VAN
26-15-7
PHX
21-18-9

32 SOG
34 SOG

Canucks 2, Coyotes 1

Jerry Brown  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 03.22.2013 / 1:28 PM

GLENDALE – Rookie winger Jordan Schroeder knocked in a loose puck in the crease with 10:07 left in regulation to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.

With five forwards out of the lineup – Zack Kassian and Chris Higgins were the latest to go down, both with back problems – the Canucks called up Andrew Gordon and shifted defenseman Keith Ballard up to a wing on a line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise. The makeshift lineup had just enough to hand the Coyotes their sixth straight loss (0-5-1) as Phoenix slid deeper out of a Western Conference playoff spot -- they are two points behind eighth-place San Jose but have played two more games.

Phoenix's Jason LaBarbera, playing the third period after starter Mike Smith was wiped out by Alexander Edler's charge behind the net late in the second, lost Edler's shot from the point when it was deflected downward by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen. The puck rolled between the goaltender's skates as he was standing up, and he turned just in time to see Schroeder backhand his third goal of the season into a wide-open net.

“Once I saw it sitting on the goal line, my eyes lit up. I was just hoping they weren't going to call a high stick (on Hansen) or anything," said Schroeder, who was recalled from the American Hockey League three days ago. “It was kind of an ugly road win, but that's what we need. It was a good team win.”

Cory Schneider made 33 saves, including big ones on Keith Yandle and Lauri Korpikoski in the third period to preserve the lead and notch his eighth win of the season. The Canucks are 4-0-3 in their last seven trips to Arizona.

The Coyotes have failed to score a goal in the first two periods of all five of their losses and held a 25-minute, players-only meeting after the game. Smith, who was still being evaluated by doctors, was unavailable for comment but captain Shane Doan spoke for the team.

“We haven't lost five games in a row here in the last four years, and it's unacceptable to each individual guy,” Doan said. “The thing that makes our team good is when every single guy is good. When every single guy is good, we have a chance to win every single night.

“Individually, every single guy can be better. The only way it has worked here is because as a whole, we've been good. It's not working because we're not good enough. We know what it takes. We all say the right things and we do the right things when it matters in the third period. But we're not doing it in the first period, when the game starts. When's the last time we've scored a goal in the first period? It's ridiculous.”

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said Phoenix's shot count was deceiving and more offensive zone penalties were killers. Phoenix has gone to the box 13 more times than their opponents during the last seven games.

“Our execution around the net was poor. We hit the goalie's crest more than any team I've seen in a long time,” Tippett said. “The margin for error is so slim when you're not scoring enough. There's effort there, but we're just not doing enough to win – with our legs, hands and our mind.”

Chris Tanev scored his second goal of the season in the first period for Vancouver and Antoine Vermette tied it for Phoenix 2:26 into the third. But that was it for the Coyotes, who have scored just three goals during their five-game slide – all of them in the third period.

Phoenix outhit the Canucks 24-4 in the first period, but the Canucks played a strong period and scored the only goal. Mason Raymond hit Tanev with a pass at the top of the circles and Taney beat Smith high to the stick side at 6:32.

The second period was scoreless but began and ended with big hits on the Phoenix goalie. First Daniel Sedin crashed the Coyotes net, leaving Smith sprawled on the ice and Sedin with blood gushing from his nose. Then at 18:17, with Smith playing the puck behind his net, Edler steamed in and caught Smith in the head with an elbow – drawing a five-minute major for charging.

Smith finished the period but was unable to return for the third.

Martin Hanzal shaved two minutes off the long power play with a retaliatory roughing call and Doan was called for hooking in the attacking zone to cut the power play time to 1:51 early in the third. But that was enough time for the Coyotes to tie it.

Radim Vrbata whacked a slap shot that beat Schneider but hit the crossbar. With Schneider down and out, the puck landed at the right post and Vermette stuffed it home. Vermette's seventh goal of the season snapped an 0-for-13 power-play drought for the Coyotes and was only their sixth in their last 47 tries with the man advantage.

That was it until Schroeder found his present sitting behind LaBarbera.

FIVE FOR PHOENIX

1. Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in relief of Mike Smith, who started the game but did not play after the second period. LaBarbera has stopped 58 of 60 shots in his last five appearances - a .967 save percentage.

2. Antoine Vermette's goal ended an eight-game goal-scoring drought and was his 16th point vs. Vancouver in 20 career games.

3. The Coyotes were credited with 50 hits. Forward Lauri Korpikoski led the way with eight, and Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal each had six.

4. Centers Antoine Vermette and Boyd Gordon combined to win 24 of 32 face-offs; Vermette won 15 of 20 draws and Gordon won nine of 12.

5. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek missed his sixth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury, and forward David Moss missed his second consecutive game because of a lower-body injury.

1st2nd3rdT
VAN
PHX
Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:32VAN Christopher Tanev (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (9) 1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:26PHX PPG - Antoine Vermette (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (9), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (15) 1 - 1 Tie
09:53VAN Jordan Schroeder (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jannik Hansen (10), Alexander Edler (12) 2 - 1 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
1st
Cory Schneider
SA: 34TOI: 59:54
GA: 1EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .971SH: 1-1
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2nd
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
D
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:07
Jordan Schroeder
3rd
Jordan Schroeder
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:14
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:40VAN Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
14:20PHX Antoine Vermette  Tripping against  Mason Raymond
16:21PHX Lauri Korpikoski  Holding against  Alexander Edler
18:17VAN Alexander Edler  Charging (maj) against  Mike Smith
18:17PHX Martin Hanzal  Roughing against  Alexander Edler
19:25PHX Shane Doan  Hooking against  Kevin Bieksa
3rd Period
05:25VAN Tom Sestito  Roughing against  Derek Morris
05:25PHX Derek Morris  Roughing against  Tom Sestito
12:07VAN Cam Barker  Interference against  Steve Sullivan
shots by period
PeriodVANPHX
1st85
2nd914
3rd1515
Total3234
Team Stats
CategoryVANPHX
Power Plays0/41/4
Hits1950
Faceoff Wins3235
Giveaways52
Takeaways87
Blocked Shots176
Penalty Minutes1110
  • VANCOUVER
  • PHOENIX
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. HamhuisD0002024:50
3K. BieksaD0012223:05
4K. BallardD0001011:39
5J. GarrisonD0002023:22
8C. TanevD1011014:40
14A. BurrowsR0001017:35
18C. BarkerD0013210:29
21M. RaymondL0122017:33
22D. SedinL0003014:44
23A. EdlerD0114524:11
25A. EbbettC0003015:36
29T. SestitoL000228:13
32D. WeiseR0002012:41
33H. SedinC0000018:11
36J. HansenR0122017:29
40M. LapierreC0001010:57
44A. GordonR000008:37
45J. SchroederC1021015:14
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35C. Schneider3334.97159:54
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3K. YandleD00-22021:56
6D. SchlemkoD0002024:10
8M. LombardiC00-12012:36
11M. HanzalC0002218:41
15B. GordonC00-1009:34
16R. KleslaD00-10014:55
17R. VrbataR0104018:56
19S. DoanR0004220:08
23Ekman-LarssonD0103025:07
24K. ChipchuraC000006:58
26S. SullivanL0000014:37
28L. KorpikoskiL00-22211:15
29M. StoneD0002013:52
36R. KlinkhammerC00-1005:29
37R. TorresL00-11015:18
50A. VermetteC1006219:58
53D. MorrisD00-13217:39
89M. BoedkerL0001020:20
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. LaBarbera1415.93318:30
41M. Smith1617.94139:59