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Dubnyk, Coyotes blank Canucks; Hanzal gets hat trick

by Kevin Woodley

VANCOUVER -- Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal really wasn't sure if his second goal Friday against the Vancouver Canucks would count, but there was no doubt about his third.

Hanzal completed his hat trick with two goals nine seconds apart late in the second period to lead Arizona to a 5-0 win at Rogers Arena.

With the Coyotes leading 1-0 despite being outshot 22-10, Hanzal reached out to deflect a rising shot past a stunned Ryan Miller with 4:35 left in the second period. Miller immediately signaled for a high stick, but the referees on the ice called it a goal and a lengthy video review was inconclusive, according to the NHL Situation Room.

"I thought it was 50-50," Hanzal said.

Hanzal may not have known how that call would go, but he ended any doubt which way the game was headed by completing his second career hat trick on the next shift.

After winning the faceoff, Hanzal was sent in on a 2-on-1 by Martin Erat, who had two assists. Hanzal held on to the puck as he cut down the right wing and fired a shot under Miller's blocker on the far side.

"That was pretty awesome," Hanzal said of his first hat trick since Dec. 4, 2008. "It's always nice when you score, but especially for us, we needed that win, and that was a huge win for us tonight."

Shane Doan scored with 2.7 seconds left in the second period, Keith Yandle scored on a power play with 2:23 left in the third, and goalie Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves to help the Coyotes bounce back from a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

"Those two quick goals were certainly a turning point," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said after his 200th win with the Coyotes, the most in franchise history. "We played a solid road game. After not playing very well last night, I liked how we played tonight. It's a positive sign. We've been waiting for some breaks and we got a few tonight."

The Coyotes also got a solid performance from Dubnyk, who was making his first start in six games and second in 12. He came in with a 2-0-1 record but a .879 save percentage after giving up five goals in his prior start, a 6-5 win against the Washington Capitals on Nov. 2. He left with his ninth career shutout, first since Dec. 27, 2013; three have come against the Canucks.

"I think it's just a familiar scenario coming in here," Dubnyk said. "It's never feel like I can sit back and relax, there is a lot of skill over there, but when your starts are spaced out, to have the familiarity of coming into a place like this is a bonus and you just have to use it as one."

Getting a lot of shots early in the game didn't hurt either, Dubnyk said, especially since most were from the outside.

"It's always nice to get a chance to find some pucks and feel it a little bit, and they got some early, so it helps," he said. "We did such a good job with the gaps and back pressure, there were no real difficult plays for me off the rush. That makes a huge difference too."

Miller appeared to have the opposite problem at the other end.

Vancouver outshot Arizona 35-22, but Miller was beaten on the third shot he faced and then on three straight shots to end the second period. He finished with 17 saves in his third loss of the season.

"Maybe (if) my positioning and my squaring off the puck (are) a little better it's a different kind of night," Miller said. "That's how close games can be sometimes."

This one wasn't supposed to be close.

The Canucks came into the game with a chance to take the top spot in the NHL standings and had top-line forward Radim Vrbata back after he had missed two games to injury. They were facing a Coyotes team that lost its third straight game Thursday and was in last place in the Western Conference.

And it looked early like it might be a lopsided game.

Arizona was outshot 12-3 in the opening period, but led 1-0 after Hanzal beat Miller with 4:04 left in the period. Yandle's pass off the rush from the right point hit Hanzal in stride at the left faceoff circle, and the Arizona center beat Miller short side with a quick shot.

Arizona got a scare when Yandle left late in the first period after he crashed feet-first into the end boards. But Yandle, who had two assists, returned early in the second period, and the Coyotes took over after Hanzal's second goal, which seemed to upset the Canucks even after the video review.

"Maybe a little bit rattled," Miller said of Hanzal's two quick goals. "Not the best response. But I want to make a save and make a difference, and it just didn't happen tonight."

Hanzal's two second-period goals were five seconds short of the franchise and NHL record for fastest goals, set by Deron Quint, who scored two goals four seconds apart against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 15, 1995.

"Our most important player is Martin Hanzal," Doan said. "When he's rolling, we're a better team, and he got rolling tonight."

Dubnyk got on a roll too, though the Canucks didn't test him with a lot of high-quality chances.

"Shots were 12-3 (in the first period), but I can't think of any scoring chances," Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "You can shoot from outside all you want, but in this league you're not going to score from there. We had a lot of shots, but we had no guys in front of the net and got no rebounds. That's not good enough."

Coach Willie Desjardins wasn't happy with how his team responded to Hanzal's second goal after the lengthy video review.

"If it was clearly a bad call, it would have showed it on the video," he said. "We thought it was a high stick, but things are going to happen in a game, good or bad, and we can't respond that way. We have to stay focused. We had to be better and we didn't handle it good."

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