NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Vancouver|
(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