Phoenix Coyotes @ Vancouver Canucks Recap: Crushed in Canada

Rich Lam

As the road preseason games continue, the Coyotes continue to look for direction after a 6-1 blasting North of the Border.

Following two straight road losses in Anaheim and San Jose, the Phoenix Coyotes preseason tour continued with a stop in Vancouver on Monday night.  The team turned to a lot of the youth, giving captain Shane Doan, offseason acquisition Mike Ribeiro, and veterans Zbynek Michalek and Mike Smith, the night off.

Those left to play started off the game well, winning physical battles on both ends of the rink and out muscling the Vancouver Canucks on many occasions. However, struggles in the face-off dot would haunt the Coyotes as Vancouver scored two late goals in the first period off of face-off victories. Christopher Higgins would capitalize off a Kyle Chipchura face-off loss by picking up the puck and beating Thomas Greiss with a snapshot from just below the left circle.  A little over two minutes later, Vancouver would score again with Jannik Hansen putting home a rebound, on the power play, after yet another Vancouver face-off win.

Down 2-0 entering the second, the Coyotes would respond quickly.  Martin Hanzal beat Roberto Luongo through the wickets with a snapshot on the power play 1:34 into the period to cut the Canucks' lead in half.  David Rundblad and Radim Vrbata added the assists.  Unfortunately, the Coyotes would get no closer as Yannick Weber would beat Greiss with a slap shot from above the right circle at the 11 minute mark of the 2nd.

Phoenix's woes continued in the third as they gave up goals to Mike Santorelli, Tom Sestito and Jason Garrison to make the final score a 6-1 loss.

Paw Prints

  • Even with the power play advantage in the game, the Coyotes were out shot 34-22.  The Coyotes didn't get more than eight shots in any period tonight.
  • The Coyotes started the game strong in the face-off circle, winning 10 of 18 in the first period.  The next two periods weren't as good as they would go 14 for 36.  What's more, the Coyotes only won 6 of 18 defensive zone face-offs for 33% on the evening.
  • On the plus side, the Coyotes kept the twins in check, as they only had one point, an assist for Henrik Sedin on the final Vancouver goal.
  • Keith Yandle and Oliver Ekman-Larsson led the Coyotes in ice time, playing 22:53 each.  OEL also had 4 shots on goal, tied with rookie Max Domi for the team lead.

Our Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jannik Hansen: Scored what would be the game winning goal on the power play and added an assist.
  2. Bo Horvat: The Vancouver 1st round pick had 2 assists and was a force in the circle, winning 8 of 10 face-offs.
  3. Alex Edler: Led the Canucks in ice time, added an assist and generally made life miserable for Coyotes forwards.

Comment of the Night

Boston Pizza is the official sports bar of the Canucks?

That is hilarious

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes look to bounce back against the Calgary Flames as the preseason road trip continues.  Face-off is 6 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday night.

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