Richardson scores four goals as Coyotes beat Canucks


Los Angeles (AFP)

Brad Richardson surpassed his scoring total of all last season by firing four goals in a single game on Thursday as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.

Richardson became the first Coyote player to score four goals in a National Hockey League game since 1997 when Keith Thachuk did it.

He scored just three goals in 76 games last season and now has 16 this year to surpass his previous career high of 14 in 2006-2007. It was his first hat trick in over seven years.

In 48 games this season, Richardson has 16 goals and five assists for 21 points.

Alex Galchenyuk also scored, and Vinnie Hinostroza and Richard Panik each had three assists for the Coyotes, who have won five consecutive games and eight of their past 10.

American goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves to beat Vancouver for the fourth time in as many meetings this season.

Tanner Pearson and Antoine Roussel, of France, scored for Vancouver, which lost for the second time in as many nights and dropped to 3-7-3 in its past 13 games.

Goalie Thatcher Demko, playing in the third game of his NHL career, stopped 19 of 24 shots.