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Coyotes 5, Canucks 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 5, Canucks 4
Phoenix Coyotes 5, Vancouver Canucks 4
Three Stars of the Game
Ray Whitney
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:43
Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:00
Antoine Vermette
Antoine Vermette
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:59

By Kevin Woodley | Correspondent
The Coyotes overcame another early two-goal deficit for a wild 5-4 win against the slumping Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.

Gilbert Brule scored the go-ahead goal in his hometown with 1:19 left in the second period. Antoine Vermette, who already had two assists, added a power-play goal 1:38 into the third for a two-goal lead.

Vermette's goal became the game-winner when Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis ended a 34-game goal drought by jamming home a rebound with 7:49 left to play.

Ray Whitney had three assists and Mike Smith finished with 39 saves for the Coyotes (35-25-11), who ended a dangerous 1-4-2 slide in March to move within two points of Dallas for the Pacific Division lead and remain seventh by a point over Colorado. Phoenix plays Thursday night at Calgary, one of three teams with 78 points, three behind the Coyotes.

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Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler, on the power play, staked the Canucks to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, but Rostislav Klesla converted a bad rebound less than two minutes later and Shane Doan jammed the puck past Roberto Luongo to tie the score with 3:40 left in the period (see KEY MOMENT below).

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and David Booth swapped power-play goals midway through the second period before Brule put the Coyotes ahead for good on a weird play late in the period. A failed odd-man rush at one end led to another the other way that ended with a scramble down low; aylor Pyatt's sharp-angled shot went off the post, behind Luongo and into the net off the body of Brule as he was being shoved into the goal by a defender.

Vermette fired home the rebound of an Ekman-Larsson slap shot early in the third as the Coyotes' 30th-ranked power play went 2 for 2.

Luongo finished with 28 saves for the Canucks (42-20-8), who are 2-4-2 in the last eight and have dropped six points behind St. Louis atop the Western Conference.

Coming off two full days off during a rare three-day break between games, the Canucks shook up their forward lines and defensive pairings. The first move paid off early and with four goals overall, but the latter contributed to five given up.

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Burrows, dropped from a slumping first line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin to the third unit, banged in a Jannik Hansen feed on the doorstep 2:18 after the opening faceoff. The new-look third line drew a penalty that Kesler converted perfect with a one-timer from the left faceoff dot. Robbed by the glove of Smith from the same spot earlier in the advantage, Kesler fired his second chance over the left shoulder of a sliding Smith after Henrik Sedin threw a cross-ice pass through two defenders for his first point in nine games, avoiding matching his career-worst drought.

But the Coyotes scored at 11:22 when Klesla was left alone in the slot after Luongo somehow played Vermette's sharp-angled shot back into the middle of the ice.

After a couple good early stops from Smith, Phoenix took its first lead on its first power play, with Ekman-Larsson's point shot beating Luongo through the screen of former Canuck Raffi Torres at 7:58. Ekman-Larsson's 10th goal of the season ended a five-game power-play drought and was just their third man-advantage goal in 11 games and 29 chances.

Booth tied it at 12:22 by finishing off a give-and-go with Chris Higgins below the net by firing a shot over Smith's shoulder from the slot for another power-play goal.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of edited this story and compiled this recap.

Trailing 2-1, Coyotes captain Shane Doan tied the score at 16:20 of the first period after a bad pinch led to a two-on-one rush for Phoenix – one of several odd-man rushes surrendered by the Canucks.

Doan waited for Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa to slide through the play before cutting back right through the crease to his left, drawing Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo with him and out of the net. Doan then cut back around Luongo's outstretched pad, below the goal line and jammed away before getting the puck through the goalie's stick and a pair of scrambling Canucks defensemen playing goalie in the crease.

"That second goal epitomizes Shane and what he brings to our team," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "It was just a goal he wasn't going to be denied and the reaction on our bench showed that, the will he has to get the job done lifts our whole team. That was a huge turning point in the game for our team."

► Click here to see the KEY MOMENT.
•  Nine Coyotes notched at least one point in this game, including left wing Ray Whitney who assisted on Phoenix's first three goals to lift his NHL career point total to 991.

• Defenseman Adrian Aucoin suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period and left the game. Aucoin told the injury wasn't serious, but that he didn't expect to play in Calgary on Thursday night.

• Center Antoine Vermette notched a goal and two assists for his first three-point game as a member of the Coyotes. After failing to notch a point in his first six games with Phoenix, Vermette has two goals and four assists in his past five games. "The first couple of games it was almost a joke," Vermette said about his stint with Phoenix thus far. "I was right around it. But if you keep doing the right things it's nice to get rewarded at such a good time. It was huge to come back."

• Captain Shane Doan played 21:33, notched a goal and an assist, and delivered a team-high six hits.

• What follows is the offical ruling on the goal scored by forward Gilbert Brule at 18:41 of the second period:

"At 18:41 of the second period in the Coyotes/Canucks game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Gilbert Brule's body and entered the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Phoenix. According to rule 78.4 - If an attacking player has the puck deflect into the net, off his skate or body, in any manner, the goal shall be allowed.

• Defenseman David Schlemko returned to the lineup after missing 28 games because of a lower-body injury he suffered in the game played Jan. 7 vs. the New York Islanders. Schlemko, who played 17:03, took one shot on goal, delivered one hit and blocked one shot.

• The Coyotes played minus leading goal scorer Radim Vrbata, who was scratched just before puck drop because of an illness. Phoenix also played without injured forwards Martin Hanzal (upper-body) and Kyle Chipchura (upper-body). Both players are on this four-game trip and may return to action before it ends.

• The Coyotes scratched Martin Hanzal, Derek Morris, Michael Stone, Chris Summers and Radim Vrbata

• The Coyotes' next game is Thursday vs. the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on Money Radio 1510 (AM).
"We were expecting them to be really hard on us right off the bat, which was the case. But I really liked the way we bounced back and kept pushing back." "We lost (Radim) Vrbata right before the game and we lost (Adrian) Aucoin in the game, so I give our group a ton of credit. We hung around the game and we found a way to get points." "I think we played good enough to win tonight, but they ended up getting one more than us. They scored on a couple of their chances, got a couple of rebound goals, and we’re going to have to get better moving forward."
Vermette Tippett
  • Feb. 13, 2012: VAN 2, PHX 1 (SO)
• March 14, 2012: PHX 5, VAN 4
  • Nov. 25, 2011: VAN 5, PHX 0
  • Feb. 28, 2012: PHX 2, VAN 1 (SO)

scoring summary
1st Period
Alexandre Burrows (24) ASST: Jannik Hansen (19), Christopher Tanev (2)
1 - 0 VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (22) ASST: Henrik Sedin (54), Alexandre Burrows (22)
2 - 0 VAN
Rostislav Klesla (3) ASST: Antoine Vermette (22), Ray Whitney (42)
2 - 1 VAN
Shane Doan (21) ASST: Antoine Vermette (23), Ray Whitney (43)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
PPG - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (10) ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (18), Ray Whitney (44)
3 - 2 PHX
PPG - David Booth (14) ASST: Chris Higgins (24), Kevin Bieksa (32)
3 - 3 Tie
Gilbert Brule (4) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (9), Keith Yandle (31)
4 - 3 PHX
3rd Period
PPG - Antoine Vermette (10) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (18), Shane Doan (24)
5 - 3 PHX
Dan Hamhuis (4) ASST: Daniel Sedin (37), Henrik Sedin (55)
5 - 4 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Michal Rozsival  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
Taylor Pyatt  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
2nd Period
Dale Weise  Too many men/ice - bench
Rostislav Klesla  Holding against  Maxim Lapierre
3rd Period
Kevin Bieksa  Slashing against  Daymond Langkow
goalie stats
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
SA: 43TOI: 59:51
Saves: 39EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .907SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 33TOI: 58:28
Saves: 28EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
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