The Goods: Canucks feast on Coyotes

Saturday, 26.11.2011 / 12:20 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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Two minutes and 12 seconds was all the Vancouver Canucks needed to sink the Phoenix Coyotes.

Not that the Canucks cut any corners.

Vancouver put together its best 60-minute performance of the season Friday night at the Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix, and the Canucks have their first three-game winning streak of the season to show for it.

Sami Salo, Ryan Kesler, David Booth, Maxim Lapierre and Alex Burrows all scored for the Canucks, and nine Canucks collected at least a point, while Cory Schneider came up big when he needed to in stopping all 21 shots faced for his second consecutive shutout.

Vancouver opened the second game of a three-game road trip with shots, 15 in the 1st period alone, alongside a quick, physical tempo that led to numerous scoring chances.
That theme continued after a scoreless opening period and although the Canucks drew three penalties in the 2nd, it was at full strength that Vancouver dented the scoreboard.

First Salo let his patented beastly shot from just inside the blueline out of its cage to make it 1-0 Canucks; 34 seconds later Kesler roofed a shot on a partial breakaway; then 40 seconds later Booth converted a sneaky pass from Kesler to blow the game wide open at 3-0 Vancouver.

Lapiere and Burrows found the back of the net 56 seconds apart with just under eight minutes remaining in the 3rd period, both on extreme hustle plays, and Schneider, despite
not being overly tested, remained flawless to close out the third shutout of his career.

In Schneider’s last three starts, he’s 3-0-0 with a 0.32 goals against average and .986 save percentage. If anyone could give Sidney Crosby a run to be the NHL’s top star this
week, it’s the Schneiderman.

It didn’t hurt Schneider’s cause that Vancouver finally gave him some offence scoring more than three goals with him between the pipes for the first time all year.

“He’s unreal,” said Lapierre, matter-of-factly. “He’s working so hard in practice and during the games, he just deserves it.

“It was a great team game,” Lapierre added, on the win. “Forwards were coming back hard tonight and Ds had a good gap and Schneids did an unreal job for us, so it was a good team win. Everyone played really well and that’s huge for our team.”

The celebration of this win won’t even be shortlived, it’ll be non-existent, as the Canucks are in San Jose to play the Sharks Saturday night to end a three-game road trip.

SCHNEIDER'S THEME SONG...?
Roxanne, by The Police (as suggested by @PrisonBull): "Roxanne...you don't have to put on the red light..."
Tweet of the night - “Hey @canucksgame, if "Vol-penalty" is fair game, this one's turning into a "Bur-rout"."
-@torrancecoombs, outdoing my cheesy pun with one of his own. Awesome.
Lucky No. 8 - The Canucks now have eight wins this season (8-0-0) when they hold a two-goal lead at any point.
Then there were three - With Vancouver capturing it's third consecutive win, Columbus, Calgary and Nashville are the
only Western Conference teams remaining without three straight victories.
Road warrior - Alex Burrows' first 10 points of the season (7-3-10) have all come on the road.
(Thanks to @patersonjeff for that little nugget of gold)