Phoenix Coyotes beat host Vancouver Canucks 5-4 | NHL
Antoine Vermette had a goal and added two assists as the Phoenix Coyotes held on for a 5-4 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Antoine Vermette had a goal and added two assists as the Phoenix Coyotes held on for a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
The Coyotes won for the second time in eight games (2-4-2) after overcoming an early 2-0 deficit against a rejuvenated Canucks squad that featured several different forward and defense combinations.
Rostislav Klesla, Shane Doan, Oliver Ekman-Larson, and Gilbert Brule also scored for Phoenix, and Ray Whitney had three assists.
Alex Burrows, Ryan Kesler, David Booth and Dan Hamhuis scored for the Canucks, who have lost six of eight. Hamhuis' goal was his first in 35 games.
Vancouver was 2 for 3 on the power play while Phoenix was 2 for 2. Both teams had gone five games without scoring with the man advantage.
Brule's tiebreaking goal gave the Coyotes a 4-3 lead with 1:39 left in the second period as Taylor Pyatt put a shot in off him as he stood in the crease over fallen goaltender Roberto Luongo. The goal was allowed to stand after a video review.
Vermette gave the Coyotes a two-goal cushion on a power play 1:38 into the third period as he put in Ekman-Larson's rebound. The goal came after Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa took a retaliatory slashing penalty on Daymond Langkow.
The teams combined for 31 shots in the first period as Vancouver outshot Phoenix 18-13.
Vancouver has lost four of its last five and been outscored 21-13 during that span.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jamie McGinn forced overtime by scoring with two seconds left in regulation, and former Everett Silvertips standout Peter Mueller netted the lone shootout goal in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
McGinn scored twice for the Avs, who are sixth in the Western Conference.