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Arizona Coyotes humbled by Vancouver Canucks in 4-1 home loss

Mike Smith didn’t look good, the offense didn’t look good. Really nothing looked good.

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With an opportunity to avenge a rough loss in Vancouver, the Arizona Coyotes couldn’t muster much of a challenge.

Mike Smith was replaced mid-game after allowing four goals as the Arizona Coyotes fell 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night at Gila River Arena.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Vancouver - The Canucks got on the board early in the first after Oliver Ekman-Larsson made an errant clearing attempt. OEL’s outlet pass was not along the boards, and as a result Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi had the inside track on Mike Smith, that culminated in Baertschi’s second goal of the season. Assist to Horvat on the goal at 3:08.

Second Period

1-1 Tie - The Coyotes got a tying goal quickly in the second period, as Christian Dvorak re-directed from just above the crease an Anthony DeAngelo point shot. The puck went down beneath Ryan Miller’s left arm for Dvorak’s second of the year. Assists to DeAngelo and Alex Goligoski on the goal at :58.

2-1 Vancouver - Two and a half minutes later, the Canucks answered back, as Loui Eriksson was allowed to skate in completely unmarked to the top of the crease. Markus Granlund centered the puck from below the net for Eriksson to swat into the net. Assists to Granlund and Luca Sbisa at 3:18.

3-1 Vancouver - Less than thirty seconds later, the Canucks doubled their lead as Bo Horvat had a step on Anthony DeAngelo down the middle of the ice. Alexandre Burrows shoveled a centering pass to Horvat, who stuffed it home on Smith. Assists to Burrows and Sven Baertschi on the goal at 3:35.

4-1 Vancouver - Alexandre Burrows ended Mike Smith’s night after an otherwise innocuous shot from the far-side boards near the goal line went clean through Mike Smith’s legs. Assists to Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat on the goal at 6:49.

Third Period

No goals and no penalties in the third period as neither team seemed to be able to get much going. That of course, was just fine for the Canucks.

Three Answers

  1. Does Christian Dvorak get the Brad Richardson gig? - Dvorak spent most of the night with Jamie McGinn and Anthony Duclair, which are the last linemates Dylan Strome had before his demotion. Dvorak will likely stay in the middle six for the foreseeable future.
  2. Can the Coyotes reduce the shot count? - The Coyotes only allowed 27 shots tonight, but 21 of those shots came through the first two periods before the game fell largely out of reach.
  3. Can Oliver Ekman-Larsson get his mojo back? - OEL’s turnover in the first period led to Vancouver’s first goal. It was not a memorable performance for anybody on the Coyotes, Ekman-Larsson included.

Players of the Game

Vancouver - Bo Horvat - The young Canucks’ winger had a goal and two assists on the night. Horvat’s line gave the Coyotes fits for the entire night.

Arizona - Christian Dvorak - He scored Arizona’s lone goal, so he had that going for him.

Paw Prints

  • For more on the Vancouver Canucks, check out Nucks Misconduct.
  • Jakob Chychrun was a healthy scratch for the second time in as many weeks.
  • Louis Domingue stopped 10 out of 10 shots in relief of Mike Smith. He played 33:11.
  • Each team only received two power plays on the night, with neither team able to convert.
  • All Coyotes players played at least ten minutes.

Looking Ahead

Arizona spends Thanksgiving Day at home before taking on the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night at Gila River Arena at 7 PM Arizona time.