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Canucks 4, Coyotes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Canucks 4, Coyotes 3
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The Vancouver Canucks rallied for another confidence-building victory - at the struggling Phoenix Coyotes' expense.

Henrik Sedin capped a three-goal comeback with a power-play goal midway through the third period in the Canucks' 4-3 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

"We have a good feeling right now, and playing with confidence," Sedin said. "Yeah, we were down, but started to move the puck in the third period and made sharp passes. We also have several lines which can score."

Down 3-1 early in the third, the Canucks tied it on goals by Pavol Demitra and Kevin Bieksa, and took the lead on Sedin's winner at 10:47.

Inside the Game
The Canucks managed just two wins in the month of January and lost eight-straight before earning their first win last Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Obviously we were in quite a long slump but we've found ways to win a few games and the confidence and the feeling in the room right now is pretty good, but it's a new challenge tomorrow night, you can't enjoy it for too long," said Mattias Ohlund.

The Canucks also rallied to beat St. Louis on Tuesday night. After an eight-game winless streak, Vancouver was won four in a row.

"It's not easy to come back against any team in this league," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "Now, we've done that in consecutive games, and our confidence is increasing."

Enver Lisin, who scored the only goal in Phoenix's win over Dallas on Wednesday night, put the Coyotes on the board at 2:20 of the first. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone, he neatly sidestepped Ohlund and Edler and put a wrist shot behind Roberto Luongo for his 10th of the season.

Kevin Bieksa
A goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating in 23:29 of ice time.
Henrik Sedin
Scored the game winner to help lift the Canucks to another comeback win.
Ed Jovanovski
Led all skaters playing almost 26 minutes and earned an assist. 
Phoenix's power play, next to last in the NHL, then clicked when Steven Reinprecht picked his 10th of the season, and first with the man advantage, with 4 minutes left in the opening period.

The Canucks cut the lead in half when defenseman Ohlund beat Ilya Bryzgalov from the blue line with 2:59 to go in the second period. The Coyotes answered when Derek Morris' shot beat Luongo just inside the right post with 33 seconds to go.

Demitra brought the Canucks within one, scoring on a wrist shot for this 15th of the season at 2:16 of the third period.

Shane O'Brien, who's been out of the lineup in the Canucks last four outings slotted back in tonight and immediately made an impact setting up Demitra's goal.

"Sami made a pretty good play to me at the line there and then I saw Demitra wide open so I just slid it over to him and that's a pretty good guy to give it to and he took care of the rest," he said. "I'm not going to lie to you, it felt pretty good."

He finished the night a plus-1 and improves to plus-8 overall this season - good for third best on the team. Bieksa  tied it at 8:22.

"We were caught sitting back," Morris said. "When you're a young team, like ours, it's tough to stay aggressive. You get up a few goals and think you have to sit on that. We need to be real aggressive and stay tight with teams."

Sedin eventually netted the winner, his 10th of the season, and third on the power play, with Morris in the penalty box for holding.

"We said in between the second and third that you have to win games every different way in this league and we came back in St. Louis and we did it again tonight," said O'Brien. "There's a lot of character in that room and we were just working hard and we deserve the two points tonight."

"I think in the third we went out there with the mentality that we're going to throw pucks on net and we won a couple big face offs in their end and had a couple set plays that worked out for us," said Bieksa. "Their goalie made some big saves, but when he's being peppered that much pucks are going to go in."

Phoenix has lost eight of its last 10 games.

"Every game counts for us," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We can't afford to have nights where we blow 3-1 leads in the final period."

The win moves Vancouver ahead of Dallas and Minnesota for sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Canucks fly to Dallas immediately following the game for their Friday the 13th match against the Stars.

Notes: The Coyotes assigned 19-year-old center Kyle Turris to San Antonio on Thursday, and recalled defenseman David Schlemko from the American Hockey League affiliate. Turris, the former University of Wisconsin star selected third overall in 2007, has six goals and 10 assists in 50 games this season. ... Mikkel Boedker missed his first game of the season, a healthy scratch. The Phoenix rookie has one point in his last six games. ... Ohlund scored his first goal since Jan. 1 against Nashville.
scoring summary
1st Period
Enver Lisin (10) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PHX
PPG - Steve Reinprecht (10) ASST: Daniel Carcillo (4), Joel Perrault (1)
2 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Mattias Ohlund (4) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (23), Daniel Sedin (29)
2 - 1 PHX
Derek Morris (5) ASST: Olli Jokinen (18), Ed Jovanovski (22)
3 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
Pavol Demitra (15) ASST: Shane O'Brien (8), Sami Salo (10)
3 - 2 PHX
Kevin Bieksa (8) ASST: Alexander Edler (21), Kyle Wellwood (6)
3 - 3 Tie
PPG - Henrik Sedin (10) ASST: Daniel Sedin (30), Sami Salo (11)
4 - 3 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Mattias Ohlund  Hi stick - double minor against  Steven Goertzen
Joakim Lindstrom  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Joakim Lindstrom
Alexander Edler  Holding against  Olli Jokinen
Joakim Lindstrom  Holding the stick against  Mattias Ohlund
2nd Period
Henrik Sedin  Diving against  Joakim Lindstrom
Joakim Lindstrom  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
3rd Period
Derek Morris  Holding against  Mats Sundin
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Steve Bernier
Joakim Lindstrom  Interference against  Alexandre Burrows
Ed Jovanovski  Unsportsmanlike conduct
Ed Jovanovski  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 1
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 32TOI: 58:46
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0