NEW YORK – The Phoenix Coyotes continued their eastern tour of the NHL with a stop off in Raliegh to face the Hurricanes. Rob Klinkhammer paced the Coyotes to a 5-3 win with two goals.
“It’s a grind down there with the bus trips,” Klinkhammer said. “You see guys getting called up and you try not to be negative. You’re like, ‘When is it going to be my shot?’ ”
The 27-year old center has 45 NHL games to his credit but he made an impression Sunday afternoon.
“I just try to be reliable. I don’t do anything fancy,” Klinkhammer said. “Maybe it’s not the top-end NHL skill, but I can definitely get by in the AHL for sure. I was just consistent down there and put up a few points.”
After a rough few games to start the season, Phoenix has come on strong much to the delight head coach Dave Tippett.
“We’ve stabilized our game, for sure,” Tippett said after the win. “When you go on the road for five games, your backs are against the wall. Winning three out of five road games is going in the right direction. Hopefully we can go home and keep playing the right way.”
In another early final Sunday, the LA Kings whitewashed the Florida Panthers who have had a difficult time getting any consistency at any position this season.
Ben Scrivens was getting his first start in net for the Kings this season and he made the most of the opportunity in stopping 20 Panthers shots for the shutout.
“You can’t give enough credit to the guys in front,” Scrivens said. “They played extremely well, and all I had to do was focus on stopping the puck and seeing it well.
“I was fortunate that I didn’t give up any bad rebounds, and the rebounds [I did allow] the guys were right there to clear them away from in front of me.”
Darryl Sutter was pleased with his number two goalie’s performance on the road.
“He was sharp early,” Sutter said. “He made some big saves and handled the puck well, which is what we needed him to do. He looked very good out there.”
In Anaheim, Bobby Ryan made his return as a Senator. He scored late in the first period to cut the Ducks lead at the time to 2-1. It was his third goal of the season. From there, the Ducks built a solid lead and coasted to the 4-1 win over Ottawa. The Ducks had 56 shots on goal for the game, a franchise record.
In the only other game of the day, the New Jersey Devils visited the Jets in Winnipeg. A tight contest featured the Jets defending a 1-0 lead on Evander Kane’s second of the year scored shorthanded. Al Montoya stood tall in the Jets net as Winnipeg added two late markers to seal the match including Kane’s second of the game and one from Andrew Ladd.
Phoenix 5, Carolina 3
Los Angeles 3, Florida 0
Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 0
Anaheim 4, Ottawa 1
DUCKS ARE MIGHTY
On a night when they wore throwback jerseys and honored members of the inaugural 1993-94 team, the Ducks celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first-ever victory by defeating the Senators, 4-1.
The Ducks posted a franchise-record 56 shots on goal in the win, surpassing the previous team mark of 54 set March 27, 2009, versus the Oilers. The 56 shots also were the most ever allowed by the Senators – the previous franchise record was 51 – and the second time in as many nights the team has yielded at least 50 shots on goal.
Corey Perry scored twice, but was denied a hat trick by the right pad of Robin Lehner, and 19-year-old Hampus Lindholm, who wasn’t even born when the franchise played its first game, picked up two assists for the first points of his NHL career.
Bobby Ryan scored Ottawa’s lone goal, the 150th of his NHL career, in his return to Anaheim after an offseason trade sent the 26-year-old forward to the Senators in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in 2014. Ryan spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Ducks, ranking in the top 10 in franchise history in goals (sixth, 147), assists (eighth, 142) and points (sixth, 289).
HOWLIN’ FOR TIPPETT
In his 300th game behind the Phoenix bench, Dave Tippett led the Coyotes to a 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes. The 52-year-old Tippett is just the third coach in Coyotes/Jets history to reach the 300-game mark with the franchise, joining Bob Francis (390) and Wayne Gretzky (328). With the win, Tippett improved to 160-98-42 with the Coyotes – his .603 points percentage is the highest of any coach in franchise history.
* Tippett is now six victories shy of surpassing Francis (165) for first on the franchise’s all-time wins list.
* The Coyotes improved to 118-13-19 when scoring first under Tippett.
* Among active coaches, only Detroit’s Mike Babcock (448) has more wins than Tippett (431) since the start of the 2002-03 season.
CAPTAIN KEEPS SCORING
Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who has spent his entire 18-year NHL career with the Coyotes/Jets organization, scored his first goal of the season and added an assist to tie Thomas Steen for second on the franchise’s all-time points list (817). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 37-year-old Doan is the sixth player in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to record a goal for the same team in each of 18 consecutive seasons. The other five players to do so are: Steve Yzerman (Red Wings, 22); Ray Bourque (Bruins, 21); Joe Sakic (Avalanche/Nordiques, 20); Mike Modano (Stars, 20); and Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings, 20).
Making his first start in net for the Kings, Ben Scrivens recorded 20 saves for the third shutout of his NHL career (34 GP) and second in as many trips to BB&T Center (also Feb. 18 with the Maple Leafs). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Scrivens is just the fourth goaltender in Kings history to post a shutout in his first start for the team, joining Mario Lessard (Oct. 26, 1978 vs. Buffalo), Stephane Fiset (Oct. 4, 1996 vs. NY Islanders) and Steve Passmore (Oct. 13, 2000 vs. Boston). Scrivens, however, is the first to do so on the road.
MONTOYA MAKES THEM COUNT
In his first appearance of the season, Jets goaltender Al Montoya made 24 saves for the fourth shutout of his NHL career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Montoya has only started six of Winnipeg’s 54 games over the past two seasons, compared to 48 starts by Ondrej Pavelec, but has posted the club’s only two shutouts in that span (also Feb. 9 at Ottawa).
The Ducks improved to 4-1-0, matching the franchise’s best start to a season (4-1-0 in 2011-12, 3-0-2 in 2006-07) . . . Coyotes forward Rob Klinkhammer scored two goals, including the game-winner, for the first multi-goal game of his career . . . Kings forward Justin Williams recorded the 500th point of his NHL career with a second-period goal . . . Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe picked up an assist to extend his point streak to four games (2-2—4) . . . Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler played in his 200th NHL game . . . The Jets shut out an opponent at home for the first time since a 7-0 victory over the Panthers on March 1, 2012.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Detroit @ Boston, 1:00 p.m., NHLN-CA, FS-D, NESN
Edmonton @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., SNET-W, CSN-DC
Minnesota @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
POMINVILLE RETURNS TO BUFFALO
Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville returns to Buffalo, the city where he spent the better part of the first nine seasons of his NHL career, for the first time as a member of the Wild. Pominville played in 578 regular-season games for the Sabres, posting 185-271—456 and a +41 rating, before being sent to the Wild at last year’s Trade Deadline. Minnesota has not visited Buffalo since March 24, 2012, when the Sabres earned a 3-1 victory on the strength of 24 saves by Ryan Miller and Marcus Foligno’s first career game-winning goal.