NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Phoenix 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin netted the game-winner on the power play, as the Vancouver Canucks erupted for three goals in the third period and stormed back to clip the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, at Jobing.com Arena.
Mattias Ohlund, Pavol Demitra and Kevin Bieksa also scored for the Canucks, who have won four games in a row on the heels of an eight-game slide. Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to pick up the win.
Enver Lisin, Steven Reinprecht and Derek Morris each had a goal for the Coyotes, who have lost seven of their last eight games. Ilya Bryzgalov was beaten four times on 32 shots in defeat.
The Canucks erased a 3-1 deficit in the final 20 minutes.
Demitra's wrister beat Bryzgalov high on the glove side and shaved the deficit to one at the 2:16 mark, and Bieksa's blast from the point eluded the Phoenix netminder and tied the game at 8:22.
Moments later, Morris was guilty of a tripping penalty and Vancouver needed just nine seconds to turn on the red light. Sami Salo's slap shot from up high got through to the net. Bryzgalov made the save and Daniel Sedin tapped the rebound over to Henrik, who deposited the puck into the open net with 9:13 remaining.
A pair of penalties on Phoenix's Joakim Lindstrom and Ed Jovanovski in the game's final minute effectively sealed the home team's fate.
"We got on our heels a little bit and took a couple penalties and that gave them some momentum," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky.
Phoenix capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone to open the scoring. Lisin swept in to collect the puck, carried across the Vancouver blueline, drifted into the slot and beat Luongo on the stick side with a wrister at the 2:20 mark of the first period.
Reinprecht then scored on the power play with four minutes remaining in the opening frame.
Ohlund's drive from the point put the Canucks on the board with 2:09 remaining in the middle stanza, then Morris restored a two-goal lead for the home team in the frame's final minute.
Vancouver improved to 13-9-4 as the guest this season...Phoenix is now 16-10-2 on home ice...The Canucks have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Coyotes...Vancouver notched its fourth win of the season when trailing after two periods (4-15-1).
02/13 00:17:43 ET