Nick Schmaltz, Arizona Coyotes lambaste Detroit Red Wings by 9-2 count on Tuesday
By DANA GAURUDER
DETROIT — Nick Schmaltz followed his franchise-record seven-point game with two goals and two assists, and the Arizona Coyotes overwhelmed the Detroit Red Wings 9-2 on Tuesday.
Schmaltz had two goals and five assists in an 8-5 victory over Ottawa on Saturday, and his 11 points in two games is also a franchise record.
“It’s pretty special,” Schmaltz said. “The franchise has been around a long time, a lot of great players, so it’s pretty cool to have your name in something like that. Hopefully, we can just keep it going.”
Jakob Chychrun and Nick Ritchie each had two goals and an assist and Barrett Hayton notched four assists for the Coyotes, who have won three straight for the first time this season.
Travis Boyd, Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller also scored for Arizona, while Karel Vejmelka made 26 saves.
“Can’t really put a finger on it,” Schmaltz said of the team’s offensive outburst. “Obviously we’re getting some good bounces, the puck’s kind of finding our sticks and we’re not missing many.”
Jakub Vrana scored in his season debut for the Red Wings. He’d been sidelined since training camp recovering from shoulder surgery. Robby Fabbri also scored for Detroit, which has lost five of its last six. Alex Nedeljkovic made 20 saves.
“We didn’t skate at all, and you have no chance at success when you play like that,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.