The Goods: Coyotes bite back
Anyone else miss the good ol’ days of overtime and shootout hockey?
The Vancouver Canucks gave a comeback their best shot, but fell a goal short losing to the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks deserved a point and didn’t get it, they easily could have had a pair were it not for the bad outweighing the good in the end.
Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler, David Booth and Dan Hamhuis all scored for the Canucks, who had a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. That advantage evaporated by the end of the frame and Coyotes pulled in front 3-2, 7:58 into the second.
Vancouver buckled down and tied the game less than five minutes later, only to fall behind again to trail by a goal
with 20 minutes to play.
Phoenix all but ended the game making it 5-3 early in the third, but the Canucks had one goal left to make things interesting late.
Now is when things get really interesting for the Canucks, who are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games with two straight losses.
They continued saying all the right things post-game and they weren’t lying, there was a lot of good to take from this game.
The Canucks opened the scoring and lit the lamp in the opening period for the first time in six outings, they went 2-for-2 on the power play scoring more than once on the man advantage for the first time in 28 games and they generated shots at a gaudy pace with 43 shots hitting the net, 19 attempts blocked and 17 wayward of the target.
That can all be carried forward to Saturday night’s tilt with the Columbus Blue Jackets. What won’t be along for the ride are the costly mistakes, which led to an outbreak of five goals from the Coyotes, who came into the game ranked 22nd in goals for and had only a pair in three previous outings versus the Canucks this year.
“There’s a couple areas of our game that we need to clean up and we’ll address that with our group here after we watch the tape,” said coach Alain Vigneault.
“At the end of the day we can say there’s some positive signs, but this game’s about winning and we didn’t win tonight so we’ve got to have a good practice tomorrow, have a good practice Friday and have a good game Saturday.”
Vancouver and Phoenix could end up playing each other in the first round of the playoffs, so Kevin Bieksa chose to look at the bright side of his team’s effort. He’s convinced if that’s the offensive showing the Canucks have on a consistent basis, victories will be recorded on a more consistent basis.
“I don’t think we played bad,” said Bieksa. “We generated a lot of chances offensively, we scored some goals, the power play got going, we got a lot of shots on net, you have
to look at the film, but a couple of those goals were bad bounces and bad luck and sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you play if the team’s got some talent on the other
Vancouver’s lines were shuffled for this outing and offensively it paid off with Burrows scoring and picking up an assist, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin combining for three helpers.
The impact of new defensive pairings remains to be seen, however.
“We scored four goals, we let in five, so you tell me, you had the view,” Bieksa said. “It doesn’t matter what the lines are, we have the same personnel in the line-up, you just
have to go out and perform no matter who you’re playing with.”
HOME ICE DISADVANTAGE?
There seems to be a power outage at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks boasted the best home record in the NHL a season ago at 27-9-5; playing in Vancouver was a chore teams dreaded for what they had to put up with on the ice and in the stands.
This year, with 34 home games in the books, the Canucks haven’t been as cutthroat on home ice.
The Canucks now have 10 losses in Vancouver (20-10-4) with four of those defeats coming in the last six games as part of a seven-game homestand.
Vancouver was thought to be fortunate with only five road games remaining this season, but home isn’t currently where the heart is for the Canucks.
“We’ve got to be better at home, for sure,” said Kevin Bieksa. “I think we played good enough to win tonight, but they ended up getting one more than us. They scored on a couple of their chances, got a couple of rebound goals and we’re going to have to get better moving forward.”
The last time the Canucks dropped more than 12 games on home ice in a season was in 2007-08, when they finished fifth in the Northwest Division with 88 points.
HENRIK ON THE MOVE
Franchise history or more turmoil, it could have gone either way for Henrik Sedin.
Thankfully it was the former, not the latter.
The Canucks captain had the first assist on Ryan Kesler’s power play goal 9:39 into the first period giving him his first point in nine games; one more blanking and Henrik would have matched his career-worst nine-game drought set in October of 2001.
Instead Henrik collected point 733 to move into a tie with Trevor Linden for second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.
That’s quite the swing.
Henrik went a step further in the third period collecting another assist to officially move past Linden into second place with 734 points, 22 behind Markus Naslund for first all-time.
Daniel also bumped his five-game pointless streak with a third period assist; production from the Sedins is as important to the Canucks as anything and the stats prove it. When Henrik has a point Vancouver is 33-6-2, the Canucks are 30-7-3 when Daniel finds the scoresheet.
workin in our favour." -@wayne_house, putting the blame for the loss where it belongs. On me. Wait, what?
It was a joke, one that led to mad confusion. Half of me apologizes, the other half is still laughing.
on their official website. Apparently he’s up for a choreography gig…
Michael J. Fox spoke via video on the scoreboard. He even said hello to his mother Phyllis, who was at the game.