PHILADELPHIA -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal late in the second period to break a tie, Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Friday night.
Rob Klinkhammer also scored a goal for the Coyotes (3-2), who won their second road game in two nights.
Phoenix beat Detroit 4-2 Thursday night.
Max Talbot had the lone goal for the Flyers, who have only six goals this season, which is a big reason why the team is 1-4.
The Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3 start, replacing him with assistant Craig Berube. He failed to become the first head coach in team history to win his first two games after being named coach during the season.
Talbot scored on a deflection to make it 1-1. Sean Couturier tried a wraparound shot, but the puck trickled to Zac Rinaldo in the slot. Rinaldo spun around and fired a slap shot that hit Talbot's skate and trickled in.
Just 2:18 after the Flyers tied it in the second period, Ekman-Larsson skated around Talbot and lifted a shot off goalie Steve Mason's glove and into the net to put the Coyotes up 2-1 with 13 seconds left before intermission.
Klinkhammer gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead 2:41 into the game when he deflected a shot past Mason. Derek Morris flipped a shot from the point toward a crowd in front of the net. The puck sailed through two Flyers, hit off Morris and went in.
The Flyers had a chance to tie it when Adam Hall got pulled down by Michael Stone on a short-handed breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. But Hall lost control of the puck before he could take a shot and Greiss stopped the puck before it slipped under his pad.
Already struggling to score goals, the Flyers lost center Vincent Lecavalier and left wing Scott Hartnell to injuries during the game. Both sustained lower-body injuries.
The Flyers' top four goal scorers last season -- Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Matt Read -- have zero goals and one assist combined this season.
Greiss preserved the lead by sliding across the crease to stop Voracek's point-blank shot midway through the third.
NOTES: The teams met for the first time since the Flyers beat Phoenix 4-2 on Dec. 3, 2011. It was the first game in Philadelphia since a 2-1 win for the Flyers on Nov. 17, 2011. ... The Flyers avoided the first 0-4 start in franchise history with a victory in Berube's first game as coach Tuesday. ... Mason started four of Philadelphia's first five games, getting the nod over G Ray Emery. ... The Coyotes are playing their fourth in a five-game road trip. They'll visit Carolina on Sunday before returning home to face Ottawa on Tuesday. ... Phoenix assigned D Chris Summers to the AHL's Portland Pirates and recalled RW Brandon Yip, who was a healthy scratch. ... Coyotes coach Dave Tippett finished his NHL playing career with the Flyers in 1994.
- Sports & Recreation
- Ice Hockey
- Phoenix Coyotes
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Thomas Greiss