|Date of game: 12/29/2014
Recap: Arizona vs. Philadelphia
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Antoine Vermette scored twice and the Arizona Coyotes downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, on Monday.
Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also lit the lamp while Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for Arizona, which matched its season high with a third straight victory.
"I think it was a really competitive game," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "We capitalized on some opportunities and defended pretty well."
R.J. Umberger scored twice 3:02 apart late in the third period, but the Flyers nevertheless fell to 3-2 on their eight-game road trip.
"It's frustrating to lose the hockey game and come out the way we did," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said. "We haven't risen to the occasion."
Steve Mason, in his first start since Dec. 18, surrendered three goals on 24 shots against.
Mark Streit fed Umberger for his first goal with 7:49 remaining in the third, and the Flyers went on a power play less than a minute later.
They failed to score with the man advantage but kept the pressure on, and Umberger deflected a Sean Couturier shot into the back of the net with 4:47 left on the clock.
Philadelphia's best chance in the closing moments came on Claude Giroux's cross-ice pass to Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier let a one-timer fly from the right circle, but Dubnyk easily smothered it.
Vermette sealed the win with an empty-netter.
The Coyotes won a faceoff in front of Dubnyk late in the opening period and caught the Flyers on their heels going the other way. Doan let a shot fly from the point that beat Mason with 1:34 left in the stanza. Vermette was originally ruled to have deflected it in, but Doan was credited with the goal after the game.
Mason saved a shot through a screen in the second period, but the rebound spun loose and Vermette was there for an easy goal at the 15:31 mark.
Flyers forward Scott Laughton was sent off for hooking 2:02 into the third, and on the ensuing power play, Ekman-Larsson posted his ninth goal of the season with a shot from the point.Game Notes
Ekman-Larsson has six goals in December ... Philadelphia is 0-for-15 on the
power play in its last six games after failing on two chances Monday ...
Arizona has won three in a row at home after dropping nine straight ... Mason
missed the previous four games with a back injury.