The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Friday night, snapping a 10-game road streak of winless games. The game was tied at 1 early in the third period when veteran Coyotes center Antoine Vermette scored on a power play.
Another veteran, Brad Richardson, put a Shane Doan rebound past Flames goalie Joni Ortio with under six minutes remaining. Richardson then scored an empty-netter in the waning minutes to clinch the much-needed victory.
Young Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue was impressive with 24 saves and a 0.96 save percentage. Doan’s two assists put him at 41 points for the year, his 14th season with at least 40. He needs seven more assists to become the team’s all-time leader in that category.
Defenseman Dennis Wideman made his return after an arbitrator on Friday cut his 20-game suspension in half for injuring linesman Don Henderson. Wideman, who missed 19 games, says he wasn’t trying to hurt the ref. He expressed a hope for Henderson’s full recovery and said, “I still maintain that it was completely accidental and I had no intent on hitting Donnie at all.”
The Coyotes travel to Edmonton tonight to play the Oilers in an 8 p.m. MST start.