Phoenix at Vancouver

Canucks defeat Coyotes on Bieksa's overtime goal


VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks came through in a game full of deflections and bounces.

Kevin Bieksa scored his second of the night at 2:15 of overtime as the Canucks came back after twice giving up two-goal leads in a 5-4 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Bieksa picked up his own rebound and chipped his fourth of the season over Phoenix goalie Mike Smith while falling to the ice.

It capped a game where Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette was credited with a hat trick -- even though he only shot one puck into Vancouver's net himself.

"It was a strange game on both sides. It was bizarre," Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think there might have been one goal that was actually shot in the net. It seemed like everything was a deflection off a skate, off a stick, off something, so it was just one of those games for both sides."

Chris Higgins had a goal and two assists for Vancouver, while Zac Dalpe added a goal and an assist. Jannik Hansen also scored for the Canucks, his first in 11 games.

Vancouver came in having scored only eight times in its previous seven games.

"It wasn't your typical game. We've been struggling to score goals lately, so let's take some positive out of it. We put five in, some guys got on the score sheet and we found a way to win when it came down to it," said Bieksa, who also had an assist.

"We needed the two points. We were up a couple goals a few times and they came back and we stayed resilient and found a way to win."

Roberto Luongo, who was shaky at times and even directed one of Vermette's goals over the line himself, made 29 saves for the Canucks.

"It was definitely a weird one," Luongo said. "It was one of those games where it felt like the puck was bouncing in from everywhere. The good thing is we got the win."

Shane Doan chipped in with a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which got 20 stops from Smith.

"We're going to have to be better than we are right now," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We play stretches well but make critical errors at the wrong time and those have to be cleaned up if we are going to be a playoff team."

After a wild finish to the second period, Doan tied the score at 4 on a breakaway at 5:24 of the third for his 15th of the season.

Vancouver was handed a power play right at the end of regulation, but the league's 28th-ranked unit failed to convert in overtime before Bieksa won it.

The Canucks' power play came in 2 for 30 during the previous eight games and rarely looked dangerous against the Coyotes in four failed attempts.

"When a power play struggles, it can take on a life of its own," said Sullivan, who is running the Canucks' bench in place of the suspended John Tortorella.

Down 2-1 in the second, the Coyotes tied it while short-handed against the Canucks' feeble power play. Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler tried to slap the puck off Vermette's stick in front of Luongo, only to see it carom into the net to tie the score at 9:07. The goal was Vermette's second of the night and 17th of the season.

The Canucks had only 10 shots in total when Higgins restored Vancouver's lead at even strength by deflecting a shot from the point past Smith for his 14th of the season, and second in two games with 3:01 remaining.

Dalpe then followed up his own rebound off the rush to score his third and stretch the Canucks' lead to 4-2 only 42 seconds later.

That two-goal lead was short-lived as Vermette completed his second hat trick of the season -- and third of his career -- with 54.5 seconds remaining in the period as the Coyotes broke through against the Canucks' stingy penalty kill, which came in ranked second overall.

Vermette now has six goals in his past six games, and three short-handed goals in his past four.

"Free hat trick right there," Luongo said with a laugh. "At least he buried the last one to make it at least somewhat justifiable. It was just one of those nights where it felt like the puck was finding ways in."

The Canucks, still without injured forwards Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli because of upper-body injuries, beat Smith twice in a 44-second span midway through first period.

Bieksa opened the scoring at 10:31 on a shot through traffic to pick up his first goal in nine games.

Hansen then doubled the Canucks' lead at 11:15, ripping a shot through the goalie's legs on a 3-on-2 rush for his ninth of the season and first point in nine games.

Phoenix cut the lead in half only 18 seconds later thanks when Luongo inadvertently directed a loose puck off the stick of Vermette into his own net.


Henrik Sedin missed his third consecutive game, while Santorelli sat out for the fourth consecutive game. ... Canucks F David Booth sat out as a healthy scratch with Vancouver electing to dress seven defenseman. Yannick Weber took some shifts as a forward, but played primarily on the first power-play unit.

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Kevin Bieksa falls to the ice as he watches his shot elude Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith for the winning goal.  (USATSI)
Kevin Bieksa falls to the ice as he watches his shot elude Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith for the winning goal. (USATSI)
Phoenix (24-18-10)12104
Vancouver  (27-17-9) «22015
Three Stars
A. Vermette

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
C. Higgins

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
K. Bieksa

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
10:31 - Kevin Bieksa (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Higgins, Dalpe
11:15 - Jannik Hansen (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Kesler
11:33 - Antoine Vermette (16), Tip-In. Assist: Moss, Morris
09:07Short - Antoine Vermette (17), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
16:59 - Chris Higgins (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hamhuis
17:41 - Zac Dalpe (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Garrison, Kassian
19:05Power Play - Antoine Vermette (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Doan, Boedker
05:24 - Shane Doan (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ribeiro, Moss
02:15 - Kevin Bieksa (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richardson, Higgins
Penalty Summary
05:05Garrison, 2 min, Delaying Game
08:24Korpikoski, 2 min, Hooking
13:49Morris, 2 min, Tripping
19:02Weise, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
04:09Edler, 2 min, Cross Check
08:00Chipchura, 2 min, Tripping
14:28Sedin, 2 min, Tripping
18:38Lain, 2 min, Holding
08:06Hamhuis, 2 min, Roughing
08:06Hanzal, 2 min, Roughing
19:49Morris, 2 min, Cross Check
Shots On Goal
Mike Smith 62:15205
Roberto Luongo 62:02294
Game Information
Attendance - 18910
Referees - Brian Pochmara, Mike Leggo
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Jay Sharrers
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