Canucks top Coyotes 2-1 on Schroeder's late goal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2013 at 12:56 am •  Published: March 22, 2013
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The Canucks appeared to lose another forward in the second period when Daniel Sedin left for the locker room after a hard collision with Smith, but he returned later in the period and helped Vancouver pull out the victory.

"If you're going to win, you need different types of contributions," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

The defensive-minded Coyotes have struggled to score for years, but their latest can't-put-it-in-the-net run was ugly even for them.

Starting with a 3-0 loss at St. Louis on March 14, Phoenix went 245 minutes, 32 seconds and 133 straight shots without scoring a goal. The Coyotes were shut out three straight games for the first time in the franchise's 33-year NHL history and four straight games on the road, the first time that's happened since the Oakland Seals went goal-less in four straight in 1967-68.

Phoenix finally saw a glimmer of hope in its last game, even though it was a loss.

The Coyotes were sparked by Doan, who scored two goals in the third period and finished with 13 hits and 11 shots, the first NHL player to have nine-or-more shots and 11-or-more hits in a game.

Phoenix generated some good opportunities early against Vancouver, but had trouble getting shots off with the Canucks doing a good job of getting their sticks in the way. Anything that got on net, Schneider was there to turn away.

The Coyotes also couldn't get out of their own way.

Vermette negated most of a penalty by Vancouver's Kevin Bieska in the second period by getting called for hooking 40 seconds later. The Coyotes also failed to take full advantage of a 5-minute major on Alexander Edler — for charging Smith — after Doan and Hanzal were called for consecutive penalties.

"Those are penalties you can't have when your margin of error is so slim," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

Phoenix managed to tie it in the third when Vermette punched in a rebound of a hard shot by Radim Vrbata caromed off Schneider and the crossbar.

The Coyotes continued to pressure Vancouver, but couldn't get anything past Schneider. Phoenix has scored three goals in five games.

"As a group, we have to be better," Doan said.

NOTES: Vermette's goal was Phoenix's first on the power play in four games. ... The Canucks are 11-4-4 when scoring first. ... Vancouver's Henrik Sedin played his 611th consecutive game. Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester is the only active player with more at 616.