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Vancouver at Phoenix

Coyotes set franchise record with 10th straight win on home ice

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jason LaBarbera was excited to play against his former team. He was even more thrilled to help the Phoenix Coyotes set a franchise record in the process.

LaBarbera made 28 saves and was perfect in the shootout as the Coyotes set a team record by winning their 10th straight home game, 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

"It's always weird when you play your ex-teammates especially when it's so close," said LaBarbera, who was the backup to Roberto Luongo last year. "I ended the year with them and we had a lot of good memories in the playoffs and I just wanted to come with a good effort tonight."

Ed Jovanovski and Petr Prucha scored in regulation and Lauri Korpikoski had the lone goal of the shootout for the Coyotes, who surpassed the nine-game streak set by the Winnipeg Jets from Dec. 27, 1992 through Jan. 23, 1993.

Phoenix has won four of its last five overall, only losing Monday night in a shootout at San Jose.

"I'm just proud of how hard the guys competed," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "I mean you've got Vancouver on a winning streak, sitting here last night watching our gave on TV. We played a hard, hard game in San Jose and we come back here and the guys muster up that kind of effort, it makes our whole coaching staff very proud."

Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Wellwood scored for the Canucks, who became the last team in the league to record an overtime loss. Wellwood tied the game with 6:12 left in regulation.

"I've seen Wellwood enough times last year in practice and I knew he was goint to slow down," LaBarbera said. "He holds the puck out in front of him so it's a little bit easier for me to get to it."

Jovanovski gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on a wild sequence in which Phoenix forward Scottie Upshall was knocked to the ice and Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo was stripped of his stick.

Shane Doan took the puck from Upshall while he was flat on the ice, skated right and then reversed the puck to Jovanovski at the left circle. Jovanovski shot just to the left of the prone Upshall and beat the nearly defenseless Luongo to his blocker side at 10:00 of the first.

Samuelsson tied the game just 49 seconds later when he took advantage of a partial screen and rifled a sharp wrist shot from the top of the right circle past LaBarbera.

"If you think you're coming to Phoenix now for an easy two points that's not the case now," Samuelsson said.

Phoenix regained the lead at 17:02 of the second when Prucha chipped a shot off Luongo and into the net for his second goal in two nights.

Luongo stopped 23 shots for the Canucks.

"We got one of those loser points so everybody can get off our case because we didn't have one," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. "But I would rather have won and still have people on our case for not having one of those loser points."

Notes

  • Wellwood's goal was his second in as many games. He scored the game-winner at Calgary on Sunday.
  • LaBarbera was making his first start since December 17 and his second in Phoenix's last 21 games.
  • The Canucks have played only three overtime games this season and all three have gone to the shootout.
  • The Coyotes have points in their last eight games (6-1-2).
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Making his first start in two weeks, Jason LaBarbera helps the Coyotes set the club record. (AP)
Making his first start in two weeks, Jason LaBarbera helps the Coyotes set the club record. (AP)

Scoreboard
Vancouver (23-16-1)01100 (0)2
Phoenix  (25-13-3) «02001 (1)3
Three Stars
J. LaBarbera
PHO


Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .933
E. Jovanovski
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
L. Korpikoski
PHO


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
10:00Power Play - Ed Jovanovski (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Doan, Upshall
10:49Mikael Samuelsson (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin
17:02Petr Prucha (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Vrbata, Hanzal
3RD PERIOD
13:48Kyle Wellwood (4), Tip-In. Assist: Edler
OT
None
2OT
 Lauri Korpikoski (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:20Hordichuk, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
04:05Upshall, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:55Aucoin, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
08:50Burrows, 2 min, Slashing
14:41Sedin, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
07:29Bernier, 2 min, Boarding
10:11Jovanovski, 2 min, Interference
19:19Jovanovski, 2 min, Hooking
OT
None
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver128626
Phoenix712625
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Roberto Luongo 64:5923231
Jason LaBarbera 64:5128230
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Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Andy McElman
 
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