Canucks grind out win over Coyotes
Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period, Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Phoenix...
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period, Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night.
Schneider allowed a tying goal to Antoine Vermette in the third period, but Schroeder put the Canucks back up by punching in a rebound after a redirect by Jannik Hansen trickled past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera.
"Once I saw it sitting on the goal line my eyes lit up," Schroeder told the Vancouver Sun. "I put it in and I was hoping they weren't going to say high stick or anything. Fortunately, they didn't.
"It was kind of an ugly road win, and that's what we need. We need those types of wins and Schneids played great. It was a good team win."
Christopher Tanev also scored and Schneider made some big saves down the stretch, including a semi breakaway by Martin Hanzal, to secure Vancouver's fourth win in six games.
LaBarbera stopped 14 shots in the third period after replacing injured starter Mike Smith for the Coyotes, who have lost five straight.
The Canucks have been hit hard by injuries, losing center Manny Malhotra for the season to an eye injury and center Ryan Kesler since the start of March with shoulder and wrist injuries.
The list has gotten longer recently.
Left wing Chris Higgins was out against the Coyotes after tweaking his back, and wingers Steve Pinizzotto (illness) and Zack Kassian (back) didn't make the trip to the desert. Left wing David Booth also missed his third straight game with a leg injury, leaving Vancouver with 11 healthy forwards.
Vancouver got the first goal when Tanev converted a wrister from the slot in the first period after taking a pass from Mason Raymond and waiting for two colliding players in front to clear.
The Canucks appeared to lose another forward in the second period when Daniel Sedin left after a hard collision with Smith, but Sedin returned later in the period.
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• The Carolina Hurricanes activated left wing Tuomo Ruutu from the injured list and claimed former first-round draft pick Zach Boychuk off waivers.
• The NHL suspended Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul for two games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.