National Hockey League
Phoenix 2, Vancouver 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Where: Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Referees: Ian Walsh, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Steve Miller, Jean Morin
Attendance: 16691

COYOTES 2, CANUCKS 1 (SO): Ray Whitney tied the game in the third period and scored the decisive goal in the shootout as Phoenix edged Vancouver for its seventh straight home victory.

Mike Smith made 39 saves while allowing fewer than two goals for the eighth time during his 11-game winning streak. The Pacific Division-leading Coyotes improved to 11-0-1 in February.

Canucks All-Star defenseman Alex Edler's power-play goal in the first period held up until midway through the third, when Whitney netted the equalizer.

Cory Schneider stopped All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle's blast from the red line, but Whitney outraced a defender for the rebound and backhanded it between the goaltender's pads to extend his points streak to six games.

Following a scoreless overtime, Whitney beat Schneider high to the glove side on the Coyotes' first shootout attempt. Smith denied Edler and Mason Raymond before Mikkel Boedker clinched the win with his third goal in four shootout chances this season.

Just 10 seconds after Phoenix defenseman Michal Rozsival was sent off for hooking at 14:46 of the first, Vancouver cashed in to take the lead. Edler unleashed a shot from along the right-wing boards that deflected off two defenders before getting past Smith.

Schneider stopped 34 shots for the Canucks, who concluded a 3-1-2 road trip.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Whitney has recorded at least one point in 14 of his last 15 games. ... Edler's goal was his first in 20 contests. ... Vancouver has earned at least one point in 11 of its last 12 road matches (8-1-3) and 17 of 18 overall (12-1-5). ... The victory was Smith's first in three career meetings with the Canucks.

Top Game Performances
Vancouver   Phoenix
Alexander Edler 1 Points Ray Whitney 1
Alexander Edler 1 Goals Ray Whitney 1
Sami Salo 1 Assists Adrian Aucoin 1
Alexander Edler 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cory Schneider .971 Save Percentage Mike Smith .975
Cory Schneider 34 Saves Mike Smith 39
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 40 1 1-3 4-4 10 27
Phoenix 35 2 0-4 2-3 8 37
Upcoming Games
  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Calgary. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .485 after a win and .567 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Canucks have a W/L % of .585 after a win and .696 after a loss.