And just like that, it's playoff hockey.
The Vancouver Canucks blanked the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 Monday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in a game that had all the drama of a close post-season outing. With only nine games remaining in the regular season, the Canucks are switching gears at a perfect time and have now won three straight.
Ryan Kesler made a triumphant return to the Canucks line-up scoring the game-winning goal 7:26 into the first period; the forward, who missed 19 games with a broken ankle, pounced on a loose puck in the Coyotes crease for his second goal of the season.
That's how the game stood until Dan Hamhuis was the last Vancouver player to touch the puck before a Phoenix player accidentally shot it into his own empty net with a minute remaining in regulation.
Cory Schneider was once again sensational recording 19 saves for his ninth win in his last 11 consecutive starts and fifth shutout of the season.
Vancouver now hits the road for a five-game road trip beginning Wednesday in Calgary.
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