Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michael Frolik Ends 20-Game Goalless Drought as Flames Double Up Coyotes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Michael Frolik Ends 20-Game Goalless Drought as Flames Double Up Coyotes

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Frolik scores as Flames beat Coyotes 4-2

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CALGARY - Michael Frolik has finally found the back of the net.

The Calgary right-winger ended a 20-game goalless drought and also added an assist Saturday night as the Flames used a strong first period to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2.

Frolik opened the scoring at 6:08 when he whipped his seventh of the season past Louis Domingue on the power play. The Flames held a 4-0 lead by the first intermission.

"Sometimes it's like that. I know the start for me was good and then I kind of couldn't get it in," said Frolik. "I'm happy that it went in today and hopefully it's going to build the confidence a little bit back again."

Frolik contributed early in the year while Flames stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan were slumping. While his goal production has been down lately, that's not the case for his line.

Centre Mikael Backlund, whose team-leading 11th goal made it 4-0 at 15:42, has six goals in a four-game goal streak while left-winger Matthew Tkachuk had an assist to extend his point-streak to six games (one goal, six assists).

"He (Frolik) gives us so much every night," said Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan. "He's a top-rate penalty killer, he's a top-rate 5-on-5 player, he can play against the best players and play in all situations. I was really happy, actually, to see him get rewarded."

Dennis Wideman and Lance Bouma also scored in the first for Calgary (20-17-2), which improved to 4-0 against the Coyotes this season.

Brendan Perlini and Martin Hanzal had goals for Arizona (11-21-5), which has lost seven straight.

"It's just getting to the point where it's embarrassing," said Hanzal. "It's on us. It's on the players. We've got to stick together and start playing desperate, because it's just not desperate enough."

Flames goaltender Brian Elliott finished with 27 saves and has won his last four starts after going over seven weeks without a win. …

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