Canucks Down Coyotes


Adrian Aucoin showed the Phoenix Coyotes what to do when a team is down.

Touching off a three-goal spurt in a 1:43 span, he led the Vancouver Canucks past the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Friday night.

"When a team is down, you've got to kick them," Aucoin said.

Aucoin scored in a 4-on-4 situation with 8:08 left in the second period. Alexander Mogilny flipped a pass from the left circle to Aucoin in the right circle, and he beat Coyotes goaltender Mikhail Shtalenkov.

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  • Markus Naslund got the next goal 31 seconds later, shooting while moving across the slot. Peter Schaefer got the third goal 1:12 later with a wrist shot.

    Greg Adams and Mike Alatalo scored for Phoenix, which lost for the second time in seven home games.

    "We were working hard and getting some good opportunities," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "We had about 10 good chances before we scored. It was a matter of time. We were dominant then."

    Phoenix controlled play in the first period, outshooting the Canucks 18-5, but Vancouver goaltender Kevin Weekes stopped a point-blank shot by Adams.

    Adams brought the puck into the offensive zone and beat Weekes with a backhander from just right of the crease with 3:20 left in the second period.

    Alatalo pulled the Coyotes within a goal midway through the third period, scoring off a pass across the slot from Shane Doan.

    "Weekes was the key. He gave us the chance to win," Crawford said. "It's nice to get some offense to go along with that goaltending."

    Weekes finished with 33 saves. Shtalenkov made 18 stops.

    "They lulled us in the early stages of the second period and they jumpd on us," said Phoenix coach Bob Francis. "Their goaltender played well."

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