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The Calgary Flames snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Coyotes
By Ryan Pike1 month ago
If there are two things the assembled media learned following the Calgary Flames’ 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes, it’s that Blake Coleman knows most of the words to Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Roar” and that he knows exactly how many times he’s reached the 20 goal mark in the National Hockey League.
Oh, and he’s got a pretty good singing voice.
On a game where good scoring opportunities were at a premium for both clubs, the Flames turned what could have otherwise been a disappointing loss to a conference rival into their fourth win in a row – and seventh in 10 games since Christmas – when they roared back with a third period comeback, sparked by Coleman’s 20th goal of the season.
Coleman’s goal song, to this point in his tenure with the Flames, had been the 1966 Lee Dorsey hit “Working in the Coal Mine.”
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But during the recent dads and mentors road trip, Coleman’s father, Rusty, referred to his son boisterously as “The Texas Tiger” during a pre-game lineup read in the Flames’ locker room prior to their game in Arizona. And combining that new nickname with Coleman reaching the 20 goal mark for the third time in the NHL, it appears that the Saddledome’s game ops team upgraded Coleman to a more contemporary goal song.
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After the joking about his new anthem died down, Coleman admitted that the Flames weren’t at their best against the Coyotes.
“I think I speak for a lot of us when I say we didn’t have it tonight, at all,” said Coleman. “Energy-wise it just wasn’t there. Vladdy gave us a chance to hang around. It’s a big game, it’s a team we’re fighting with for points to claw into that wild card picture. We talked about it in between periods, we just couldn’t let this slip away no matter how it felt.”
Down 2-0 just 6:37 into the third period, the Flames managed to find some energy and got a pair of goals in rapid succession. Coleman and Nazem Kadri scored 63 seconds apart, and Yegor Sharangovich scored on the power play with 17 seconds remaining in overtime to earn the Flames the extra point.
Flames head coach Ryan Huska reflected on how the game turned when speaking to the media following the contest.
“There was nothing going on the first two periods and sometimes those are hard games to play because players sometimes have a tendency to get frustrated in those situations, when it’s not coming easy and they try to do too much,” said Huska. “We haven’t had a lot of success in games like that because we have gotten ourselves frustrated and we haven’t stuck with it. But tonight we did, and whether you’re down a goal or two, we’ve shown we can come back. It was not a pretty night by any stretch of the imagination, but two points is two points.”
“Good teams find ways to win on night where you don’t have it, and we did that tonight,” said Coleman.
The Flames continue their homestand on Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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