In a somewhat sloppy game that saw a combined total of 18 minor penalties, the Phoenix Coyotes rounded out their early season road trip with a third straight win, taking six out of a possible 10 points.
The Coyotes once again opened the scoring, with Mikkel Boedker tallying his second goal of the season, with help from captain Shane Doan and Derek Morris on the power play at 4:59 of the first period. The lead would hold until late in the opening frame when Eric Staal put one past netminder Mike Smith after a strange bounce off the glass on a Coyotes clearing attempt.
After a Riley Nash deflection put the Canes up 2-1 in the second, the Coyotes responded 90 seconds later with Rob Klinkhammer bashing the puck past Anton Khudobin after a strong effort in the crease. Khudobin would leave the game shortly after, injuring himself coming out to play the puck, and the Coyotes gave Cam Ward a rough welcome at 15:58 when Lauri Korpikoski tallied his first of the season on a nifty feed from Mike Ribeiro. Penalties would continue to haunt the Desert Dogs however, and Jeff Skinner evened the score at three with less than a minute to go in the second after Radim Vrbata went to the box for tripping.
The Coyotes wasted no time in the third period, with Klinkhammer scoring his second of the game just 22 seconds into the period. While penalties continued to plague the Coyotes through the third, Doan would put the icing on the cake at the 7:11 mark on the power play with his first goal of the season.
- The Coyotes fourth line once again contributed in a big way, with Klinkhammer netting two goals and Paul Bissonnette and Tim Kennedy each notching an assist.
- Speaking of Bissonnette, he's riding a two-game point streak after an assist Friday night in Philly.
- Antoine Vermette continues to own the faceoff circle, winning 67% of his draws on Sunday afternoon. Ribeiro also rang up an impressive 67% win rate in the circle.
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson continues to play all the minutes: led all Coyotes with 25:41.
- Shane Doan picked up his first point and first goal of the season. Mike Smith also notched an assist on Klinkhammer's game winner.
- Martin Hanzal took three separate minor penalties - two of them in the offensive zone - and won just 43% of his draws. Ouch.
Our Three Stars of the Game
- Rob Klinkhammer: The hard-working winger scored the game winner in his first career multi-goal game in the NHL.
- Shane Doan: The Captain picked a good time to open his season's scoring, the only Coyote with more than one point on the day.
- Mike Smith: Stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced and even racked up an assist on the game winning goal. Now that's contribution.
The Coyotes return home to face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, October 15. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona.