Burrows scores 2 goals, Canucks top Coyotes 7-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alex Burrows scored twice and Ryan Miller made 38 saves as the Vancouver Canucks hammered the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 on Monday night.
Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Shawn Matthias also scored for Vancouver (20-11-2), which won its second straight. Miller improved to 18-7.
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the lone goal for the reeling Coyotes (11-18-4), who have one win in eight games.
Coyotes starter Mike Smith, who entered with one win in his last 12 starts, struggled and was replaced early in the second after giving up four goals on 11 shots.
Devan Dubnyk came on in relief and made 26 saves for Arizona.
Despite making a save on Derek Dorsett from in all alone early in the game, Smith had a tough first period.
Burrows worked the puck from the corner boards and banked it in off Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone to open the scoring at 6:34. The Canucks made it 2-0 at 17:17 when Henrik Sedin found Bieksa alone, and the defenseman put an easy one past Smith.
The lead grew to three goals two minutes later when Smith gave up a rebound off Radim Vrbata's long shot, and Daniel Sedin swooped in front to bat the puck in for his eighth of the season.
Less than two minutes into the second, on Vancouver's first shot of the period, Richardson carried the puck down the ice and fired it past Smith on the glove side to make it 4-0.
That brought in Dubnyk, who beat the Canucks 5-0 in the last meeting between the teams on Nov. 14. He was immediately put to work with Vancouver getting two power play. The second was converted at 12:19 when Burrows scored another goal by banking the puck off an Arizona defenseman standing in front.
The Coyotes got on the board soon after when Ryan Stanton was off for high-sticking. Ekman-Larsson wristed a shot past Miller at 15:03 for his eighth goal.
The Canucks were back on the man advantage six minutes into the third when Higgins took a pass from Linden Vey from behind the net and scored at 7:09 for a 6-1 lead. Matthias added another power-play goal just over two minutes later.
Vancouver went 3-for-6 on the power play.
NOTES: Canucks RW Jannik Hansen, who collapsed on the bench Saturday after taking a big hit during the second period of Vancouver's win over Calgary, was expected to play against Arizona, but he was pulled before the game for further medical evaluation. ... The Canucks and Coyotes will meet three more times this season.