By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez GLENDALE -- Roberto Luongo made 23 saves and Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-0 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Phoenix (25-19-9) was hoping for a better outing 24 hours after wasting a three-goal lead and losing to San Jose, 5-3, at the HP Pavilion. It didn't happen.
"You would think after getting our butt kicked last night we would jump back in a little stronger," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "...We’ve got some things to sort out. You have to realize how hard it is to win; we don't have enough players playing hard enough to win."
The Canucks, who are tops in the NHL with 75 points, took a 1-0 lead at the 3:46 mark of the first period when Alexandre Burrows tipped the puck past Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (see KEY MOMENT below).
It was just the beginning of a long night for Bryzgalov and his teammates.
Photo by Associated Press.
At 1:38 of the second period, Vancouver upped its lead to 2-0 when Jannik Hansen wristed a shot past Bryzgalov.
The Canucks pulled away even further at the 12:06 mark of the second period when rookie Cody Hodgson scored his first NHL goal to give his team a 3-0 lead.
Vancouver (33-10-9), which has won four games in a row, scored thrice more in the third period, including Kesler's 29th and 30th goals of the season.
Not only did the Coyotes have to deal with Luongo swallowing their shots, but they also were stymied by the defense in front of him; the Canucks blocked 24 shots.
The Coyotes are winless in their past five home games. They will try to snap that skid on Saturday when they host Minnesota.
The Canucks set the tone for their convincing victory when Alexandre Burrows scored at 3:46 of the first period. Vancouver's Daniel Sedin set up the goal by gathering a turnover at Phoenix's blue line and taking a shot that Burrows deflected past Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
• Defenseman Ed Jovanovski was a late scratch because of an upper-body injury suffered in Tuesday's loss at San Jose. Jovanovski has missed nine games this season for a variety of reasons -- most recently, he sat out four games with a lower-body injury from Jan. 15-22. Meanwhile, defenseman Michal Rozsival, who had missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, took Jovanovski's spot in the lineup.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle did not register a point, snapping his point streak at 10 games.
• The Coyotes have been outscored 11-0 over the last 80:07.
• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled from the game at the 11:37 mark of the third period after giving up five goals on 31 shots. Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera stopped one of the two shots he faced in relief.
• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. Minnesota at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"Eleven goals against in four periods is embarrassing. Everyone in this room is embarrassed. I'm not saying it's our forwards, not saying it's our defense, not saying it's our goalies. It's a whole team. It's completely unacceptable."
"They out-skated us, they dumped the puck in every time and went and got it, and on the wall they got it out. They out-battled us all over the ice and that's why that team is in first place – by doing the little things every single night."
"We're getting contributions from every line, we're getting scoring from our defense and our power play, and the penalty killers are doing the job. When you come to the rink every day and work hard and want to get better, you have success. We just kept coming and coming and coming... and the final score shows it."
• Nov. 21, 2010: PHX 3, VAN 2
• March 18, 2011:
• Feb. 2, 2011: VAN 6, PHX 0 • March 6, 2011:
1 - 0 VAN
2 - 0 VAN