Jordan Schroeder played Johnny on the Spot poking a loose puck into the Phoenix net midway through the third period, his third career goal counted as his second game-winner as the Vancouver Canucks tamed the Coyotes 2-1 Thursday night at the Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix.
A night of unlikely scoring heroes began with Chris Tanev putting his second career goal past Mike Smith 6:32 into the first period. The score remained 1-0 Canucks through 20 minutes.
A scoreless second period led to a tense third frame, one that opened with a Coyotes power play goal 2:26 in. It was anyone's game at that point with the teams playing end-to-end hockey; get the puck on net and good things happen they say and that's just what Jannik Hansen did. He started a scramble in the Phoenix crease that ended by Schroeder giving the Canucks the lead and their second straight win.
The Canucks are in Los Angeles Saturday for a matinee affair with the Kings.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Press box spaghetti instead of press box popcorn? Sure. Why the heck not.
Tweet of the Night - "Andrew Gordon out for warmup wearing No. 44. Somewhere, Todd Bertuzzi is pissed. #Canucks" - @BradZiemer. It was time for a change. I'm a Bertuzzi fan, always have been, but it's time someone else sported double fours.
This and that - Daniel Sedin left the game briefly after being cut from a collision with Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, but did return like the tough mudder he is; the Coyotes were credited with 24 hits in the first period to Vancouver's four, final hits were - GET THIS - 50-19 for Phoenix. YAAAAAAAA OKAY.
Men down - Chris Higgins was unable to play because of a sore back and Steve Pinizzotto wasn't feeling well so he didn't dress either. Uh oh. The Canucks recalled Andrew Gordon to fill one forward spot and defence man Keith Ballard filled the other. How did Ballard fair? Bally played 11:39 and had one shot and two hits. He can stay a forward.
Fans, fans in the stands - It was basically a home game for the Canucks Thursday night in Phoenix as Jobing.com Arena was taken over by Vancouver fans. Big shout out to the North Shore Twins, a high level baseball team from Vancouver who traveled to Phoenix for the game.