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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Vancouver

(Thursday, March 1st)

Final Score: Vancouver 4, Phoenix 3

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund scored the game winner with a little over four minutes to play to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at General Motors Place.

Daniel Sedin had two goals, while Jeff Cowan scored the other goal for the Canucks, who had lost their previous two games.

Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for Vancouver, which sits in first place in the Northwest Division with 79 points, one ahead of Minnesota.

"I thought we made a mistake and they got up 3-2," said Naslund. "But, obviously we took over and we deserved to win. It was a game that over 60 minutes we didn't play as well as we have to but it's still good to get the two points."

Bill Thomas scored two goals and Shane Doan added a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have dropped two of their last three games. Curtis Joseph made 25 saves in the loss.

"It's disappointing when you have a 3-2 lead in the third but you've got to give them a lot of credit," said Doan. "They're probably playing as good as any team in the league in being able to come back."

The Canucks were down a goal, 3-2, early in the third period, but tied the contest when Henrik Sedin fired a hard pass from the top of the right circle to the slot where Daniel Sedin redirected it into the net for a power-play tally 5:46 in.

Vancouver then took a 4-3 lead with 4:14 left in the game after Naslund slid the disc between the pads of Joseph for his 21st goal of the season.

Phoenix pulled Joseph with under a minute to play, but was unable to net the equalizer.

Vancouver drew first blood in the contest with a power-play goal when Daniel Sedin skated around the net and from the slot wristed a shot into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the contest.

Phoenix, though, answered with a power-play goal of its own at the 10:52 mark of the first when Thomas blasted a shot from the right circle that beat Luongo.

The Canucks took a 2-1 lead in the second, as Cowan picked up a turnover at the blueline, skated down the ice, and snapped a wrister over the glove of Joseph for a shorthanded goal 7:54 into the second.

The Coyotes, however, scored the next two goals to make it a 3-2 contest.

On the man advantage, Yanick Lehoux fired a backhand pass from behind the right side of the net to the low slot where Thomas banged it in at the nine- minute mark of the second.

Less than three minutes into the final period, Steven Reinprecht fired a blind pass from the right boards to the slot where Doan blasted a one-timer by Luongo.

Game Notes

Phoenix hosts Columbus on Saturday...Vancouver has off until Sunday when it will host Minnesota...Phoenix went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Vancouver finished 2-for-5...Vancouver has won both games against Phoenix this season and eight of nine overall in the series.

03/02 01:45:14 ET

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