Coyotes 4, Hurricanes 0

Ilya Bryzgalov and the Phoenix Coyotes are making themselves

right at home on the road.

Bryzgalov made 29 saves for his NHL-leading eighth shutout, and

Lee Stempniak and Martin Hanzel each scored twice to help the

Coyotes – who will play 10 of their final 14 games on the road –

beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 on Saturday night.

“Just a solid road game,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said.

“(Bryzgalov) cleaned up the few chances that we gave up, but other

than that we had a real good group effort.”

Stempniak has four goals in his last two games and five since

joining the Coyotes in a trade with Toronto. Adrian Aucoin had two


Phoenix won its fourth straight and snapped the Hurricanes’ home

winning streak at eight. Justin Peters made 16 saves for Carolina,

13-4-1 in its last 18 games.

“They made the most of the few chances they had and we didn’t

on ours, and that was the end of it,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice


After scoring twice in regulation and adding another in a

shootout in the Coyotes’ 4-3 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night,

Stempniak opened the scoring against the Hurricanes. Phoenix’s

aggressive forecheck gave Stempniak the puck to Peters’ right, and

Stempniak quickly shoveled it into the net before Peters could

slide over.

“(Stempniak’s) fit in very well with our team,” Tippett said.

“He’s a hard-working guy. He likes to play the style that we play

and is getting rewarded around the net with some real good puck

play. He’s been a very positive player for us.”

Stempniak struck again late in the period. With Carolina’s

Jerome Samson in the penalty box for high-sticking, Stempniak

wristed the puck past Peters’ glove. Taylor Pyatt provided an

effective screen on the play.

“I’ve developed some good chemistry with my linemates with

Fiddler and Pyatt,” Stempniak said. “We all play similar games

based on working hard and skating well and getting in on the


Hanzal made it 3-0 at 13:50 of the second when the puck

deflected off the stick of Carolina defenseman Alexandre Picard and

high into the air. When it came down in the slot, Hanzal corralled

it and snapped it past Peters’ blocker.

Hanzal finished the scoring with a one-timer on the rush in the


Carolina outshot the Coyotes 29-20 but couldn’t get the puck

past Bryzgalov.

“He was good and made saves,” Maurice said. “He had a bunch

that he just made a lot easier than they were. He didn’t give any


Bryzgalov stopped Erik Cole on a breakaway in the first and

robbed Rod Brind’Amour with his glove on a two-man Carolina

advantage early in the third.

“Tonight we played very well,” Bryzgalov said. “This is kind

of Coyotes road-game hockey.”

NOTES: Carolina forward Brandon Sutter missed the game because

of a lower-body injury. … Phoenix has killed off 24 of its last

25 penalties.