Strong third period lifts Hurricanes over Coyotes

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Updated: December 15, 2013

Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner three
minutes into the final period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Phoenix
Coyotes, 3-1, on Saturday.

Nathan Gerbe also scored and Eric Staal added a goal and a pair of assists for
the Hurricanes, who had dropped three straight entering the contest. Justin
Peters made 37 saves in the triumph.

Paul Bissonnette notched his first goal of the season for the Coyotes, who had
won two straight. Mike Smith allowed two goals on 32 shots.

Phoenix opened up the scoring 6:14 in when Bissonnette tipped in a Connor
Murphy shot from the slot.

Gerbe tied the game at 8:50 of the middle session. Gerbe skated in along the
left boards, cut back to the middle and then beat Smith with a wrister.

Skinner potted the game-winner three minutes into the final session. After
Staal one the faceoff, he dropped the disc back to Skinner, who skated through
the circle and blasted a wrist shot into the back of the net.

“It was lying at Eric’s feet and I just tried to pull it out and put it on net
and it found its way in,” said Skinner. “When you’re getting chances, that’s
the way it goes sometimes. We’re creating chances as a line and I’ve been
lucky to capitalize on a few.”

Staal added an empty-netter with six seconds remaining to account for the
final difference.

“Every play counts and it came down to one faceoff and one loose puck that we
lost and it ends up that’s the one that’s the difference in the game,” Phoenix
coach Dave Tippett said. “We had some good chances, some chances to capitalize
in the third and we didn’t do it.”

Game Notes

Carolina was 0-for-4 on the power play and Phoenix finished 0-for-3 on power
play chances … The Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals on Friday
… Phoenix opens a four-game road trip in Montreal on Tuesday.