NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix|
(Thursday, March 21st)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jordan Schroeder scored a tie-breaking goal
midway through the third period, Cory Schneider made 33 saves and the
Vancouver Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1.
Christopher Tanev supplied the other goal for the Canucks, who have won two
straight games and four of six overall.
"It wasn't necessarily pretty all the time, a Picasso, but it was effective,"
Phoenix starting goaltender Mike Smith was shaken up late in the second period
after being charged by Vancouver's Alexander Edler and was replaced by Jason
LaBarbera to start the third.
Smith stopped 16 shots, while LaBarbera finished with 14 saves in relief for a
Phoenix team that has dropped five games in a row.
The Coyotes were trailing when Edler received a five-minute major with 1:43
remaining in the frame.
A Martin Hanzal roughing minor delayed the start of the power play, then the
Coyotes found themselves having to kill a penalty. Shane Doan went off for
hooking with 35 seconds left before the second intermission.
After the penalty-killing unit did its job, the Coyotes' power play finally
went to work.
Radim Vrbata gathered Oliver Ekman-Larsson's cross-ice pass and put a shot on
net. Schneider turned away Vrbata's bid from the left circle, but Antoine
Vermette potted the rebound from the right side of the crease, tying things up
at the 2:26 mark of the third period.
The Canucks regained the lead at 9:53, with Edler playing a role in the go-
ahead tally. The Vancouver defenseman fired a left-point shot that Jannik
Hansen knocked down and Schroeder slipped the puck past a surprised LaBarbera.
Tanev lit the lamp 6:32 into the contest.
"There's absolutely no reason we can't do better," Doan said.
Hansen played in his 300th career game ... The Canucks have earned at least
one point in their last seven (4-0-3) trips to Phoenix.
03/22 02:54:28 ET