To say that the second half of the season hasn’t gotten off to a good start for the Coyotes would be a major understatement. After blowing a three-goal second period last night, the Coyotes got blown out tonight by the Canucks 6-0 in a game where it was never close.
Alexandre Burrows would get the scoring under way at the four-minute mark in the first period. The goal was Burrows 13th on the season. The Coyotes played pretty well from that point on during the first 16 minutes or so of the period. They actually outshot the Canucks during the period, 9-8. Phoenix had a couple of great scoring chances, but Roberto Luongo came up with some big saves.
Things were much different during the next two periods though with the Canucks outshooting the Yotes 25-14 in the final 40 minutes of the game. They also dominated the possession of the puck. Jannick Hansen scored not even two minutes in into the second period and nearly 10 minutes later Cody Hodgson scored his first career goal on a shot that should have been stopped by Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov’s struggles would continue on during the third period with giving up two goals before being pulled out of the game by Dave Tippett. Ryan Kesler made a beautiful move to score on his first of two goals in the period. Mason Raymound’s goal five minutes later finally chased Bryzgalov from the game. Kesler would get his second goal of the period a couple of minutes before the end of the period to end the scoring on the night for his Canucks.
With this loss, the Coyotes now have gone winless in their last five tries at home with their last victory coming on Jan. 15. The Yotes will try to snap that losing skid Saturday night against the Minnesota wild. The puck will drop at 6 p.m.