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 said.

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

span.

”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

night.

”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

on defense.

”They might have had six or seven scoring chances that whole

game,” Vigneault said, ”so I’m really happy with the way we

played.”

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

night.

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

by Burrows.

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

season.