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' 4-1 victory.
"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 slot.
Boucher, making his seventh consecutive start, has allowed three
first-period goals and five goals overall in his two games
since he recorded 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."
"What we've been talking about is our defensemen 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 King.
Brian Savage scored with 15:50 remaining for the Coyotes, whose
six-game unbeaten streak was snapped.
Sean Burke, the Coyotes' usual starting goalie, remained on
the bench for the seventh consecutive game. ... Naslund is second
in the league in goals, one behind Columbus' Rick Nash. ...
Phoenix's Ladislav Nagy left with an eye injury after he was
high-sticked by Sami Salo with 6:32 left in the second period. No
penalty was called on the play.