Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Burrows had two goals and the
Vancouver Canucks broke out of a scoring slump in a big way, rolling to a 7-1
victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
After mustering just 10 goals over their previous six games, the Canucks put
up three in the first period to back a 38-save effort from Ryan Miller. Three
of Vancouver’s scores on the night came on the power play, where the club had
gone 1-of-22 over its last seven outings.
Daniel Sedin and Brad Richardson had a goal and an assist in the rout, with
Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins and Shawn Matthias also lighting the lamp for the
Mike Smith lasted just over a period for Arizona before being pulled after
letting up four goals on 11 shots. Devan Dubnyk stopped 26-of-29 chances in
Oliver Ekman-Larsson accounted for the Coyotes’ lone goal as the visitors
dropped their seventh game in the last eight.
The Canucks beat Smith three times on just 10 shots in the opening period to
give Miller all the support he needed, with Burrows beginning the barrage 6:34
in by collecting a loose puck behind the Arizona net and stuffing it through
the Coyotes goaltender’s pads.
Bieksa made it 2-0 when he raced out of the penalty box to join a Vancouver
rush led by Henrik Sedin, who hit the defenseman in stride before Bieksa fired
the puck in from the left side with 2:43 to go in the first.
It was a three-goal margin at the first intermission after Daniel Sedin
knocked in a long rebound left by Smith on Radim Vrbata’s initial attempt.
Smith’s night then ended quickly in the second, when Richardson raced up the
right side and rocketed a shot into the top right corner with just 1:41
elapsed in the session.
Burrows got his second of the night on a Canucks power play, chipping in a
second-chance rebound while camped in front of the Coyotes net to make it 5-0
with 7:41 still remaining in the frame.
Arizona finally had a highlight later in the second, as Ekman-Larsson’s
wrister off a Sam Gagner feed got through a screened Miller with Arizona on a
Higgins and Matthias each scored on the power play 2:24 apart in the third to
finish off the lopsided win.
Henrik Sedin finished with two assists … Forward Jannik Hansen did not play
for Vancouver two days after temporarily collapsing on the bench in Saturday’s
game against Calgary … The Canucks were 3-for-8 on the power play … Miller
improved to 8-1-0 against the Coyotes for his career … The Canucks avenged a
5-0 loss to Arizona in Vancouver back on Nov. 14, in which Dubnyk recorded 35