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Canucks Late Push Falls Short Against The Coyotes

The Canucks fell behind early, and were able to mount a late push but ultimately came short as they lost 3-2 to Shane Doan and his Phoenix Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored twice to extend his franchise record to 383 career goals, and rookie Laurent Dauphin scored his first NHL goal.

The scoring was opened up in the second period when Doan scored his first goal of the game at the 6:55 mark off a deflection from his skate.

The Canucks would tie it up briefly in the second period when Bo Horvat scored with 6:19 left in the period, ending a 27-game personal drought dating back to Nov. 2 and a nine-game, 0-for-20 slump for the Canucks power play. It was just his third goal on the year.

Laurent Dauphin restored the Coyotes’ lead 19 seconds later by scoring in his third NHL game. He was stopped in the slot after carrying the puck up ice, but the rebound bounced to Markstrom’s right and Rieder’s attempt went back through the crease for Dauphin to tap in.

Doan would extend the lead to 3-1 on his second goal of the game after he knocked a rebound off a power play shot 1:13 into the third.

A little over three minutes later Daniel Sedin cut the lead to 3-2 scoring his 17th goal of the year at the 4:41 mark.

The Canucks were lucky Daniel Sedin was able to return from a bloody scene earlier in the game. Sedin, the team’s leading scorer, left three minutes into the game after Stone batted a loose puck out of the air in his own end and right into Sedin’s mouth, knocking out some teeth. After a brief, bloody stop at the bench, Sedin went to the locker room.

Jacob Markstrom was once again in net making 27 saves for the Canucks (15-16-9).

Up next: The Canucks look to regroup against the Caroline Hurricanes Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.

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