NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix|
(Thursday, March 13th)
Final Score: Phoenix 2, Vancouver 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 24 shots he faced
for his fifth career shutout to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-0 win over the
Niko Kapanen and Dan Winnik scored for Phoenix, which has won two straight and
climbed within three points of these Canucks for the eighth playoff spot
in the Western Conference. The Coyotes also trail Nashville by one point and
will host Edmonton on Saturday.
Roberto Luongo was very strong with 43 saves for the Canucks, who have dropped
two straight following three consecutive wins. Vancouver currently holds the
aforementioned eighth seed, but is also only four points behind Colorado for
the lead in the Northwest Division.
Kapanen's 10th goal opened the scoring at the 10:32 mark of the second period.
The Coyotes were skating on the power play due to an interference penalty on
Ryan Kesler and Kapanen's one-timer -- after a pass by Keith Ballard -- from
inside the right circle lit the lamp.
At the 7:32 mark of the final stanza, Winnik capped the scoring. Martin Hanzal
stole the puck from Vancouver's Henrik Sedin in the neutral zone and skated
into the right circle. Hanzel then stopped, drew a defender toward him and
sent a perfect feed for Winnik, who lit the lamp from the lower left slot.
The Canucks mustered only five shots on the goal in the third period and were
hampered by 41 penalty minutes throughout the contest that never allowed them
to get on track.
Vancouver's best scoring chance occurred with under 12 minutes remaining in
regulation when Kesler nearly tallied via a one-timer from the left side, but
Bryzgalov made a nice pad save.
Vancouver fell to 16-15-5 as the visiting team this season...Winnik has 10
goals in 2007-08...The Coyotes were 1-for-4 on the power play and held the
visitors scoreless on their five power-play chances...Attendance was 15,562.
03/14 00:57:27 ET