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Vancouver Canucks 2, Phoenix Coyotes 3

By Dave Vest
The Coyotes officially reached the midway point of their season in dramatic, record-setting fashion on Tuesday night.

Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera made 28 saves in 65 minutes and did not allow a goal in the shootout as Phoenix beat the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, at Arena.

Lauri Korpikoski, known primarily for his penalty killing this season, scored a third-round shootout goal for the Coyotes, who set a team record with their 10th consecutive home victory. The franchise entered the NHL in the 1979-80 season as the Winnipeg Jets and then moved to Phoenix in 1996.

Vancouver entered the game with a three-game winning streak and was rested after spending a non-game day in Phoenix on Monday. Ironically, the Coyotes (25-13-3) played and lost a 3-2 shootout at San Jose Monday night.

"I'm just proud of how hard the guys competed," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I mean, you've got Vancouver on a winning streak, sitting here last night watching our game on TV. We played a hard, hard game in San Jose and we come back here and the guys muster up that kind of effort, it makes our whole coaching staff very proud."

Tuesday’s game was not for those with glass chins as the teams combined for 50 hits. Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski and captain Shane Doan threw their bodies at Canucks seemingly all night. Their aggressive approach helped set the tone and set up Phoenix’s first goal.

Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata was briefly shaken but not seriously injured when Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows inexplicably slashed him behind his right knee with 11:10 left in the second period. Tippett, who said he’d witnessed Burrows do a similar maneuver while he was coaching the Dallas Stars, labeled the play “a cheap shot" and was extremely pleased the Coyotes made Burrows pay for the slash by scoring a goal on the ensuing power play.

Jovanovski lit the lamp at 10:00 of the second period with a tricky shot around traffic and past Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who lost his stick moments earlier.

The teams then traded even-strength goals in the second period, and Phoenix led 2-1 after 40 minutes. Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood sent the game into overtime by scoring a goal at 13:48 of the third period.

Only Korpikoski, who was playing in his 100th NHL game, scored a goal in the shootout. Five other players failed.

The Coyotes elected to go first in the shootout. Vrbata, who set up Petr Prucha’s goal in the second period with a nice pass from the left corner, tried to beat Luongo with a backhanded shot but Luongo blocked it with his right pad.

Wellwood went first for the Canucks and looked surprised when LaBarbera, who played for Vancouver last season, came out of the goal and poke-checked the puck away from him.

After Peter Mueller’s wrist shot sailed right of the net to start the second round, Vancouver’s Mason Raymond clanked a wrist shot off the left post.

Korpikoski took the ice and raced toward the net up the right side with a burst of Finnish speed. As he approached the top of the crease, he wristed the puck over Luongo’s stick hand.

LaBarbera then secured the victory by making a left leg save on a shot by Samuelsson while flat on his belly.

The defeat was the first non-regulation defeat for Vancouver (23-16-1) this season.

"We got one of those loser points so everybody can get off our case because we didn't have one," Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault told reporters. "But I would rather have won and still have people on our case for not having one of those loser points."
There were multiple key moments in this game, but one that really stands out came 39 seconds into overtime when Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera made a dazzling glove save on a shot by Vancouver's Henrik Sedin while Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski sat in the penalty box for hooking.
• Phoenix has 25 victories after 41 games. No other team in franchise history has won that many games at the official halfway point of the season.

• Center Martin Hanzal assisted on Petr Prucha's goal to extend his point streak to five games. In addition, Hanzal won 17 of 26 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes have allowed two or fewer goals in all 10 of their victories during their home winning streak. They have outscored those 10 opponents 32-13.

• Center Kevin Porter played seven shifts in his third game of the season and his first since being recalled from the American Hockey League over the weekend.

• Phoenix scratched Vernon Fiddler (lower-body injury), Jeff Hoggan and Jim Vandermeer (upper-body injury). Vancouver scratched Jannik Hansen, Aaron Rome and Mathieu Schneider.

"When you're not playing the big minutes or on the power play, you try to find other ways to contribute. Anyway I can help the team, whether it's on the penalty kill or in a shootout, it's great."  "It’s always weird when you play your ex-teammates, especially when it's so close. I mean I ended the year with them (in 2008-09) and we had a lot of good memories in the playoffs. I just wanted to come with a good effort tonight and I was able to do that." "If you think you're coming to Phoenix for an easy two points, that's not the case now."
Korpikoski LaBarbera Samuelsson
LaBarbera Jovanovski Korpikoski
  • Jan. 7, 2010:
  • March 30, 2010:
  • Dec. 29, 2009: PHX 3, VAN 2 (SO)
  • March 10, 2010: TICKETS
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Ed Jovanovski (7) ASST: Shane Doan (16), Scottie Upshall (10)
1 - 0 PHX
Mikael Samuelsson (11) ASST: Henrik Sedin (33)
1 - 1 Tie
Petr Prucha (8) ASST: Radim Vrbata (11), Martin Hanzal (14)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
Kyle Wellwood (4) ASST: Alexander Edler (20)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1R. VrbataK. Wellwood
2P. MuellerM. Raymond
3L. KorpikoskiM. Samuelsson
penalty summary
1st Period
Darcy Hordichuk  Unsportsmanlike conduct
Scottie Upshall  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Alexandre Bolduc
Adrian Aucoin  Interference against  Kyle Wellwood
2nd Period
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Radim Vrbata
Daniel Sedin  Tripping against  Shane Doan
3rd Period
Steve Bernier  Boarding against  Paul Bissonnette
Ed Jovanovski  Interference against  Henrik Sedin
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
OT Period
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 25TOI: 64:59
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 30TOI: 64:51
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
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