Hurricanes blank Coyotes for first win of season

Raleigh, NC ( – Cam Ward posted 25 saves for his first
shutout of the season and the Carolina Hurricanes got their first win of the
year in a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Carolina had gone 0-6-2 to start the season, but a pair of goals from Elias
Lindholm and a goal from Jiri Tlusty backed Ward’s whitewash to get the team
in the win column.

Mike Smith allowed all three goals on 35 shots for the Coyotes, who have
dropped their past three.

Carolina scored just 3:57 into the game as Brett Bellemore threw the puck down
low and Lindholm was there to swipe it in for his first of the season.

Lindholm scored his second of the game with 2:38 to play in the first period
as he wristed home a rebound in the slot.

Skating on the power play in the second period, the Hurricanes took a 3-0 lead
as Justin Faulk blasted a shot from the left point that was deflected by Eric
Staal and Tlusty was at the right side to swipe home the rebound for his sixth
of the season.

Ward polished off his 54th career shutout with 11 saves in the third period.

Game Notes

Carolina hosts Los Angeles on Sunday … Arizona plays in Washington on Sunday
… These two split two games lat season, with each team winning on the road
… Carolina was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Arizona went 0-for-3.