Sunday, November 27, 2005

Canucks 1 Coyotes 2

After another listless start, the Vancouver Canucks lost 2-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes last night. The Coyotes built an early 2-0 lead, then rode the hot goaltending of Curtis Joseph the rest of the game for the win.

Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN

Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet

My notes from the game:
  • Another slow start and another early deficit. The Canucks were down by two goals, just halfway through the first period.
  • The Coyotes' win was their first against the Canucks since 2002. In the previous eleven games between the two teams, the Canucks were 9-0-2.
  • Coyotes rookie defenseman Keith Ballard has played some strong games against the Canucks this season. He was dangerous on most shifts and drew the ire of Bryan Allen when he threw a nice, open-ice hit on Richard Park.
  • The Canucks - especially Markus Naslund - usually feast on Curtis Joseph. Not last night. Cujo was the biggest reason the Canucks only scored one goal - he stopped 34 of 35 Canucks shots, including some on high-quality scoring chances.
  • I don't agree with the penalty shot awarded to Shane Doan. Jovanovski was skating side-by-side with Doan when the penalty was called, and Doan was nowhere near to having a clear-cut breakaway.
  • I do agree, however, with the non-call on Jarkko Ruutu's breakaway a couple of minutes after - nice play by the Coyotes defenseman to chase Ruutu and make a play on his stick.
  • I thought Ryan Kesler played another consistent game. Crawford rewarded him with a shift in the final minute of the game and the faceoff in the Coyotes zone.
  • Ed Jovanovski also had a strong game. He was vintage Jovanovski - very active at both ends of the ice. He finished with 5 shots, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 28:36 minutes of ice-time.
Next up: Colorado tonight.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:57 AM


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