Canucks 5, Coyotes 0
By Associated Press
GLENDALE -- Cory Schneider made 22 saves, most of them of the not-so-difficult variety, on Friday night to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-0 win over the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
"We were pretty sound defensively tonight," said Ryan Kesler, who had a goal and an assist. "When we did have breakdowns, a couple there in the first period, 'Schneids' was there. He's been there for the last three games for us. He's been our best player each and every night."
Vancouver (12-9-1) scored three goals in a 2:12 span early in the second period - by Sami Salo, Kesler and David Booth. Maxim Lapierre and Alexandre Burrows added third-period goals.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith made 32 saves as the Canucks outshot the Coyotes 37-22. It was the most one-sided win for Vancouver and one-sided loss for Phoenix in the young season.
Three of Vancouver's goals came after Phoenix turnovers.
Vancouver dominated the first period, outshooting the Coyotes 16-4, several from close range, but Smith stopped them all.
The breakthrough came shortly after the second period began. Salo's fierce slap shot zipped by two skaters - one for each team - then bounced off the crossbar and into the net for his fifth goal of the season to make the score 1-0 at the 5:01 mark.
Just 1:32 later, Kesler scored his fourth of the season (see KEY MOMENT below) to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead. The third goal, from just in front of the net by Booth with an assist from Kesler, made the score 3-0 with 12:47 still to play in the second period.
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Later in the second, the Canucks had a two-man advantage for 1:31 but failed to score. Phoenix had five penalty kills overall.
"Our execution was so far below normal it wasn't even a game," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "The only positive of the whole thing was the 5-on-3 kill. After that, you can take the rest of it and scrap it."
In the final period, Lapierre took the puck away from Derek Morris to score, then a turnover by David Schlemko led to the goal by Burrows.
The Coyotes (11-7-3) were coming off a 4-2 victory over Anaheim, but they were sluggish from the start and didn't reach double digits in shots until the final seconds of the second period.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
Leading 1-0, Canucks forward Ryan Kesler picked off a pass by former teammate Raffi Torres
and wristed a shot past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith
on a breakaway. The unassisted goal was the second of three Vancouver goals within a 2:12 span of the second period that zapped the fire out of the Coyotes and their fans.
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to watch the KEY MOMENT
• Center Kyle Turris
, who inked a multi-year contract with the Coyotes on Tuesday, skated with teammates on Friday morning for the first time since re-signing. Just before the skate began, several teammates urged Turris to go into the middle of the circle of players at center ice and lead them through the pre-skate stretch. He obliged. After Friday's skate, Turris answered questions from the media about returning to the team. Click here
to read the transcript of the Q & A session with the media.
• Center Martin Hanzal
was the lone bright spot for the Coyotes. Hanzal took three shots on goal, delivered five hits and won 18 of 24 faceoffs.
• Defenseman Michal Rozsival
, who hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury in the first period of the season opener vs. San Jose, skated with teammates for the first time on Friday morning. There is no timetable for his return.
• The Coyotes played minus center Daymond Langkow
for an eighth straight game. Langkow, who was granted a leave of absence from the team because of a recent death in his family, rejoined the team Wednesday. He is expected to play on Saturday.
• The Coyotes scratched Daymond Langkow
, Patrick O'Sullivan
and Kyle Turris
• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. Dallas at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
||"We kind of sneaked away from the first period, but you can’t give those guys turnovers, they are just too good. Overall, it was just a real poor effort from our team. The good thing is we have 24 hours and we’ll be at it again tomorrow night."
||"Our execution was so down below par that it wasn’t even a game. That’s what it comes down to, execution. It’s checking, it’s with the puck, it’s getting engaged in the battles of the execution of winning one-on-one battles. It was non-existent."
||"It was one of the best games I've seen this team play... I was the beneficiary of it. (It was) just a great effort by my teammates... Obviously I'm playing the way I want to but when you have games like that where your teammates are doing such a good job it makes my life a lot easier."
|Three star selections