Hurricanes score early, often in 5-1 win at Coyotes

Jordan Martinook scored 16 seconds in and Carolina never trailed

Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) is congratulated for a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jordan Martinook scored 16 seconds into the game, Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 30 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes blew past the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Friday night.

The Hurricanes jumped on Arizona with two goals in the opening five minutes and kept up the pressure to win for the sixth time in eight games.

Jalen Chatfield, Seth Jarvis, Teuvo Teravainen and Michael Bunting also scored for the Hurricanes.

Dylan Guenther scored for Arizona and Karel Vejmelka gave up five goals on 23 shots before being replaced by Matt Villalta, who had two saves in his NHL debut.

In the playoff picture a month ago, the Coyotes have spiraled toward the bottom of the Central Division with eight straight losses. Arizona hasn’t won since beating Pittsburgh 5-2 on Jan. 22.

Coming off a 4-2 at Dallas on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes but had the early jump against the Coyotes.

Martinook scored on backhander off a rebound before the fans had settled into their seats, and Chatfield quickly made it 2-0, punching in a rebound on Martin Necas’ wraparound attempt.

The Coyotes picked up the pressure and Kochetkov stopped Michael Carcone on a breakaway, but Guenther beat him a few minutes later after gathering a turnover in the neutral zone.

The Coyotes had some early pressure in the second period, but Jarvis scored midway through when a mishandled puck by the Coyotes went right to him in the left circle. Teravainen made it 4-1 late in the period, punching in a rebound on a power play.

Bunting continued the onslaught early in the third period, ending Vejmelka’s night by wheeling a backhander between his pads.

The Hurricanes plat at Vegas on Saturday night.