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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix

(Friday, October 31st)

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Phoenix 1

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Trevor Linden and Jiri Slegr scored goals 51 seconds apart in the first period to spark the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at America West Arena.

Marek Malik, Magnus Arvedson and Todd Bertuzzi posted two assists apiece for the Canucks, who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund also scored, while and Dan Cloutier made 23 saves for Vancouver.

Ladislav Nagy scored for Phoenix, while Sean Burke stopped 27-of-31 shots. The Coyotes are winless in their last seven contests (0-4-3).

The Canucks grabbed a 2-0 edge on a pair of quick goals near the midway point of the first period.

Linden scored on a wrister from the left circle to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 8:16 of the opening period. The Canucks have scored first in all 11 of its games this season, giving them the second-longest streak to start an NHL season. The Philadelphia Flyers scored first in 12 straight games to start the 1985-86 season.

Slegr tallied a power-play goal just 51 seconds later to give Vancouver a 2-0 edge. The Czech defenseman sent a weak wrister on goal and the puck somehow slipped underneath Burke's left arm before heading into the net.

Nagy cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal at 1:05 of the second stanza. David Tanabe wristed a shot from the left point and Nagy was just outside the crease to knock in the rebound.

The Canucks restored the two-goal cushion when Morrison lit the lamp at 6:08 of the middle period. Bertuzzi charged at the net before sliding the puck to Morrison, who sent a wrister past Burke from just below the right circle.

Vancouver's lead grew to 4-1 when Naslund scored on a wrist shot from the right circle. The puck hit Burke in the pads and trickled into the net.

Game Notes

Vancouver leads the NHL with 38 goals scored...The Canucks are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Phoenix (5-0-2)...The Coyotes went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Vancouver scored once on six opportunities with the man advantage.

10/31 23:53:46 ET

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