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The Goods: Canucks fall in Phoenix

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix.

…Phoenix forward Lauri Korpikoski beat Roberto Luongo with a wrist shot stick side in the shootout to give the Coyotes a 3-2 win over the Canucks.

Korpikoski was the lone player to find the back of the net in the one-on-one battle as teammates Radim Vrbata and Peter Mueller and Vancouver forwards Kyle Wellwood, Mason Raymond and Mikael Samuelsson all came up short.

The loss snaps Vancouver’s three-game winning streak, but the Canucks still earned a single point, their first bonus marker of the season, in the overtime loss.

After a scoreless opening period, the Canucks and Coyotes exchanged goals 49 seconds apart with Ed Jovanovski putting Phoenix up 1-0 before Mikael Samuelsson evened the score.

A late Petr Prucha goal had the Coyotes ahead 2-1 going into the third and with a record of 17-1-0 when leading after 40 minutes, this game seemed all but over.

Alex Edler and Kyle Wellwood came together to ensure the Canucks made a game of it with 6:12 remaining in the third. Wellwood tipped an Edler point shot past Jason LaBarbera, which led to overtime and the eventual Coyotes win, their record 10th straight on home ice.

This was the fourth time this season the Canucks came up short in trying to string together four straight wins.

Two nights after collecting the game-winner against the Calgary Flames, Kyle Wellwood was back on the scoresheet for the Canucks, this time scoring to ensure Vancouver snatched at least a single point in Phoenix.

The stage was set for anyone to step up with the Canucks trailing by a single goal late in the third period and leave it to Wellwood, the media punching bag, to come through again.

The tying goal was initially credited to Edler, who let a laser shot fly from the left point, but upon slowing things down to a turtle crawl, it became clear Wellwood and his sweet touch made the net bulge.

Wellwood has three points (2-1-0) in his last four games and has four goals and six assists for 10 points this season.

Two days after being left off the Swedish Olympic team, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler each expressed their frustration by picking up a point.

Samuelsson, the player most vocal about not being selected, had Vancouver’s first goal just 49 seconds after Ed Jovanovski opened the scoring. Off a turnover at centre, Samuelsson maneuvered down the right wing and patiently allowed Darcy Hordichuk to set up a screen in front before ripping a shot through traffic.

Edler, who was hoping to make his first Olympic appearance, was the mastermind behind the game-tying goal as he flicked a puck on goal that likely would have found the back of the net even without Wellwood.

The Canucks have 21 games before the start of the 2010 Olympics, that gives this pair plenty of time to show the Swedish big wigs they messed up in leaving them off the team.

The Canucks collected their first single point of the season on this night and they certainly deserved it. The odds were not with them in winning the shootout, however, as statistically the extra session has not been kind to Vancouver.

In 45 games decided by shootout, Vancouver sits 21st in the league with a 20-25 record with only 49 goals for. It doesn’t matter if the Canucks are at home or on the road, their shootout stats are practically identical in both scenarios.

Four players have shot for the Canucks this season: Ryan Kesler (2-for-2), Mikael Samuelsson (1-for-2), Kyle Wellwood (1-for-2) and Mason Raymond (0-for-2).

Kyle Wellwood on his fourth goal of the season and the play of the Canucks:

“I was kind of skating away from the play and Edler got it along the wall and it was rolling on him and he just threw it at me. I was fortunate to tip it and get it over the goalie’s shoulder.”

“They’re a good team over there. I thought we played a real strong road game, there was a couple breaks, a guy breaking his stick and Bieksa was kind of hurt there on there other goal, we felt we played strong enough to win. We generated enough chances here to win, but they stuck with their game plan and won in a shootout.”

The Canucks are now 1-0-1 on their four game road trip with a New Year’s Eve match in St. Louis on the horizon.

Facing the Blues has resulted in nothing but pain for the Canucks this season. Vancouver is 0-2-0 having been outscored 9-2 thus far.



NUMBERS

0 – Goals for the Canucks in the shootout.

1
– Goal for for Kyle Wellwood, he's got four on the season.

10 – Straight home wins for the streaking Phoenix Coyotes.

25 – Saves for Roberto Luongo.

25:32 – Ice time for Christian Ehrhoff, who led all Canucks.

OFFENCE

The Canucks get points for coming up with the tying goal, but you can't help but feel like they left a point in Phoenix.

Mikael Samuelsson, Tanner Glass and Alex Burrows each had four shots on goal for the Canucks.

Vancouver outshot Phoenix 30-25.

DEFENCE

Kevin Bieksa left the game in the second period and did not return, that forced the five remaining D-men to step up. They did just that.

Roberto Luongo played well, but he was outdone by former backup Jason LaBarbera in the shootout.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks had a chance to win this game late in regulation and early in overtime with Ed Jovanovski in the box, but too few shots on goal carried this game into a shootout.

Vancouve was 0-for-4 on the power play; Phoenix finished 1-for-4.

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