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Coyotes 3, Canucks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 3, Canucks 1
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Vancouver Canucks 1

By Associated Press
VANCOUVER -- The Coyotes left home nearly a week ago in a tenuous playoff position. They're coming home in great shape for a second straight postseason trip.

Phoenix completed an undefeated four-game trip on Friday night by beating the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks, 3-1, before a sellout crowd of 18,860 fans at Rogers Arena. Not only did they become the first team to win twice in Vancouver this season, they also finished the season with a 6-0-0 mark in western Canada, the first time that's been done since St. Louis did it in 1999-2000.

The Coyotes (39-23-11) will start a six-game homestand on Sunday in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 89 points.

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Goalie Jason LaBarbera, who hadn't played since allowing eight goals vs. Tampa Bay on Feb. 23, stopped a season-high 46 shots for his first win since Jan. 10.

"Pucks were hitting me, and our guys were doing a good job of clearing rebounds," LaBarbera said. "I was seeing the puck, and it was one of those nights where I was totally focused."

All of the scoring took place in the third period.

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LaBarbera did some of his best work midway through the final period, helping the Coyotes kill off a 70-second five-on-three disadvantage against the NHL's top-ranged power-play unit.

Not long afterward, the Coyotes were awarded a five-minute power play when Vancouver forward Alex Burrows was given a major penalty and game misconduct for pushing Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler face-first into the end boards.

Phoenix pounced on the opportunity.

Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata broke a scoreless tie with 6:29 left in regulation by snagging the loose puck in the slot and firing a backhanded shot past Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Just 1:18 later, Shane Doan beat Luongo on the same power play with a shot from the right point through a screen set by Vrbata for a 2-0 lead. Vrbata and Doan lead the Coyotes with 18 goals.

Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff spoiled LaBarbera's shutout bid by banging in a rebound with 2:58 remaining, but Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net with 1:05 left to give the Coyotes their fifth consecutive win and snap the Canucks' seven-game winning streak. For Stempniak, the goal was his third in three games after a 21-game goal-scoring drought.

► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of compiled this recap.


Tied 0-0, the Coyotes were awarded a five-minute power play when Vancouver forward Alex Burrows was


given a major penalty and game misconduct for pushing Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler face-first into the end boards at 11:09 of the third period. Phoenix scored two goals on the ensuing power play to secure the win.

Burrows said he was surprised he received more than a two-minute minor penalty for his hit and was disappointed he put his team in that position at that point in such a tight game.

"I have a lot of respect for (referee) Kelly Sutherland," Burrows said. "I think he's one of the best refs in the league and it's a tough call. I know there's a lot going on with headshots right now throughout the NHL and Vern Fiddler kind of looked dazed a little bit... Obviously I was surprised when it was a major."


• Captain Shane Doan notched a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to seven games. Doan has produced four goals and six assists in the streak.

• Defenseman Adrian Aucoin played in his 999th NHL game.

• Phoenix improved to 14-3-2 against the five teams from the Northwest Division: Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver.

• Winger Ray Whitney played only 9:50 because of a nagging lower-body injury.

• Center Eric Belanger had two assists and won eight of 13 faceoffs.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

• The Coyotes' next game is Sunday vs. Chicago at Arena. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on KFYI 550 (AM).
"The last game I played wasn't a whole lot of fun for anybody, especially myself. I had a lot of time to sit on it. I really wanted to come out and give the guys a chance to win tonight. I hadn't had a whole lot of chances to contribute to this team." "It was a great trip. I give our guys a ton of credit. They battled hard every game... Tough travel last night, coming in here to play a real good team - I thought our guys gutted it out and LaBarbera gave us an excellent game." "(LaBarbera) was really good. We've been up against him a couple times and he's been solid against us. He's a good goaltender, but again, we didn't have enough traffic... Even though we almost had 50 shots, I don't think we had too many great chances."
LaBarbera Tippett H. Sedin
  • Nov. 21, 2010: PHX 3, VAN 2
• March 18, 2011: PHX 3, VAN 1
  • Feb. 2, 2011: VAN 6, PHX 0
• March 8, 2011: VAN 4, PHX 3 (OT)
scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
PPG - Radim Vrbata (18) ASST: Eric Belanger (22), Shane Doan (37)
1 - 0 PHX
PPG - Shane Doan (18) ASST: Radim Vrbata (26), David Schlemko (8)
2 - 0 PHX
Christian Ehrhoff (11) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (32), Daniel Sedin (55)
2 - 1 PHX
EN - Lee Stempniak (17) ASST: Eric Belanger (23)
3 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Dan Hamhuis  Hi-sticking against  Keith Yandle
Taylor Pyatt  Cross checking against  Keith Ballard
Roberto Luongo  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Jason LaBarbera  Tripping against  Daniel Sedin
Keith Ballard  Tripping against  Keith Yandle
2nd Period
Adrian Aucoin  Tripping against  Alexandre Burrows
3rd Period
Maxim Lapierre  Diving against  Derek Morris
Derek Morris  Slashing against  Maxim Lapierre
Adrian Aucoin  Cross checking against  Daniel Sedin
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Mason Raymond
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing against  Vernon Fiddler
Alexandre Burrows  Boarding (maj) against  Vernon Fiddler
Alexandre Burrows  Game misconduct against  Vernon Fiddler
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 47TOI: 59:46
Saves: 46EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 2PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .979SH: 2 - 2
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 28TOI: 59:36
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 8
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