ONE – Antoine Vermette, Coyotes. One goal, one assist, plus-3 and a stupendous 15-for-19 on faceoffs.
TWO – Mikkel Boedker, Coyotes. One goal, one assist, plus-2.
THREE – Jason Garrison, Canucks. One goal, five shots, 1 blocked shot.
PIVOTAL POINT – Midway through the third period with the Coyotes clinging to their 2-1 lead, Mikkel Boedker beat Alex Edler along the right wing boards to create a 2-on-1 with Antoine Vermette, whose shot snuck through Cory Schneider's equipment for the vital third goal and one that proved to be the game winner.
BY THE NUMBERS – The Canucks' record against teams outside the Northwest Division tumbled to 4-5-3... The Coyotes improved to 6-0-1 when leading after 40 minutes... Zack Kassian has gone 12 games without a goal and is minus-6 in his last seven games. Jordan Schroeder has one assist in his last eight games. Both played for American League's Chicago Wolves during the lockout... The Canucks' sellout streak reached 417.
IN THE CIRCLE – The Coyotes dominated the Canucks on faceoffs, winning 59 per cent (36-for-61), and were led by Vermette at 79 per cent. Boyd Gordon was 14-for-24. Ryan Kesler was v-for-17, Henrik Sedin 8-for-20 and Jordan Schroeder 5-for-14. The only Canuck centreman above .500 was Max Lapierre at 5-for-8.
DID YOU NOTICE? With the score still 0-0 in the first, the puck was loose in the Phoenix crease and Boyd Gordon couldn't find it in his feet. As Canuck Jannik Hansen moved in for a possible tap-in, Gordon simply played the man and the scoring chance evaporated.
QUOTABLE: ”Raffi still has to be a hard player to play against but we've talked about taking some of the recklessness out of his game. He was taking himself out of position to look for some big hits and he's been able to take these out of his game.” – Phoenix coach Dave Tippett on repeat offender Raffi Torres, who completed a 21-game suspension this season that he received during last season's playoffs. Torres has only five minutes in penalties this season, a fight in his first game against Chicago. He has gone 10 straight games without a penalty.
IN THE PRESS BOX: Canuck defenceman Kevin Bieksa missed his second straight game with a groin strain. (“He's day-to-day, coming along,” said Canuck coach Alain Vigneault.) The Coyotes were without four injured players: blueliners Derek Morris and David Schlemko, centre Martin Hanzal and right winger Radim Vrbata.
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