GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tuomo Ruutu scored twice, and Sergei Samsonov added a goal and three assists to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat Phoenix 7-2 on Saturday night, the Coyotes’ sixth straight loss.
Eric Staal, who was a game-time decision because of a lower-body injury, and Matt Cullen, Chad LaRose and Patrick Eaves also scored for Carolina.
Carolina’s sixth win in eight games since dropping five straight lifted the Hurricanes past Florida into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Steven Goertzen scored his first career goal, and Shane Doan also scored for the Coyotes, who have lost six straight games in regulation for the first time since a 10-game losing streak in 1993-94 as the Winnipeg Jets. Phoenix’s losing streak is its longest since dropping six in a row February 7-19, 2007.
Cullen snapped a 2-2 tie at 15:10 of the second period when he was left alone between the circles and one-timed Samsonov’s pass from the left wing past Ilya Bryzgalov for the Hurricanes’ third power-play goal in four chances.
Ruutu’s second goal, a redirection off the base of the right post, gave Carolina a 4-2 lead with 53 seconds left in the second period. Eaves added an insurance goal 3:42 into the third against Mikael Tellqvist, who replaced Bryzgalov at the start of the period, and Samsonov made it 6-2 on a wrist shot with 10:10 to go.
LaRose capped the scoring with a short-handed breakaway with 2:23 left.
Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 29 shots through two periods en route to his sixth consecutive loss and seventh in his past eight starts.
Ruutu needed 62 seconds to open the scoring, bouncing a shot from the left off a skate in front of the crease and past Bryzgalov. Goertzen tied the game at 6:37 of the period, corralling the puck at the top left corner of the crease after Jeff Hoggan broke his stick attempting a shot from the bottom of the right circle.
Staal put Carolina ahead 2-1 at 2:03 of the second, pulling the puck from his backhand to his forehand and slipping a shot between Bryzgalov’s pads. Doan tied the game at 2-2 at 9:42 with a power-play goal after Carolina’s Ryan Bayda slipped and fell along the near boards before he could clear the puck.
Notes: Samsonov’s four-point game was the Hurricanes’ first this season. … Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. … Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal and left wing Daniel Carcillo both left the game in the second period with undisclosed injuries and did not return. … Newly acquired Jussi Jokinen made his Hurricanes debut and had an assist. … Tellqvist allowed three goals on 12 shots. … Doan’s goal was his 600th career point. It also was his 248th career goal, tying him with Paul MacLean for fourth place in franchise history. … Phoenix defenceman David Schlemko assisted on Doan’s goal for his first career point.