|PHX||2||2||1||(0 - 0)||5|
|VAN||2||1||1||(0 - 0)||4|
By Kevin Woodley | NHL.com Correspondent
VANCOUVER -- 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 phoenixcoyotes.com edited this story and compiled this recap.
|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
|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
|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
|Michal Rozsival Hooking against Alexandre Burrows|
|Taylor Pyatt Hooking against Alexandre Burrows|
|Dale Weise Too many men on the ice|
|Rostislav Klesla Holding against Maxim Lapierre|
|Kevin Bieksa Slashing against Daymond Langkow|
|SA: 43||TOI: 59:51|
|Saves: 39||EV: 34 - 36|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .907||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 33||TOI: 58:28|
|Saves: 28||EV: 27 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 3|
|SV%: .848||SH: 0 - 0|