The Phoenix Coyotes topped the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 Sunday at PNC Arena in a penalty-filled game in which Canes starting goaltender Anton Khudobin suffered a lower-body injury and had to be helped off the ice.
The Coyotes took a 4-3 lead in the first minute of the third. Rob Klinkhammer scored his second of the game, turning a Canes defensive mistake into an odd-man rush. Shane Doan made it 5-3 later in the third for the Coyotes (4-2-0).
Jeff Skinner’s power-play score late in the second gave the Canes a 3-3 tie, and the Canes (2-2-2) came within a few inches of taking a 4-3 lead just before the period ended.
A bigger concern for the Canes was the health of Khudobin, who was injured in the second period. Khudobin came well out of the net to try and play the puck, but appeared to catch an edge and fell awkwardly with 10:08 left in the period. Cam Ward quickly warmed up and entered a 2-2 game.
Lauri Korpikoski scored to push the Coyotes ahead 3-2, but Skinner took a pass from Nathan Gerbe from behind the net and rifled a shot that hit goalie Mike Smith’s mask and then nicked the crossbar for a 3-3 tie with 57 seconds left in the second.
In the final seconds of the second, Jordan Staal appeared to have scored on another high shot. But the puck hit the crossbar and fell straight down, just short of the goal line.
Riley Nash scored his first of the season early in the second, tipping a Ryan Murphy shot past Smith for a 2-1 lead. Klinkhammer countered for the Coyotes for a 2-2 tie, whacking in a rebound during a scrum in front of the crease.
Eric Staal scored in the first, which ended 1-1, taking advantage of a fortunate bounce with 4:53 left. Zbynek Michalek’s attempted clear took a sideways carom off the glass and the puck landed in the low slot, where Staal reeled it in and backhanded a shot past Smith.
The Coyotes, ending a five-game road trip, were the quicker, fresher team much of the first. Phoenix took a 1-0 lead on Mikkel Boedker’s power-play goal early in the game after the Canes’ Alexander Semin was called for hooking. Boedker followed up a shot by Derek Morris that hit the post for his second of the season.
The Canes, sluggish in the early going, did not have a shot on goal until Justin Faulk’s outside attempt with 13:25 left in the first but ended up with an 11-9 shooting edge in the period.
The Coyotes hurt their chances in the first by picking up penalties while on the power play. Antoine Vermette was called for tripping and Martin Hanzal for holding, resulting in 4-on-4 hockey.