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Flames' win streak at 6 games with 5-2 win over Coyotes

Sean Monahan scored for the fourth straight game, Cam Talbot stopped 46 shots and the Calgary Flames extended their winning streak to six straight games under interim coach Geoff Ward with a 5-2 win over the listless Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Calgary played the night before, but had the early jump, scoring two goals on its first four shots in the opening 4:03. The Flames kept on scoring, improving to 7-0-1 their past games games following a six-game winless streak (0-5-1).

Michael Frolik and Zac Rinaldo each had a goal and an assist. Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic also scored for Calgary.

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

The Coyotes had numerous good chances jump over their sticks before Jakob Chychrun scored in the closing seconds of the second period. Phil Kessel scored in the game's final minute and Antti Raanta allowed five goals on 29 shots, but didn't get much help from Arizona's defense.

Calgary had a big shakeup on Nov. 29, when Bill Peters resigned after it was disclosed he abused former players while coaching in Carolina and the minors.

The change in leadership has done nothing to slow the Flames, who won their fifth straight under Ward with a 5-4 overtime victory over Colorado on Monday night.

Calgary Flames right wing Michael Frolik, left, celebrates his goal with Flames center Zac Rinaldo (36) as Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle (82) skates past during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

The Coyotes had been nearly as good, returning to the desert after a 3-1 road trip moved them into a tie with Edmonton atop the Pacific Division.

Arizona had to rally from a two-goal deficit to beat the Blackhawks in its previous game and found itself in a similar hole Tuesday night.

The Coyotes appeared to have an early goal, but Michael Grabner's shot hit inside of the post and bounced out.

Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan (21) has his shot stopped by Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm (28) as Lindholm helps out Flames goaltender Cam Talbot (39) while Coyotes center Christian Dvorak (18) and Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) look on during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Frolik scored on the ensuing rush after an Arizona breakdown, taking a pass from Rinaldo, faking a shot, then beating Raanta with a backhander. Gaudreau scored two minutes later with a slap shot from the left circle when Raanta was screened by his own man after a face-off.

Rinaldo made it 3-0 early in the third period, beating Raanta stick side with a one-timer from Frolik from the slot. Another Arizona breakdown, another Calgary goal, this one late in the second period when Monahan skated in alone and beat Raanta with a wrist shot from the left circle. Monahan has five goals with three assists during a seven-game point streak.

The Coyotes, after numerous failed scoring chances and bouncing pucks, finally beat Talbot with 10.6 seconds left in the second period on a wrist shot by Chychrun from the left circle.

Calgary Flames center Dillon Dube (29) tries to control the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Lucic put the game out of reach in the third period, redirecting a shot by Rasmus Andersson past Raanta.

Notes: Arizona C Clayton Keller played his 200th NHL game. ... Flames LW Matthew Tkachuk did not play after suffering an upper-body injury against Colorado. ... Coyotes D Niklas Hjalmarsson has started skating and could return soon from a broken leg.

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Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55), center Mikael Backlund (11), and center Dillon Dube (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

The Flames host Toronto on Thursday.

The Coyotes host Chicago on Thursday.

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Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) kicks the puck as Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) helps out Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) reaches out for the puck as Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson (4) applies pressure during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) makes a save on a shot but gets some help from Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)

Calgary Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington (58) collides into the net with Flames goaltender David Rittich, middle, after a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Vinnie Hinostroza (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Flames 3-0. (AP PhotoRoss D. Franklin)