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Hurricanes remain undefeated and push Coyotes to nine straight losses


RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes extended their season opener streak to eight games with a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, whose season-opening losing streak extended to nine, in PNC Arena Sunday.

Brett Pesce gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 2:27 left in the third period with a power-play scoring shot. Seth jarvis, who was making his NHL debut, earned the second assist on the game.

“This one was doing me good for sure,” Pesce said. “Especially at the moment we are very confident. We think we can win any game we are in. It is a big factor.”

Martin Necas had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Andersen made 22 saves for the Hurricanes.

“We held on. I was proud of our squad, ”said Caroline coach Rod Brind’Amour. “It could easily have been a frustrating game, to have so many close friends and not connect. But we just kept playing and got the two points.”

Video: ARI @ CAR: Necas scores the shot on DeAngelo’s reception from the point

Christian Fischer marked, and Karel Vejmelka made 37 saves for the Coyotes (0-8-1).

“They deserve more. They really deserved the right to score at least one point tonight. It’s a shame, ”Arizona coach Andre Tourigny said. “They fight hard, they work as hard as we can hope and dream, but at the moment we have nothing to show. It’s a shame.”

Fischer gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 5:44 of the first period, recovering the loose puck in the corner before cutting the crease and scoring five holes on Andersen with his backhand.

“A lot of our offense is at its bottom,” said Fischer. “Winning a battle, I saw an opening, take it to the net. We’re struggling to score right now. We know what we have to do. It’s up to us. We just have to find a way.”

Video: ARI @ CAR: Fischer opens the scoring on the backhand in front

Necas scored his first of the season to tie 1-1 at 16:57 of the second period. He took a pass from Tony DeAngelo and beat Vejmelka with a receiving shot that deflected from Fischer.

“I haven’t scored in my first seven games, but we still win,” Necas said. “Put it back in my hands, I know I can score. But we need a little bounce and it’s starting to roll. It’s good to have that one.”

Jarvis nearly scored six seconds before Necas tied it. He bounced off the crease after Vejmelka couldn’t control Derek stepaninitial shot from, but his attempt at the open net hit the leg of Dmitrij Jaskin.

“It was so close in the second half,” Jarvis said with a laugh. “It’s good that [Brind’Amour] trust me to go out there and move a room. “

Carolina dominated Arizona 39-23, including 12-3 in the third period.

“[Vejmelka] kept us in it the whole game. A lot of credit goes to him, ”said Fischer. “The guys worked hard. This [stinks]. It’s frustrating. You just try not to let it linger. “

REMARKS: The Coyotes have gone 0 for 3 on the power play and 0 for 15 in their last six games (one shorthanded goal allowed). … Jarvis, who was selected with the No. 13 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, played 10:01. … Carolina striker Jordan staal was 13 for 16 (81 percent) on faceoffs.… Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastien aho each has seen their season opener streak end at seven games. … Necas and Vejmelka were teammates with HC Kometa Brno in the 2016-2018 Czech Extraliga.

Video: Hurricanes beat Coyotes for eighth straight win