The Flames beat the Coyotes 9-1 after making the playoffs

CALGARY, Alberta ( Associated Press) — Johnny Goudreau and Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and two assists as the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 9-1 on Saturday night after securing a playoff spot before the game started.

Edmonton closed out Pacific Division leading Calgary in the post-season, beating Vegas 4–0 earlier in the day.

The Flames, 46–20–9 and sitting atop the Pacific Division, became the third Western Conference club to earn a playoff berth, after Colorado and St.

“It’s really difficult to make the playoffs,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “Only half the teams in the league do that. We have made it to the playoffs with two weeks left in the season.”

Dillon Dube also scored twice and Elias Lindholm scored one goal and three assists. Andrew Mangiapen and Blake Coleman added goals and Jacob Markstrom blocked 25 shots.

Arizona took a 1–0 lead after the first period on a first-minute goal from Nick Ritchie. The Flames opened it with four goals in the span of 2:33 at the start of the second.

“We had a good first period, then he made a push in the second where he scored four goals on four shots,” said Coyotes coach Andre Tourigne. “We were out of it, and I think we had a hard time getting back.”

It was the second-fastest four-goal in Flames franchise history, behind a gap of only 1:21 against San Jose on February 10, 1993.


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