Sun, Nov 02, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Dan Cloutier nearly shuts out Coyotes down in Phoenix


The Vancouver Canucks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 as Dan Cloutier made 23 saves, holding an opponent to one goal for the second straight game.

Trevor Linden, Jiri Slegr, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund scored, and Todd Bertuzzi, Marek Malik and Magnus Arvedson had two assists each for the Canucks Friday.

Vancouver is unbeaten in seven games (5-0-2) following consecutive losses in its first two road contests. Cloutier had 37 saves Thursday in a 3-1 win at Los Angeles.

This time, he allowed a power-play goal to Ladislav Nagy in the second period.

Linden's goal 8:16 in made Vancouver the second NHL team to score first in its first 11 games. The record is 12.

Capitals 2, Thrashers 1

In Washington, Alexander Semin scored his first NHL goal to help Washington snap a six-game losing streak. Olaf Kolzig made 19 saves for Washington.

The Capitals won for the first time in three weeks, ending an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1). Their other win was a season-opening home victory over the New York Islanders.

Vyacheslav Kozlov gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead at 5:30 of the first period off assists from Ilya Kovalchuk and Marc Savard.

Matt Pettinger pulled the Capitals into a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal at 7:41 of the first.

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