Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Canucks 7 Coyotes 4

The Vancouver Canucks won their second consecutive game last night, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4. The win allowed the Canucks to move into fifth place in the Western Conference and keep pace with the Colorado Avalanche, who also won last night.

Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN
Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet
My notes from the game (I apologize for the brief notes. I've been fighting a cold and not feeling to good the last couple of days):
  • Alex Auld was good once again in recording his 22nd win of the season. He stopped 42 of 46 Phoenix shots, half of them on the powerplay.
  • The Canucks have now allowed 167 shots in their last four games since Ed Jovanovski was sent home - that's almost 42 shots a game.
  • The Canucks controlled most of the five-on-five play for the night. However, they let the Coyotes back into the game with unnecessary penalties. The Coyotes had nine powerplay opportunities and scored on two of them.
  • The Sedin line - again - had a great night. Sedin, Sedin and Carter combined for seven points (2G-5A). Henrik Sedin had four points (1G-3A) and is now second on the team in scoring, four points back of Markus Naslund.
  • I like that Naslund and Bertuzzi hardly played on the same line last night. Both had good games - not great, but good - with different linemates. They rotated in and out of the Kesler/Burrows line and the Morrison/Ruutu one. It gave the Canucks a different look, and with the Sedins having a great game, forced Phoenix to make some tough match-ups on defense.
  • Tyler Bouck had his most active game of the season. He only logged 6:10 minutes of ice-time but scored a nice breakaway goal and beat Denis Gauthier in a fight.
  • From the defense, Mattias Ohlund had a monster game. He logged a game-high 25:38 minutes of ice-time and was a rock.
  • I thought Steve McCarthy also had a strong game. He's making better decisions with the puck and seems to have more confidence handling it. He was on the ice only for one of Phoenix's four goals.
Next up: Calgary on Friday.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:26 AM


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