Coyotes Road Trip: Hello, Canada!

Fanster.comCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2008

The Coyotes are on a roll and are taking their stellar play north of the border. There won’t be any welcoming arms for this rolling team in any of the next four cites.

The Coyotes are coming into Calgary with a 13-8 record on the road. They have lost the last five meetings against the Flames and are trying to break that record tonight at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

The first period started dry for the Coyotes. They committed three minor penalties but the Calgary Flames failed to capitalize. The Flames committed just one minor, and (like their counterparts) the Coyotes failed to score.

The second period was a different story. Kiprusoff, of the Flames, gave up three goals in the period: scored by Daniel Winnik, Joel Perrault and Keith Yandle. Yandle put it through later in the period during a power play after the Coyotes found themselves in a 5-on-3 mismatch and failed to capitalize. His goal put them up for good.

The Flames did not go down without a fight. The complacent Coyotes came out in the third period and were met by a determined Flames offense that started the period on a 8-0 shot-on-goal run. Even with the tenacity and new-found energy, the Flames gave to little too late. Although they did score the only goal of the third period on a shot by Robyn Regehr, they still fell short.

The Coyotes beat the Flames 3-1 and improve the record book. They are now 17-1 when they lead after 2 periods. They have won their 6th straight road game and coast to a respectable 14-8 record. Goalie, Ilya Brygalov, improves to 14-11-1 on the year and is on track to win 30 games for the first time in his career.

The Coyotes are on a roll but cannot stop now. Their next three are on the road; two in Canada and one in Minnesota where they are 0-6 in their last six games against the Wild. Backstrom, of the Wild, is nothing but a brick wall when it comes to the shot offerings by the Coyotes.

If the Coyotes win their next three games on the road, they will be on an 8-game winning streak coming home on the 15th of January against the San Jose Sharks. Currently, they are just two points out of the 8th place playoff spot held by Colorado. As for now, the Coyotes can enjoy five straight and moving into tenth place after a Columbus loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Written By Kyle Mihalek