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Originally published December 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM | Page modified December 6, 2013 at 11:37 PM

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Vancouver Canucks win in overtime

Chris Higgins scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the host Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.


The Associated Press

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Chris Higgins scored at 3:41 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.

Vancouver squeaked out the decision after squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

The Canucks earned their fourth victory in five games while the Coyotes suffered their third loss in four outings.

Higgins scored after he kicked the puck away from Phoenix center Mike Ribeiro in the Vancouver zone and then raced down the left wing and beat Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith with a quick shot to the far side.

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo made 37 saves for the victory and Smith stopped 29 shots.

Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin also scored for Vancouver.

Antoine Vermette and David Moss responded with goals for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes rallied in the final 10 minutes of the third period after trailing 2-0 at the end of the second.

Both teams produced 10 shots in a scoreless first period.

Luongo stopped David Moss on a rush up the middle in the first five minutes, and Daniel Sedin almost scored while flat on his stomach near the Phoenix net.

Garrison opened the scoring on a power play at 1:26 of the second period as he wired in a slap shot from the point less than a minute after Oliver Ekman-Larson took a holding penalty.

Vancouver’s power play has scored in seven consecutive games.

Sedin put the Canucks ahead 2-0 in the final minute of the second period. The play started as Ryan Stanton came out of the penalty box, snared the puck and launched a break with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Stanton sent the puck to Daniel Sedin, who set up his twin for a one-timer that beat Smith cleanly.



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