GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi made themselves
right at home in the Phoenix Coyotes' new arena.
The Vancouver Canucks won their eighth straight road game Tuesday night,
with Naslund scoring two goals and Bertuzzi adding a pair of assists and
helping set up a third goal with his work in front of the net in the Canucks'
"The guys in this room look to us to lead the team offensively and play
smart defensively," Bertuzzi said. "It's important for us to set a good
precedent for the other guys to follow."
Vancouver opened the scoring at 6:42 of the first period when Bertuzzi
flipped the puck toward Phoenix goalie Brian Boucher from the side of the net.
Boucher couldn't control the puck, which bounced off the ice and was batted
into the net by Naslund.
Jovanovski made it 2-0 just over three minutes later when he took advantage
of Bertuzzi's screen just in front of the crease to beat Boucher from the high
"Brendan (Morrison) and I would like to score some more," Bertuzzi said.
"But as long as we're contributing to the offense and Nassy is continuing with
the goals, what's there to complain about."
Boucher, making his seventh consecutive start, has allowed three
first-period goals and five scores overall in his last two games since
recording five consecutive shutouts.
"We lost the game in the first period," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.
"We were flat. We didn't have much emotion. There was just nothing there."
Ed Jovanovski and Daniel Sedin added power-play goals for the Canucks, 6-2-1
in their last nine games overall.
"What we've been talking about is our defenseman have to get their shots
through," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "Then if we have the battles we
want in front of the net, the goals will get through. Our power-play doesn't
need to be complicated."
Naslund earned an assist on Jovanovski's goal and added his team-leading
24th goal, an empty-netter with 34 seconds remaining, to raise his NHL-leading
point total to 52.
Sedin scored 1:34 into the third period, one-timing a backhand pass by Jason
Brian Savage scored with 15:50 remaining for the Coyotes, whose six-game
unbeaten streak was snapped.