The Phone Rings On
The Canucks jumped out to an early lead over the Coyotes on Wednesday but couldn’t carry it into the second period, blowing their two-goal advantage by the first intermission on their way to a 5-4 loss at Rogers Arena.
Alain Vigneault’s new line configurations managed to develop early chemistry against the Coyotes, resulting in 43 total shots generated as a team.
The Hat Trick
Burrows Better Off
Alex Burrows was the greatest beneficiary from Alain Vigneault’s new alignment on Wednesday, a stunning statement considering his previous position alongside the Sedin twins.
Burrows opened the scoring only minutes into the opening period against Phoenix, putting home a centering pass from new linemate Jannik Hansen for his 24th goal of the season.
Burrows also tallied the second assist on Ryan Kesler’s power play goal later in the first period, rounding out an extremely effective game for the dynamic forward.
Doan’s Dandy Move
When it comes to dynamic forwards, no one has done it better for longer than Shane Doan in the desert.
The captain carried his team again on Wednesday, solidifying the comeback with a patient toe-drag around Roberto Luongo that put the puck in the crease before being stuffed home to tie the game.
Doan generated five shots against the Canucks on Wednesday and earned a late assist on Antoine Vermette’s game-winning goal.
Long Night for Luongo
Roberto Luongo was lit-up statistically by the Coyotes but continues to lack the support from his blue line around the net.
The visitors were given free passes towards the Canucks’ crease on Wednesday, allowing the Coyotes to capitalize on a number of long rebounds from Luongo.
Phoenix’ fourth goal of the game was especially unfortunate for Luongo, who appeared to have the net covered in front of Taylor Pyatt but couldn’t account for a bank-shot off the face of the former Vancouver Giant.
Alain Vigneault managed to coax some signs of life out of his hockey team, but the Canucks continue to fall short of playing a complete sixty minutes, resulting in another disappointing loss at Rogers Arena.
While it was nice to see a number of scoring slumps bumped on Wednesday, the Canucks continue to struggle with playing a complete game.
A much more consistent effort will be necessary come playoff time, and Alain Vigneault’s team only has a few games remaining to rectify those issues.
“Well, we scored four goals, we let in five. I don’t know, you tell me you had the view.” Kevin Bieksa didn’t know what to make of Vancouver’s high-scoring loss to the Coyotes.
1st. Ray Whitney – GOALS: 0| PTS: 3| ASST: 3 SOG: 0| PLUS/MINUS: 1
2nd. Alexandre Burrows – GOALS: 1| PTS: 2| ASST: 1 SOG: 6| PLUS/MINUS: 1
3rd. Antoine Vermette – GOALS: 1| PTS: 3| ASST: 2 SOG: 5| PLUS/MINUS: 2
Phoenix 5, Vancouver 4
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Stephen Walkom, Tom Kowal
Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Don Henderson