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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Carolina



(Saturday, March 13th)

Final Score: Phoenix 4, Carolina 0

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves to record his NHL- leading eighth shutout, and the Phoenix Coyotes won their fourth straight game with a 4-0 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Lee Stempniak and Martin Hanzal each scored a pair of goals for the Coyotes, who began a four-game road trip on a winning note. Adrian Aucoin netted a pair of assists in the victory, which is Phoenix's 41st of the season. It marks the most wins the team has had in a single season since moving from Winnipeg in 1996.

"I thought we played a solid road game," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. "Bryzgalov made some really timely saves, and I thought we capitalized on some opportunities. We were able to push the lead along every period."

Stempniak continued to provide a spark since being acquired by Phoenix from Toronto at the trade deadline. The Coyotes are 4-0-0 with him in the lineup, and Stepmniak has five goals in that span, including consecutive multi-goal contests.

Justin Peters allowed all four goals on only 20 shots in the defeat, only Carolina's third in 12 games.

Stempniak's goal four minutes into the game proved to be all Phoenix needed. He caught a loose puck by the left post after several players battled behind the net and stuffed it past Peters before the netminder located the disc.

Exactly 12 minutes after the first goal, Stempniak netted a power-play marker when he took a feed at the top of the left circle, skated to the slot and fired a wrister past Peters.

Bryzgalov made nine saves in the first, and Hanzal made it 3-0 at the 13:50 mark of the second. Shane Doan's pass toward the middle caught a stick and was deflected high into the air; Hanzal settled it right in front of the crease and fired it past Peters.

"We got a bad break on the third (goal) off the stick that kind of came out of nowhere, and that wasn't happening for us," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice. "In some of our better chances we just couldn't finish."

Carolina's best chance to score came early in the third on a 5-on-3 opportunity, but Bryzgalov made several spectacular glove saves to keep his whitewash intact. Hanzal's accurate one-timer to the lower right corner immediately following the successful penalty kill made it 4-0 to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Carolina had swept the season series in 2008-09, 2-0...Phoenix finishes its schedule with 10 out of 14 games on the road...Stempniak had only 14 goals in 62 games with the Leafs this season and has a five-game point streak...Hanzal had his first multi-goal game of the season...Bryzgalov's eight shutouts are a single-season career-high. He has 16 for his career.

03/13 22:42:22 ET


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