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Faulk’s late goal lifts Hurricanes past Coyotes

Carolina Hurricanes' Kris Versteeg (32) celebrate his goal with teammate Ron Hainsey (65) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. The Hurricanes won 5-4. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Faulk scored a power-play goal with 17 seconds left to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Faulk, tied for the league lead with nine goals on the man-advantage, sent a shot from near the blue line past Coyotes goalie Anders Lindback after Martin Hanzal took a penalty for Arizona with 2:15 left.

Antoine Vermette’s power-play goal with 6 1/2 minutes remaining gave the Coyotes a 4-3 lead, but Ron Hainsey scored 1:57 later for Carolina.

Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, and Kris Versteeg and Jay McClement also scored for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward had 19 saves.

Stefan Elliott had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, and Tobias Rieder and Nicklas Grossmann also scored. Lindback finished with 13 saves as Arizona lost its fourth straight.

Each time Arizona scored, the Hurricanes came back with a goal less than 2 minutes later.

Staal gave Carolina its first lead, 3-2, at 6:27 of the second period with his fifth of the season.

Elliott tied it the score for Arizona at 6:24 of the third, back-handing one past Ward for his second goal of the season.

Rieder gave Arizona the lead 49 seconds into the game. Ward drifted to the right to stop Elliott’s initial shot, and Rieder knocked the rebound into an open net for his sixth of the season.

Versteeg scored about 90 seconds later to tie it.

Grossmann regained the lead for Arizona, scoring on a wide-angle shot after Ward lost his stick in an exchange in front of the net.

McClement tied it again 91 seconds later as he avoided icing by beating Zbynek Michalek to the puck, then put in his own rebound past Lindback.

NOTES: The announced attendance was 9,021, the lowest of the season at PNC Arena. … The Coyotes started Lindback in place of Mike Smith in goal. Smith had been the starter the previous three games, when Arizona allowed 15 goals. … The Hurricanes and Coyotes meet again in Arizona on Saturday, the third of four consecutive road games for Carolina. … The Coyotes end a five-game road trip Tuesday at St. Louis. Arizona is ending a stretch of playing 18 of its first 28 games away from home. … Arizona fell to 0-10-1 when trailing after two periods.

 

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