NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix
(Sunday, April 8th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Vancouver 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Curtis Joseph stopped 23 shots, leading Phoenix to a 3-1 win over Vancouver.
For the man dubbed "CuJo," it was his 18th win of the season and 446th career victory -- one shy of Terry Sawchuk for fourth place on the all-time wins list.
Derek Morris had a goal and an assist and Bill Thomas tallied for the Coyotes (31-46-5), who ended the year winning two of their final three games. Jeremy Roenick added a goal, his 11th of the season and perhaps the final one of his 18-year career.
"It was a good feeling for me to go out there and score," Roenick said. "It's going to be an interesting three months for me here. My heart is here in Arizona."
Phoenix completed the campaign with the worst record in the Western Conference and the second-worst mark in the NHL, 11 points ahead of Philadelphia. They will miss the postseason for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in six years.
"The season was very disappointing," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "We made the decision as an organization that the one way we were going to get through this was to go with younger players. It's a different atmosphere with the young guys here, but we will focus everyday on getting better."
Alex Burrows netted the only goal for the Canucks (49-26-7), who finished the regular season dropping two of three. Dany Sabourin made 23 saves in the loss and completed the year at 2-4-1.
Vancouver, which clinched the Northwest Division title on Saturday, will host Dallas on Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.
"It's hard to keep your focus after last night, and obviously we were looking ahead a little bit," said Canucks forward Trevor Linden. "But we are really looking forward to the challenge of Dallas."
Thomas opened the scoring for Phoenix 5:45 into the first period, but Burrows knotted the game midway through the period. Morris put the Coyotes up 2-1 with a power-play goal at 12:12 and Phoenix led by a goal at intermission.
Two pucks hit the crossbar and one found the goal post in the second, but neither team could hit the net despite 18 combined shots on goal.
Playing for pride in the final 20 minutes, the Coyotes stifled a speedy Canucks attack. Joseph stopped all nine shots he faced, and with Brendan Morrison in the box, Roenick added an empty-net goal with 22 seconds to go to seal the victory.
Vancouver has won nine of the last 11 meetings, including three of four this season...Phoenix forwards Steve Reinprecht and Owen Nolan recorded assists to each finish with 24 on the year...Nolan finished third on the team in scoring with 40 points...The Canucks went scoreless in five power-play chances and the Coyotes scored twice in six attempts.
04/08 23:49:31 ET