Korpikoski lifts Coyotes to 4-3 win at Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. – Lauri Korpikoski and Ray Whitney each had a goal and an assist to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Korpikoski scored the game-winner at 10:48 of the third period after being set up by Derek Morris and Whitney. Cal O'Reilly and Rostislav Klesla also scored for Phoenix and Jason LaBarbera stopped 34 shots.
The Coyotes, who beat Florida on Tuesday night in the opener of their two-game trip, improved to 4-1 in the second game of back-to-back contests.
Phoenix won for the first time in 13 games when it trailed at the start of the third period, improving to 1-11-1. On the other side, Carolina suffered its first loss in regulation after holding a two-period lead, dropping to 9-1-2.
Tuomo Ruutu got his team-leading 11th goal for the Hurricanes, while Andreas Nodl and Jiri Tlusty also scored. Carolina goalie Cam Ward finished with 15 saves.
The Coyotes tied the score at 3-3 early in the third period as Klesla got his first goal of the season at 4:20.
Whitney, a former Hurricanes player, opened the scoring when his blast from the left point on the power play at 2:16 of the first period got by Ward.
Carolina tied it 7 minutes later when Ruutu scored from just outside the crease after taking a rebound and flicking it past LaBarbera at 9:21.
The Hurricanes scored twice in the second period as Andreas Nodl got his first goal for Carolina at 5:29, and Jiri Tlusty notched his seventh of the season after rushing up the left wing and blasting a drive by LaBarbera.
Phoenix cut the margin to 3-2 with 6:36 left in the period when Cal O'Reilly beat Ward high on the glove side.