Associated Press VANCOUVER –Taylor Pyatt scored his second goal of the game 5:52 into the third period (see KEY MOMENT below), and the Coyotes extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night at Rogers Arena.
Pyatt, a former Vancouver player, put the Coyotes up 2-0 early in the second period. But Christian Ehrhoff and Tanner Glass scored to tie the score before the period ended.
Scottie Upshall also scored for the Coyotes (10-5-5), and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves. Bryzgalov made a couple of nice late saves and got a break when defenseman Alex Edler hit the post off his glove with 4:53 left as the Coyotes recorded at least one point for the eighth straight game (6-0-2).
Luongo made 25 saves a night after getting pulled in a 7-1 loss to Chicago. Vancouver has lost consecutive games at home after starting 6-0-1, and four straight overall (0-3-1).
After getting hammered by Chicago in a sloppy, mistake-filled game, Vancouver came out playing a simpler style, dumping the puck in, working the defense down low while outshooting Phoenix 9-3 the first 10 minutes.
Martin Hanzal tries to score on Roberto Luongo. Photo by Getty Images.
But after taking consecutive penalties, the Canucks were lucky not to be behind after 20 minutes as Ray Whitney rang a power-play one-timer off the far post with the net empty. Martin Hanzal raised his hands to celebrate what appeared to be a sure goal, and couldn't get his stick back down in time to bang in the loose puck before Luongo stretched out with his goal stick to block it.
The luck didn't last long in the second period. Shortly after Bryzgalov made a couple of big saves in a wild scramble two minutes in, Phoenix scored two similar-looking rebound goals less than four minutes apart.
First it was Upshall getting his own rebound after tipping Nolan Yonkman's point shot at 2:22. Then it was Pyatt pouncing on a rebound from David Schlemko's tipped point shot in the slot before spinning and firing between Luongo's legs in one motion.
Ehrhoff put Vancouver (10-7-3) on the board with a shot from between the circles at 8:51, but the Canucks got another scare when Luongo lay on the ice after stopping Sami Lepisto in alone midway through the period. Luongo stayed in after some medical attention around his left knee, and Glass tied the score five minutes later.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this recap.
With the score knotted at two goals apiece, Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle skated across the high slot and fired a shot that bounced off teammate Taylor Pyatt and under Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo's arm with 14:08 left in the third period.
• Captain Shane Doan returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury on Nov. 5. Doan, who missed seven games, logged 12:39 of ice time and won two of three faceoffs.
• Forward Taylor Pyatt's goal in the second period was his first since he scored a goal in the season opener vs. Boston in Prague on Oct. 9.
• The Coyotes regularly take three-game trips to western Canada to play Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, in various orders. The three wins on this trip represent the first sweep of such a trip for the Coyotes since they moved to Phoenix in 1996.
• The Coyotes, who were not called for a penalty in this game, are now 4-0-0 against teams from the Northwest Division.
• Defenseman Nolan Yonkman assisted on Scottie Upshall's goal in the second period. It was Yonkman's first point with the Coyotes and his first NHL point since the 2005-06 season when he played 38 games for the Washington Capitals.
• The Coyotes scratched Adrian Aucoin (lower-body injury), Paul Bissonnette and Kyle Turris (upper-body injury). Aucoin and Turris are considered day-to-day.
• The Coyotes decided to wait until Monday to fly back to Phoenix. Thus, they will not practice on Monday. Phoenix's next game is on Tuesday vs. the Edmonton Oilers at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"You always want to play well against your old team. There's always some extra motivation there, so to come out and get a couple goals definitely feels good."
"The one thing I like is we've got everybody contributing. Every night, it seems like there's a different guy that steps up and plays well, or a different line. Our goaltending has been solid through it, but for the most part it's been a solid team effort."
"It went off (Pyatt's) shin going to the net, so just a lucky goal by them. It's tough to lose on a goal like that."