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Canucks 4, Coyotes 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:51 PM

Russell Brooks

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Canucks 4, Coyotes 3
Vancouver Canucks 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Three unanswered goals in the third period propelled the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.

“I think we played a pretty good game,” said defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who led the Coyotes in ice time with 25:54. “It's tough to lose games the way we lost tonight, but our focus has to move forward to the next game. We are going to be in this position a lot and hopefully we learn from it and don’t crumble under pressure again.”

The Coyotes entered the third period with a 3-1 lead after goals by Derek Morris, Steven Reinprecht and Enver Lisin, but they couldn’t finish off the game and lost in regulation for the first time this season after leading after two periods (17-1-1).

“This one hurt because it would have really got us in the middle of the mix again,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said. “…Their big guys stepped it up in the third period. (Mats) Sundin and the Sedins and (Pavol) Demitra, they went up another level and we didn’t answer that very well. This loss hurts. It was a tough loss.”

The Coyotes (25-26-5) next play Calgary at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday night.

“It's tough to lose games the way we lost tonight, but our focus has to move forward to the next game. - Ed Jovanovski

Face-off losses and seven minor penalties were the dagger for the Coyotes, who were playing their second game in as many nights and coming off an emotional 1-0 victory over Dallas on Wednesday.

Thursday's comeback victory was the second in a row for the Canucks (26-20-8), who beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-4, on Tuesday.

“This is not an easy league to come back from,” Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault said. “Any time you’re behind, statistics show the team that’s ahead wins. We have done it two times in a row here. We are playing better at both ends of the rink. I don’t think we gave them a lot offensively tonight.”

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Canucks cut into the lead at 2:16 after a goal from Demitra, his 15th of the season.

Alexander Edler knotted the score at 3 with his sixth goal of the season at 8:22. Kevin Bieksa ripped a one-timer from the blue line that was redirected by Edler to give the Canucks new life.

Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks their only lead of the game 2:25 later. Sami Salo blasted a shot from the point that rebounded out in front of the net. Daniel Sedin found his brother Henrik wide-open for his 10th goal of the season.

“I think the biggest thing is we sat back and didn’t stay as aggressive as we should have like we did early in the game,” Morris said.

NOTES

• Coyotes rookie forward Viktor Tikhonov returned to the lineup after missing 10 games because of injury. He played 13:16, including 1:39 killing penalties.

Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko were scratches for Phoenix. Rob Davison and Mason Raymond were scratches for the Canucks. Martin Hanzal remained out for the Coyotes with a shoulder injury.

• The Coyotes blocked 27 shots, making it their first loss when blocking more than 20 shots in a game this season (8-1-1).

• Phoenix had a 36-second five-on-three power play in the first period, but couldn’t score. The Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets are the only teams without a five-on-three goal this season.

• The Coyotes outhit the Canucks 34-23.

• Vancouver outshot the Coyotes 32-28. Reinprecht led all players with six shots on goal. Every player for the Canucks had a shot on goal except for defenseman Shane O’Brien.

Kevin Bieksa
Henrik Sedin
Ed Jovanovski

 

scoring summary
1st Period
02:20
PHX
Enver Lisin (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PHX
16:00
PHX
PPG - Steve Reinprecht (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Carcillo (4), Joel Perrault (1)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
17:51
VAN
Mattias Ohlund (4) Slapshot - ASST: Kevin Bieksa (23), Daniel Sedin (29)
2 - 1 PHX
19:27
PHX
Derek Morris (5) Slapshot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (18), Ed Jovanovski (22)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
02:16
VAN
Pavol Demitra (15) Slapshot - ASST: Shane O'Brien (8), Sami Salo (10)
3 - 2 PHX
08:22
VAN
Kevin Bieksa (8) Tip-in - ASST: Alexander Edler (21), Kyle Wellwood (6)
3 - 3 Tie
10:47
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (30), Sami Salo (11)
4 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
11:31
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hi stick - double minor against  Steven Goertzen
13:33
PHX
Joakim Lindstrom  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
13:33
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Joakim Lindstrom
14:55
VAN
Alexander Edler  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
16:20
PHX
Joakim Lindstrom  Holding the stick against  Mattias Ohlund
2nd Period
18:04
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Diving against  Joakim Lindstrom
18:04
PHX
Joakim Lindstrom  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
3rd Period
05:04
PHX
Derek Morris  Holding against  Mats Sundin
10:38
PHX
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Steve Bernier
19:17
PHX
Joakim Lindstrom  Interference against  Alexandre Burrows
19:17
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:17
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
15-7-5
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 32TOI: 58:46
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
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