For one of the few times this year, the Canucks successfully took a lead into the third period, and were able to hang on.
“We stayed focused and we learned from last game,” McCann said. “It was in our minds going into the game and going into the last period not to let it get away.”
The Canucks came out aggressive right out of the gates chasing out Coyotes goalie Mike Smith after he allowed two goals on three shots.
Jared McCann scored early at the 1:56 into the game, adding to his 4 previous goals on the year and maintaining his position as the Canucks leading scorer so far this season. Forward Alex Burrows followed McCann’s goal by scoring at the 4:26 mark of the first period.
Brendan Gaunce, who made his NHL debut Thursday, scored his first goal in the League on a fortuitous bounce to put the Canucks ahead 3-0 at 10:59. Defenseman Christopher Tanev‘s shot from the point hit Lindback and then Gaunce’s skate before sliding into the net.
“It counted, that’s all that matters. I was just standing there and lucky it hit off me,” said Gaunce
Heading into the second period the Coyotes were facing a 3-0 deficit, but quickly made things interesting. Forward Max Domi scored at the 5:50 mark to make it 3-1 for the Arizona Coyotes, and at the 17:04 mark, teammate Steve Downie made it 3-2, and all of a sudden we had a game.
The script seemed all too familiar for the Canucks but it was their veterans who would calm the storm.
Daniel Sedin scored his second goal in the past nine games 64 seconds after Downie’s goal to make it 4-2 Vancouver heading to the third.
The Coyotes late comeback fell short as the Canucks were able to add one more goal at the 17:39 mark of the third period when Tobias Rieder scored after the Coyotes pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.
In the end, the Canucks held on for 4-3 road win, and now sit at 5-2-4 on the season while the coyotes dropped to 5-5-1.
Next up: The Canucks return home for a Monday match-up with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Written by: Hamed Amiri