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Coyotes 5, Hurricanes 3

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RALEIGH, N.C -- Rob Klinkhammer scored his first two goals of the season as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena, winning their third game in a row.

Klinkhammer's tiebreaking goal came 22 seconds into the third period, assisted by Zbynek Michalek and goalie Mike Smith.

The Coyotes, wrapping up a five-game road trip, also received goals from Mikkel Boedker, Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan.

In goal, Smith made 31 saves.

Eric Staal, Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes, who are 1-1-2 in four home games.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward, used in relief when starter Anton Khudobin suffered an injury, is winless in four outings this season. He gave up three goals on 12 shots.

The teams matched goals across two periods.

Korpikoski's goal with 4:02 left in the second period came after the Hurricanes failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play.

Skinner tied it with 56 seconds left in the period.

Earlier in the period, Nash's goal at 7:11 resulted from a deflection of defenseman Ryan Murphy's slap shot from inside the blueline.

The lead lasted only 41 seconds, with Klinkhammer pounding away at a loose puck in front of the net before finally putting it past Khudobin.

Khudobin exited a couple of minutes later, coming up lame after chasing a puck away from the crease, falling and retreating. He made 18 saves on 20 shots before departing with the score at 2-2.

The Coyotes opened the scoring on the game's first power play, with Boedker knocking in a rebound just 4:59 into the game after Derek Morris' shot hit the post.

The Hurricanes responded on Staal's unassisted goal at 15:07 of the first period.

Phoenix launched the first seven shots of the second period, but the score did not change.

Of the Coyotes' four goal scorers in the game, only Boedker, with one goal, had scored previously this season.

The Coyotes are 4-0 this season when scoring the first goal.

Notes: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett coached in his 300th career game with the team. He is the seventh active coach to have 300 or more games with his current team. ... The Hurricanes activated RW Tuomo Ruutu for his first game of the season after he was out with a lower-body injury. With Ruutu in the lineup, C Elias Lindholm, was scratched for the first time this season. He has an upper-body injury suffered Friday night against Los Angeles. ... D Ryan Murphy was back in Carolina's lineup after D Mike Komisarek made his Hurricanes debut two nights earlier. Komisarek was scratched again Sunday. ... The Coyotes return home for Tuesday night's game against Ottawa. ... The Hurricanes complete a three-game homestand Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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