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Recap: Mrazek, Canes Shut Out Coyotes

Mrazek makes 32 saves in his third shutout of the season

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Petr Mrazek posted a 32-save shutout, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark and Martin Necas each scored their 10th goals of the season in the Canes' fourth win of their seven-game homestand.

Here are five takeaways from Friday night at PNC Arena.

1. Limelight

The Hurricanes dealt the Coyotes their second consecutive shutout by dictating the game right from the drop of the puck.

A dominant first period. Two quick strikes late in the second. Goals from players on three different lines. A steady performance from Mrazek in net. A perfect penalty kill.

Video: ARI@CAR: Hurricanes celebrate by starting the wave

It was all clicking for the Canes.

"I feel like we have great depth. Every line can score and play in the D-zone," Wallmark said. "That's our strength this year. We have a really great team overall."

2. Working Man

Petr Mrazek made 32 saves, including 14 in the second period, to earn his third shutout of the season and 21st of his career.

Mrazek was especially sharp in the second period when the Coyotes ramped up their offensive attack, just a shot away from tying the game.

"He was solid, especially in the second period when we had a few turnovers and they came right at us," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He came up huge when we needed him to."

Video: ARI@CAR: Mrazek records third shutout of the season

"I saw the puck really well. I felt good," Mrazek said. "The guys helped me, and I could see the puck from everywhere."

And instead of pointing to one show-stopping save - he did flash the leather on Taylor Hall when the Coyotes skated in with numbers at one point in the second period - take his 60-minute body of work. It was impressive and seemingly effortless.

"It doesn't look like a grade-A [scoring chance] because he's already ahead of it," Brind'Amour said. "They had some really good looks, but he made them look like easy saves when they weren't."

As the clock ticked down the final minute of play in regulation, the crowd of 16,476 at PNC Arena chanted, "Petr! Petr! Petr!" That only continued as he sat on the bench for his postgame interview after being named the first star of the game.

3. Fly By Night

Martin Necas.

That's it. That's the takeaway.

On a nightly basis, Necas dazzles with his skating prowess and speed, and tonight, the fancy footwork, elite-level skating and ability to finish melded into a highlight reel goal late in the second period.

Necas accepted a pass near the point and scooted his way down the far wing, eluding Clayton Keller's waving stick. Necas hit the turbo boost at the faceoff circle and toe dragged his way around the net, wheeling around it and roofing a backhand into the yawning cage, an unreal play from start to finish.

Video: ARI@CAR: Necas circles the wagons for backhanded goal

"He's got a lot of confidence," Brind'Amour said. "It ended up pretty much putting the game away when he scores that goal. We've got to live with some of the stuff they make on one end because it is such an important factor that they have that game-changing ability."

Necas' 10th goal of the season - which ranks tied for third among NHL rookies - put the Canes up 3-0 with just 9.6 seconds left in the second period.

But, just out of curiosity, did he think of pulling off The Svech?

"Actually zero. I didn't think about it at all," he said. "I'm going to leave that move to him."

4. Freewill

Necas' goal came just 63 seconds after Lucas Wallmark scored to stretch the Hurricanes' lead to 2-0, a pair of goals that daggered the Coyotes after they pushed back with a better middle frame.

"That lead was huge for us," Mrazek said. "Those two goals were really big."

Wallmark got his stick on a shot from Dougie Hamilton, the puck bouncing off Antti Raanta's glove, his mask, the crossbar and in.

Video: ARI@CAR: Wallmark deflects Hamilton's shot for a goal

Rewind the tape to a dominant first period, in which Warren Foegele's tally gave the Canes a tangible reward for their hard work. Andrei Svechnikov retrieved Jake Gardiner's cross-corner dump in and spotted Foegele in the slot. Foegele then snapped a low shot blocker-side on Raanta.

Video: ARI@CAR: Foegele sends the puck home from the slot

"The first one was good. The start is always important," Necas said. "We just kept building on it."

5. Lock and Key

After a stretch in which the Hurricanes penalty kill allowed a power-play goal in seven of eight games, the man disadvantage has now gone 7-for-7 in the last three games.

The penalty kill was 3-for-3 tonight and limited the Coyotes to just four shots on goal. The Canes, meanwhile, registered two shorthanded shots on goal of their own, including Sebastian Aho's breakaway chance in the first that began with pure hustle and ended with Raanta shutting the five-hole door.

"That was huge for us," Brind'Amour said of the team's penalty kill. "The penalty kill didn't give them momentum or even a sniff, really. That was a big part of the game, just controlling special teams. We didn't let any momentum slip away."

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