Tanev Has His Fingerprints All Over Flames Win In Arizona

Chris Tanev had himself a night as the Calgary Flames took on the Arizona Coyotes earlier tonight. The Yotes just took down the Colorado Avalanche’s home win streak in a shootout last night but Calgary did their best to not let that confidence show against them.

The Flames absolutely peppered Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka in the first period. In those 20 minutes alone, the team put up 26 shots and scored 2 goals – the first from Blake Coleman just 2:58 into the game and the other from Elias Lindholm with 10 seconds to go in the period.

In the middle of those two, Alex Galchenyuk got his 2nd goal in as many games. Once again, I can’t be mad, you go Alex.

Into the second period with the Flames leading 2-1, Clayton Keller tied things up again just 4 minutes in. But fear not Flames fans because Chris Tanev was on his A-Game tonight. Tanev came back and got the Flames the lead with 5 minutes to go in the period.

The Coyotes formulated no answer for the remainder of the game. Blake Coleman scored his second of the night (Chris Tanev collected his 4th point on his assist here) with 8 minutes to go and the Flames won this one 4-2.

That was Chris Tanev’s first-ever 4 point night, he finished with one goal – the GWG no less – and 3 assists, one on every goal scored by the Flames. He was also awarded 1st Star for his efforts. Maybe it’s something about that Arizona air that just boosts Tanev up. He only had 13 points on the season before tonight, 2 of those goals and 8 assists. He’s not a big points guy but he books a lot of minutes and blocks a lot of shots, it’s nice to see him get so much love.

The Flames themselves put up a lot of shots again tonight – 50 by the final buzzer. Sportscenter tweeted that they have put up 308 shots on net in their last 7 games alone. That makes sense when you look at the final score of their recent games.

They, like Colorado, are heading into the All-Star Brek now so they’ll have some time to rest up. I think this was a great game to end on because they didn’t just have their top guys scoring, it was a mix of everyone helping out. That’s something they’ve had a little less of recently – a lot of goals have come from Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, and Andrew Mangiapane. It’s nice to see them get some help in their last game before the break. Now the Flames’ next game will be against Vegas on February 9th.

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