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(Monday, February 13th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, at Rogers Arena.
Kesler moved in slowly and fired a quick wrist shot low to the stick side of Coyotes netminder Jason LaBarbera. Roberto Luongo stopped Boyd Gordon on Phoenix's final attempt to seal the victory.
Kesler added an assist and David Booth scored in regulation for the Canucks, who bounced back nicely from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday and have won four of their last five games. Luongo finished with 23 saves in the win.
"There wasn't a lot of room out there. We knew it was going to be a battle," Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler said.
Keith Yandle scored and LaBarbera had 21 saves in defeat for the Coyotes, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Vancouver finally opened the scoring at 10:40 of the second stanza when Booth collected the puck along the right wing, cut in on goal on his backhand, and beat LaBarbera with a quick forehand wrister for a 1-0 Canucks lead.
After having the better of the play for most of the third period, and limiting Vancouver to just two shots on goal, the Coyotes finally found an equalizer with a little luck with just 2:06 to go in regulation.
Yandle intercepted a clearing attempt at the blue line and threw a wrist shot on net that was deflected by Canucks' forward Byron Bitz. The change of direction fooled Luongo and wound up in the net.
LaBarbera stopped three shots in overtime, while Luongo turned aside the only shot he saw in the extra session to send it to a shootout.
"It's nice to get the goal at the end, but it would have been nice to get the two," LaBarbera said.
Monday marked the second meeting between the teams this season. Vancouver took the opening game of the season series, 5-0, on November 25...Since being acquired from the Florida Panthers on October 22, Booth has collected 20 points in 29 games played...Vancouver improved to 28-2-1 when Kesler records at least one point...Luongo improved to 28-33 in his career in shootouts, while LaBarbera fell to 11-9...The Canucks failed to convert on three power-play chances, while Phoenix went 0-for-2 with the extra man.
02/14 01:44:51 ET
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