Vancouver at Phoenix

Canucks score three unanswered in third period to edge Coyotes


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Vancouver Canucks rallied for another confidence-building victory -- at the struggling Phoenix Coyotes' expense.

Henrik Sedin capped a three-goal comeback with a power-play goal midway through the third period in the Canucks' 4-3 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday.

"We have a good feeling right now, and playing with confidence," Sedin said. "Yeah, we were down, but started to move the puck in the third period and made sharp passes. We also have several lines which can score."

Down 3-1 early in the third, the Canucks tied it on goals by Pavol Demitra and Alexander Edler, and took the lead on Sedin's winner at 10:47.

The Canucks also rallied to beat St. Louis on Tuesday night. After an eight-game winless streak, Vancouver was won four in a row.

"It's not easy to come back against any team in this league," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Now, we've done that in consecutive games, and our confidence is increasing."

Enver Lisin, who scored the only goal in Phoenix's win over Dallas on Wednesday night, put the Coyotes on the board at 2:20 of the first. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone, he neatly sidestepped Mattias Ohlund and Edler and put a wrist shot behind Roberto Luongo for his 10th of the season.

Phoenix's power play, next to last in the NHL, then clicked when Steven Reinprecht picked his 10th of the season, and first with the man advantage, with four minutes left in the opening period.

The Canucks cut the lead in half when defenseman Ohlund beat Ilya Bryzgalov from the blue line with 2:59 to go in the second period. The Coyotes answered when Derek Morris' shot beat Luongo just inside the right post with 33 seconds to go.

Demitra brought the Canucks within one, scoring on a wrist shot for this 15th of the season at 2:16 of the third period. Edler tied it at 8:22.

"We were caught sitting back," Morris said. "When you're a young team, like ours, it's tough to stay aggressive. You get up a few goals and think you have to sit on that. We need to be real aggressive and stay tight with teams."

Sedin eventually netted the winner, his 10th of the season, and third on the power play, with Morris in the penalty box for holding.

Phoenix has lost eight of its last 10 games.

"Every game counts for us," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We can't afford to have nights where we blow 3-1 leads in the final period."


  • The Coyotes assigned 19-year-old center Kyle Turris to San Antonio on Thursday, and recalled defenseman David Schlemko from the American Hockey League affiliate. Turris, the former University of Wisconsin star selected third overall in 2007, has six goals and 10 assists in 50 games this season.
  • Mikkel Boedker missed his first game of the season, a healthy scratch. The Phoenix rookie has one point in his last six games.
  • Ohlund scored his first goal since Jan. 1 against Nashville.
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Henrik Sedin, who caps the scoring for Vancouver, also appreciates Roberto Luongo's effort. (AP)
Henrik Sedin, who caps the scoring for Vancouver, also appreciates Roberto Luongo's effort. (AP)
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Three Stars
K. Bieksa

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
H. Sedin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Jovanovski

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:20Enver Lisin (10), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
16:00Power Play - Steve Reinprecht (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Carcillo, Perrault
17:51Mattias Ohlund (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Bieksa, Sedin
19:27Derek Morris (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Jokinen, Jovanovski
02:16Pavol Demitra (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: O'Brien, Salo
08:22Alexander Edler (6), Tip-In. Assist: Bieksa, Wellwood
10:47Power Play - Henrik Sedin (10), Tip-In. Assist: Sedin, Salo
Penalty Summary
11:31Ohlund, 4 min, High-Sticking
13:33Burrows, 2 min, Roughing
13:33Lindstrom, 2 min, Roughing
14:55Edler, 2 min, Holding
16:20Lindstrom, 2 min, Holding the Stick
18:04Sedin, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
18:04Lindstrom, 2 min, Hooking
05:04Morris, 2 min, Holding
10:38Morris, 2 min, Tripping
19:17Lindstrom, 2 min, Interference
19:17Jovanovski, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:17Jovanovski, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
Roberto Luongo60:00253
Ilya Bryzgalov58:46284
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 14872
Referees - Dan Marouelli, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Shane Heyer
Other Games
Tor 4 Final
TB 6
Cal 2 Final
LA 0
StL 3 Final
Nash 4
Fla 5 Final
Car 0
Min 2 Final
Det 4
Ott 5 Final
Phi 2