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
“(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
“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