Canucks 5, Coyotes 0
Cory Schneider knows that shutouts don’t come much easier for
goalies than the one he achieved in Vancouver’s 5-0 rout of Phoenix
on Friday night. In front of him, his teammates were masterful.
”It was one of the best games I’ve seen our team play,”
Schneider needed just 21 saves, most of them of the
not-so-difficult variety. Still, it was his second shutout in a row
and he has been in goal throughout Vancouver’s three-game winning
streak. The Canucks have outscored their opponents 10-1 in that
”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 coach Alain Vigneault said Schneider ”didn’t get a
lot of work … other than one quality chance that he got in the
third on one of our turnovers.”
”He played a real solid game and made the saves when he had
to,” Vigneault said.
The coach would not say whether he would stick with Schneider
over Roberto Luongo when the Canucks play at San Jose Saturday
”I know who’s going to play,” Vigneault said. ”I’m going to
tell my goaltender tonight on the game so I’ve got to tell them
before I tell you.”
In front of Schneider, the Canucks were masterful, particularly
”They might have had six or seven scoring chances that whole
game,” Vigneault said, ”so I’m really happy with the way we
Vancouver scored three goals in a 2:12 span early in the second
period – by Kesler, Sami Salo and David Booth. Maxim Lapierre and
Alexandre Burrows added third-period goals.
Phoenix’s Mike Smith had 32 saves as the Canucks outshot the
Coyotes 37-21. It was the most one-sided win for Vancouver and
one-sided loss for Phoenix in the young season.
”Our execution was so far below normal it wasn’t even a game,”
Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. ”We killed a 5-on-3, but after
that scrap it.”
Schneider and the Canucks won at Colorado 3-0 on Wednesday
Three of the 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 inevitable 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 into the net for his fifth
goal of the season to make it 1-0 5 minutes into the period.
Just 1:22 later, Kessler stole the puck from Phoenix’s Raffi
Torres and scored his fifth of the season unassisted on a breakaway
at it was 2-0 6:33 into the period. The third goal, from just in
front of the net by Booth with an assist from Kessler, made it 3-0
with 12:47 still to play in the second to the cheers of the large
contingent of Vancouver fans among the crowd.
Later in the second, the Canucks had a two-man advantage for 1
1/2 minutes but failed to score. In one positive in the lopsided
loss, Phoenix had five penalty kills.
In the final period, Lapierre took the puck away from Derek
Morris to score, then a turnover by David Schlemko led to the goal
The Coyotes 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.
Notes: Kyle Turris, who ended his holdout and signed by the
Coyotes this week, skated with the team Friday and will be sent to
the teams AHL Portland affiliate to work his way into hockey
condition. … The Coyotes end their three-game home stand Saturday
against Dallas. … Vancouver had a 6-0 win at Phoenix last