NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Vancouver
(Tuesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Phoenix 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Daniel and Henrik Sedin picked up two points each, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at GM Place.
Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler added a goal and an assist apiece, while Brendan Morrison, Mattias Ohlund and Jan Bulis also tallied for the Canucks, who have won three of four. Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots on the night.
"Our focus tonight was more on ourselves than them," said Morrison. "Obviously they played last night and got in here late. But tonight we just wanted to worry about our game. I think we continued on from where we left off in Calgary."
Oleg Saprykin and Dave Scatchard scored for the Coyotes, losers in four of their last five games. Ed Jovanovski registered an assist in his return to Vancouver.
Mikael Tellqvist was tagged with the loss, stopping 14-of-18 shots in the first and third periods. Curtis Joseph, who replaced Tellqvist, made 12 saves in the second period.
Vancouver seized momentum with a four-goal first period as the hapless Coyotes chased them all over the ice.
Morrison got things started at 8:27, then Bieksa upped the lead to 2-0 at 11:52 when his rising shot to the far side fooled Tellqvist as he was distracted by a moving screen.
It was 3-0 just 59 seconds later after Daniel Sedin faked out two Coyote defenders on the right and slipped a pass to Bulis, all alone on the left side to hit a wide open net. Ohlund concluded the onslaught with a wrister from the slot on the power play, with 2:10 left.
Between periods, Joseph relieved Tellqvist, but the switch did little to spark Phoenix.
Kesler got his fourth of the year at 6:14, when he used a scorers touch to tip Bieksa's left point shot through Joseph's five-hole.
Saprykin finally answered for Phoenix when he managed to poke a loose puck in the crease through a maze of bodies three minutes later.
Scatchard made it 5-2 with 38 seconds in the game, taking a long lead pass from Mike Comrie, breaking down the left side and beating Luongo through the pads.
"We need everybody, each and every person to answer the bell, and we need everybody to play with the physical capacity they're capable of," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky about his team's diminished energy level.
Vancouver has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, and is 10-1-2 against Phoenix since 2002...Jovanovski was a defensive stalwart for the Canucks from 1999 through last 2006, before signing with Phoenix in the off-season...The Canucks host Calgary on Thursday, while the Coyotes host Columbus also on Thursday...Phoenix is 49-57-3-3 under Gretzky.
12/13 01:17:01 ET