RALEIGH, N.C. – Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves for his NHL-leading eighth shutout, and Lee Stempniak and Martin Hanzal each scored twice to help the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 on Saturday night.
Stempniak has four goals in his last two games and five since joining the Coyotes in a trade with Toronto. Adrian Aucoin had two assists.
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.
After scoring twice in regulation and added 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 shovelled it into the net before Peters could slide over.
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.
Hanzal made it 3-0 at 13:50 of the second when the puck deflected off the stick of Carolina defenceman 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 third.
Carolina outshot the Coyotes 29-20 but couldn’t get the puck past Bryzgalov. 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.
NOTES: Carolina forward Brandon Sutter missed the game because of a lower-body injury. … The Coyotes will play 10 of their remaining 13 games on the road.