al couldn't dent the scoresheet (although they did outchance the bad guys).
Moss continued his recent good play however, scoring the only Flames goal of the evening. No Calgary forward saw more of Shane Doan than Moss did and he ended up positive almost across the board, which is a pretty decent nights work all things considered.
Overall, The Coyotes played their ideal game while the Flames were mediocre; a disappointing way to follow-up their best game of the year in Nashville to be sure. It goes without saying that they'll have to be markedly better in San Jose tomorrow.
by Kent Wilson