Coyotes hang on to deny Canucks a home victory

Reuters and AP, SUNRISE, Florida

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 - Page 19

Phoenix center Kyle Chipchura scored twice as the Coyotes beat Vancouver 4-2 on Tuesday to prolong the Canucks’ troubles at home.

Chipchura netted the first and last goals of the game, giving the visitors a lead in the opening period before closing the door on Vancouver in the final seconds of the third.

The Coyotes had recently blown leads in close losses to Edmonton and Calgary, but were able to hold on against the Canucks.

“We’re a team that usually hangs on to leads pretty well and we coughed up two on this trip,” Chipchura told reporters.

“We looked at it like we could get three points out of this [three-game road] swing and make it a decent trip,” he added.

Mikkel Boedker scored in the second and Antoine Vermette in the third to provide a 3-1 advantage for the Coyotes (9-7-3), who held firm behind Mike Smith’s 29 saves.

The Canucks (10-5-4), who lead the Northwest Division, dropped a third consecutive home game and were unable to rebound positively from Sunday’s 8-3 blowout at the hands of Detroit.

Vancouver got on the board through Jason Garrison’s slap shot, and again pulled within a goal in the third behind Henrik Sedin’s score, but they could not find an equalizer.

Cory Schneider made 18 saves in the defeat and left unhappy with his recent performances.

“I’m kind of tired of playing like an average goalie, it’s getting ridiculous now,” Schneider said. “You got to make some big saves to give your team a chance to at least get a point.”

PANTHERS 6, PENGUINS 4

In Sunrise, Florida, Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat-trick and Tomas Fleischmann had the go-ahead score for his 100th career goal, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 6-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Brian Campbell and Marcel Goc also scored, and Fleischmann added two assists for the Panthers. Scott Clemmensen stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third after replacing Jose Theodore during the second intermission. Theodore stopped 15 of 19 shots through the first and second periods.

Chris Kunitz, Dustin Jeffrey, Paul Martin and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Mark Andre-Fleury made 12 saves for Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby had two assists.

Kopecky, who has six goals in his last six games, scored his third of the game on an empty-netter from his own blue line that made the score 6-4 with one minute left.

BRUINS 4, ISLANDERS 1

In Uniondale, New York, Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Boston beat New York for the 16th time in the last 20 meetings.

Adam McQuaid, David Krejci and Greg Campbell also scored for the Bruins (12-2-2), who won their fourth straight to bolster their best start since the 1976-1977 season.

All four victories have come on the road, where the Bruins are 8-1-1.

Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who are a league-worst 2-8 at home.

Boston are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games against the Islanders, who remain in the basement of the Atlantic Division.

In other play, it was:

‧ Sabres 2, Lightning 1

‧ Capitals 3, Hurricanes 0

‧ Stars 5, Blue Jackets 4, OT

‧ Jets 4, Rangers 3

‧ Wild 2, Flames 1, OT

‧ Sharks 3, Avalanche 2, SO