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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Canucks 5, Coyotes 0
Vancouver Canucks 5, Phoenix Coyotes 0
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 22TOI: 59:55
GA: 0EV: 19-19
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:07
Sami Salo
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:29

By Associated Press
-- 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 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 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.

► Click here 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 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."
Torres Tippett Schneider
  • Feb. 13, 2012:
  • March 14, 2012:
  • Nov. 25, 2011: VAN 5, PHX 0
  • Feb. 28, 2012:

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Sami Salo (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (16), Daniel Sedin (19)
1 - 0 VAN
Ryan Kesler (4) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 VAN
David Booth (3) ASST: Ryan Kesler (7), Kevin Bieksa (6)
3 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
Maxim Lapierre (4) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 VAN
Alexandre Burrows (7) ASST: Cody Hodgson (7)
5 - 0 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Adrian Aucoin  Cross checking against  Jannik Hansen
Kevin Bieksa  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mike Smith
2nd Period
Mikkel Boedker  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Martin Hanzal  Slashing against  Henrik Sedin
David Booth  Tripping against  Adrian Aucoin
Mikkel Boedker  Interference against  David Booth
3rd Period
Rostislav Klesla  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
Aaron Volpatti  Slashing against  Derek Morris
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 22TOI: 59:55
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 37TOI: 59:59
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
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