Coyotes beat Thrashers in shootout
By GEORGE HENRY
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — Adrian Aucoin scored the shootout winner, Lee Stempniak had his sixth goal in five games with Phoenix, and the Coyotes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory Sunday.
Phoenix has won 13 of its last 17 games. After setting a Coyotes single-season record with a 4-0 win Saturday at Carolina, Phoenix has 42 victories, one away from tying the franchise mark set by Winnipeg in 1984-85 — when overtime ties were not broken in shootouts. Atlanta has lost six straight, including four at home.
Stempniak, acquired in a March 3 trade with Toronto, put Phoenix ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal midway through the third period.
Maxim Afinogenov and Nik Antropov scored power-play goals for Atlanta in the third.
Matthew Lombardi scored his 15th goal when his skate redirected Keith Yandle’s wrist shot past Ondrej Pavelec for a 1-0 lead 5:14 into the second.
Aucoin was the fourth Coyotes skater in the shootout.
Jason LaBarbera stopped 39 of 41 shots to improve to 6-4-1 for Phoenix. Pavelec dropped to 12-17-5 after making 32 saves.
Phoenix, playing in Atlanta for the first time since 2007, improved to 11-1-1 against the Thrashers, 5-1-0 at Philips Arena.
NOTES: Atlanta D Zach Bogosian, who suffered a hand injury in a loss Friday to the New York Rangers, missed his first game this season. … Yandle assisted on both goals. … F Radim Vrbata, who leads Phoenix with 21 goals, has one goal and one assist over his last seven games. … Coyotes C Robert Lang, who left the Carolina game with a lower-body injury, did not play.