NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Phoenix
(Saturday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Taylor Pyatt scored the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1.
After Radim Vrbata lifted a backhander over the right pad of Roberto Luongo, Vancouver was down to its last shooter. Trevor Linden walked in and roofed the puck over the glove of Ilya Bryzgalov, giving Shane Doan a chance to win it for Phoenix, but his offering was denied.
In the fourth round, Pyatt slipped the disc through the five-hole of Bryzgalov and Joel Perrault missed the net, securing the win for Vancouver.
Daniel Sedin scored in regulation for Vancouver, winners of three straight. Luongo stopped 27 of 28 shots to collect the win.
Zbynek Michalek tallied for the Coyotes, who returned home following a successful 5-1-0 road trip. Bryzgalov finished the game with 34 saves.
Sedin snapped a scoreless tie at 10:11 of the third period when his wrister from right circle found room on the short-side. Luongo made a brilliant save with the left pad on Peter Mueller at the other end of the ice moments before the tally.
The Coyotes answered back with 5:51 remaining. Shane Doan, positioned along the left boards, spotted Michalek streaking down the slot and threaded a perfect pass that Michalek one-timed behind Luongo.
Phoenix outshot the Canucks 10-8 in the first period, while Vancouver had a 14-9 advantage in the middle stanza.
The Canucks registered their first win in the shootout, improving to 1-4, while Phoenix suffered its first loss, falling to 2-1...Vancouver improves to 11-6-2 on the road...Vancouver is 14-2-2 in the last 18 meetings with the Coyotes and 6-2-1 in its previous nine stops in the desert...Phoenix lost for the first time when the score is tied after two periods, 4-0-1...Vancouver travels to Denver on Sunday to battle the Avalanche...The Coyotes host Minnesota on Thursday.
12/23 01:11:34 ET