Vancouver at Phoenix

Coyotes 5, Canucks 1


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At this point of the season, the Phoenix Coyotes don't want to be in a position to further embarrass themselves.

Deep in the Western Conference and out of the playoff picture, the Coyotes took advantage of a rare national television audience -- on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" -- to put together a solid 60 minute effort, and beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1.

"After recent games, we were pretty disgusted with ourselves," said captain Shane Doan, who scored his 27th goal of the season. "It was apparent we made sure that we do not embarrass ourselves. Playing on ["Hockey Night in Canada"] was huge. As a Canadian, it's like "Monday Night Football," but bigger."

In the process, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 34 shots, and Daniel Winnik, Ed Jovanovski, Viktor Tikhonov and Matthew Lombardi added goals. It was Phoenix's highest-scoring game since beating Los Angeles 6-3 on Feb. 21. The four-goal margin was the largest for Phoenix this season.

Bryzgalov lost the shutout when Alex Burrows slammed in a puck that rebounded off the back boards with 1:45 left in the game.

"We did not execute, it was that simple," said Burrows, who picked up his 24th of the season. "Once we got behind, it was tough coming back. We missed many shots, and their goalie stopped anything which got through."

The five goals allowed are the most Vancouver has surrendered since a 5-3 loss Jan. 28 at home against Nashville. The Canucks lost in regulation for the second time in their last 11 games.

"This was a missed opportunity," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our game wasn't there, and execution was not where it needed to be."

After the Coyotes failed to score on two power-play opportunities, Winnik beat Roberto Luongo at even strength with 5:55 left in the first period.

Phoenix made it 3-0 with goals in a 2:04 span early in the second.

First, Doan ripped a wrist shot past Luongo at 1:21. The goal was set up on a perfect pass from defenseman Keith Yandle from inside the Phoenix blue line to the Vancouver side of center ice.

Jovanovski followed with his seventh of the season on a power play at 3:25.

Phoenix upped its lead to 4-0 on a goal credited to Tikhonov at 10:30 of the second. As Tikhonov was called for a hooking penalty, he touched the puck inside the Vancouver line, but did not maintain control. When Vancouver defenseman Shane O'Brien attempted to poke check, the puck -- last touched by Tikhonov -- slide into a vacated Vancouver net.

"That's definitely a first for me," said Tikhonov. "I was actually wondering, 'did that count?' I didn't know to celebrate or not."


Vigneault said he never saw a goal like Tikhonov's in his career as player or coach. ... Winnik has three goals this season. The other two came in a Feb. 14 game against Calgary. ... Vancouver opened a six-game trip, its second-longest of the season. ... Luongo was replaced with Jason LeBarbera at the start of the third period. ... The attendance was announced at 17,125, giving Phoenix its second sellout of the season.

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Three Stars
I. Bryzgalov

Saves: 35
Save Pct.: .972
S. Doan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Lombardi

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
14:05Daniel Winnik (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sauer, Hanzal
01:21Shane Doan (27), Wrist Shot. Assist: Yandle, Kalinin
03:25Power Play - Ed Jovanovski (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Reinprecht, Prucha
10:30Viktor Tikhonov (8), Empty Net, Unassisted.
03:13Matthew Lombardi (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Upshall
18:15Alexandre Burrows (24), Wrist Shot. Assist: Edler, Johnson
Penalty Summary
09:44O'Brien, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:53Wellwood, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
03:03O'Brien, 2 min, Roughing
08:00Ohlund, 2 min, Holding
10:30Tikhonov, 2 min, Hooking
13:57Bernier, 2 min, Tripping
15:13Upshall, 2 min, Interference
05:50Salo, 2 min, Hooking
08:55Boedker, 2 min, Hooking
11:13Johnson, 2 min, Interference
13:15Turris, 2 min, Hooking
20:00Ohlund, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
Jason LaBarbera20:0091
Roberto Luongo39:48203
Ilya Bryzgalov59:50351
Game Information
Attendance - 17125
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Don Koharski
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Thor Nelson
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