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Mrazek, Hurricanes shut out Coyotes, who lose Raanta again

Carolina goalie makes 32 saves; Arizona goalie leaves return with injury

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Mrazek shuts out the Coyotes

ARI@CAR: Mrazek records third shutout of the season

Petr Mrazek stopped all 32 of the shots he faced form the Coyotes for his third shutout of the season in the Hurricanes' 3-0 victory

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Petr Mrazek made 32 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at PNC Arena on Friday.

Warren Foegele, Lucas Wallmark and Martin Necas scored for the Hurricanes (26-16-2), who have won two in a row.

"They're a huge part of what we're doing," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We need everyone to contribute, but when they're scoring, that takes a lot of pressure off of our other guys as well. They all had good games tonight."

 

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The Coyotes (25-18-4) were shut out in back-to-back games after a four-game winning streak. Adin Hill made one save playing the third period relief of Antti Raanta, who made 25 saves before leaving after two periods with a lower-body injury.

"They capitalized on their chances, we didn't," Arizona defenseman Jason Demers said. "I thought we worked hard tonight and had a way better effort than we did last night (a 4-0 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning). Especially when we're a little bit tired, we've just got to be a little bit harder and play a simpler game."

Foegele gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 14:20 of the first period. Andrei Svechnikov worked away from two defenders behind the Arizona net and passed to Foegele for a wrist shot in the slot.

"We know what we need to do," Foegele said. "When we're playing down low, we can beat anyone. It's just staying with it. Tonight, we definitely stayed with it."

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

Wallmark redirected Dougie Hamilton's wrist shot off Raanta's glove to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead at 18:47 of the second period. Necas extended the lead to 3-0 when he skated from the top of the left face-off circle and circled the net before lifting a backhand into open net with 10 seconds remaining in the period.

"I just waited, waited, waited and there was an empty net," Necas said. "As the season goes longer, especially for rookies, you get more experience and confidence and you can make some plays."

Mrazek was at his best in the second period when the Coyotes made a push, coming up with a kick save on Conor Garland in the slot and a blocker save on Michael Grabner.

"[Mrazek] was solid, especially in the second period when we had a few turnovers and they came right at us," Brind'Amour said. "He came up huge, obviously, when we needed him too."

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It was Mrazek's third shutout for the season and his 21st in 252 NHL games.

"I saw the puck very well, I felt good," he said. "The guys helped me see the puck from everywhere. That made it easier tonight."

Raanta was playing for the first time since he sustained a lower-body injury in a 6-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers last Saturday.

Arizona's back-to-back shutouts follow a four-game winning streak when the Coyotes outscored their opponents 18-7.

"I liked our game [but] we obviously need to score goals," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "Six periods and we haven't scored a goal, I get it. A couple goals there (for Carolina) that was just unfortunate."

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

 

They said it

"You want to get better each and every night, especially after a loss. I think we just want to get some rest here and get ready to play [the Pittsburgh Penguins] at home with a fresh mind, and I think we'll be fine." -- Coyotes forward Clayton Keller

"[Sebastian Aho] has got to be good at both ends of the rink or we're not going to be the team we want to be. It's that simple. I think there is another level in that regard, but he understands that." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

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

 

Need to know

Grabner played 9:25 and was minus-2 in his return to the lineup after five games as a healthy scratch. ... The Coyotes were last shut out in consecutive games in the first two games of the 2018-19 season (3-0 by the Dallas Stars on Oct. 4 and 1-0 by the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 6). ... Carolina is 12-3-1 against the Western Conference. ... Each of Carolina's goal scorers scored his 10th of the season. Foegele's goal matched his rookie total in 77 games last season. Wallmark tied his NHL career high, set in 81 games last season. Necas had one NHL goal before this season. ... The Hurricanes are 4-2-0 on their seven-game homestand that ends Saturday.

 

What's next

Coyotes: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-A PLUS, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Video: Mrazek gets his third shutout of season in 3-0 win

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