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Visentin replaced Johnson (11 saves) at the start of the second period because of a lower-body “tweak” according to the Phoenix Coyotes’ Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving.
After a scoreless first period, Rob Klinkhammer gave Portland a 1-0 lead as he got behind Monarchs’ defenseman Jake Muzzin, picking up a long-ice pass from Brandon Gormley, snapping a shot, stickside, under of the crossbar, beating goaltender Martin Jones at the 10:07 mark of the second period.
Klinkhammer added his second goal of the night, his seventh of the season, with 11:53 remaining to put the Pirates up by two goals, 2-0, when he found the puck in the crease area behind Jones, tapping it with a backhand into the open net.
The Pirates sealed the victory with an empty-net goal from Ethan Werek with 1:31 remaining in the game, improving to 10-9-1-1 on the season.
Pirates’ captain Alexandre Bolduc, who missed Saturday’s game due to an ankle injury, finished the game with two assists in his return.
Rookie Darian Dziurzynski made it 4-0 with his first career AHL goal, throwing the puck on net, beating the final game buzzer for the Pirates’ second empty-net goal of the game.
The Pirates finished the game 1-for-7 on the power play, and have at least one power-play goal in five of the last six games since snapping a 0-for-35 scoreless streak.
Visentin gets credit for the win, stopping all 21 shots he faced.
NOTES: The Pirates are now 2-2-0 in the VIP Cup series against the Monarchs… An upper-body injury kept forward Jordan Szwarz out of the Portland lineup for the third consecutive game… Max Goncharov and Mathieu Brodeur were healthy scratches.