NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix|
(Thursday, March 8th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeff Cowan continued his torrid play of late
and opened the floodgates during a three-goal first period to lead the
scorching Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Cowan, who has six goals in the last four games, scored the first of three
goals within a five-minute span along with Brendan Morrison and Markus
Naslund for the Canucks, who have won four straight and improved to 10-1-1 in
their last 12 games overall.
Dany Sabourin gave All-Star starter Roberto Luongo a rest and stopped 26 shots
for Vancouver, which sits atop the Northwest Division four points ahead of
both Calgary and Minnesota. Sami Salo added his 12th goal in the win.
The Canucks will visit San Jose and Anaheim over the next three days before
they start a three-game homestand which includes a matchup versus the Wild on
Shane Doan and Jeff Taffe scored for Phoenix, which has dropped four straight
games. Curtis Joseph allowed four goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.
The three-goal surge occurred during the middle stages of the opening period
and was ignited by Cowan's marker. He whiffed on a shot from the right side,
but regained control of the puck below the near circle and pushed home a
backhander from the top of the crease at 7:50.
Under two minutes later, Morrison's 18th goal made it 2-0. Brent Sopel
released a slap shot from the right point and Morrison redirected it into the
back of the net with 10:34 remaining.
At the 12:33 mark, Naslund capped the uprising. He took a nice feed from Bryan
Smolinski in the slot, maneuvered through a pair of defenders and lit the lamp
with a wrister from in front for his 22nd goal.
Vancouver moved ahead by four 8:55 into the middle stanza when Salo unloaded
from the left point and cleanly beat CuJo with a blazing slap shot.
Several minutes later, Doan put the hosts on the scoreboard with his 24th goal
of the season. Blueliner Derek Morris held the puck above the right circle and
passed into the low slot for Doan, whose wrist shot banked off the right skate
of Sabourin and crossed the goal line with 8:22 remaining in the period.
Taffe's rebound goal at the right post at 4:52 of the third capped the
Luongo's next win will be his 39th of 2006-07 and he'll set a new franchise
record for wins in a season, a mark he currently shares with Kirk McLean
(1992-93)...Phoenix has lost 10 of its last 12 games overall...Doan extended
his point streak to seven games and has five goals and five assists during
that span...The Coyotes fell to 14-15-2 at home this season...Vancouver has
won four straight over Phoenix...The Canucks were 0-for-3 on the power play
and held the Coyotes scoreless on their four chances with the extra
skater...Daniel Sedin missed on a penalty shot attempt in the first
period...Attendance was 13,841.
03/09 00:14:54 ET