Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Rob Klinkhammer scored two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period, to carry the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday at PNC Arena.
Mike Smith stopped 31 shots for his third win this season as the Coyotes (4-2-0) capped a five-game road trip with a third straight victory. The Coyotes also got goals from Mikkel Boedker, Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan.
The win marked the third in a row for Phoenix, which completed a five-game road trip. Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 31 shots for his third win of the season.
Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, who dropped to 2-2-2 following their second straight defeat.
Anton Khudobin stopped 18 of 20 shots before he left the game in the middle of the second period with a lower-body injury. Cam Ward replaced him and swatted nine of 12 shots.
Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu was activated for the game after missing the first five games of the season with a lower-body injury. He finished with two shots on goal.
With the score tied 1-1 entering the second period, the Hurricanes took the lead on Nash’s tip of a Ryan Murphy shot from the point.
The Coyotes answered when Klinkhammer whacked away at a loose puck in the crease until finally sliding it under Khudobin to tie the game at two.
Moments later, Khudobin left the game after taking an awkward spill. He came out to play a dump-in in the top of the left circle, but fell to his knees.
After making his way back to the crease, he signaled the bench for help, needing assistance to skate off the ice on one leg.
Phoenix took a 3-2 lead at the 15:58 mark of the period when Korpikoski riffled a one-timer past Ward on a feed from Mike Ribeiro. The Hurricanes then drew even on the power play when Jeff Skinner roofed a shot from the right of the net to beat Smith.
Early in the third, Klinkhammer gathered the puck on the boards in his own end, raced up the right side and beat Ward to the short side for the game winner.
Doan added a power-play goal, giving him a two-point game after being held off the score sheet in his previous five.