Created: 11/05/2013 11:35 PM
(AP) GLENDALE, Ariz. - Antoine Vermette scored the deciding goal in the shootout for the second straight game and the Phoenix Coyotes won their fifth in a row, 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Vermette, who gave the Coyotes a victory at San Jose on Saturday, trickled the puck just past the line in the sixth round of this tiebreaker. Henrik Sedin lost control of the puck on his chance after Vermette’s goal, and the Coyotes skated off with their third consecutive shootout win.
Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored in regulation for the Coyotes, 7-0-1 at home. Dan Hamhuis and Ryan Kesler had goals for Vancouver.
Vrbata had the other shootout goal for Phoenix. Alex Burrows was the only one to score in the tiebreaker for the Canucks.
Vancouver took the lead with two goals in the first 4:15 of the second period. Only 25 seconds in, Hamhuis scored with a wrist shot just after a faceoff in the Coyotes’ zone. The puck sailed to the left of goalie Mike Smith and into the net.
The go-ahead goal came on a power play with 15:45 left in the period, a sharp slap shot from a few feet inside the blue line by Kesler for his ninth goal of the season.
Phoenix tied it 2-2 with 2:21 left in the period when Shane Doan slammed a one-timer past goalie Robert Luongo on a pass from Keith Yandle.
The Coyotes were called for too many men on the ice during a line change in the final minute of the second period, but killed the penalty that stretched into the first minute of the third.
The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead with a goal just 1:15 into the game when Vrbata tipped in a goal after a deflection of Martin Hanzal’s shot.
Phoenix had two quick chances for more with a pair of early power plays, the first when Sedin drew a penalty for hooking, the second on a slashing call against Ryan Kesler. But the Canucks, among the best in the NHL in penalty killing this season, shut down both opportunities.
The Coyotes had a couple of good opportunities during the first power play and none on the second.
Smith, who had 48 saves at San Jose, made 31 against Vancouver. Luongo stopped 30 shots.
NOTES: Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris left in the first period with a lower body injury. ... All six of Vrbada’s goals have come at home. ... Phoenix’s Zbynek Michalek played in his 600th NHL game. ... The Coyotes’ only loss at home was on Oct. 15 in overtime against Ottawa. ... Vancouver opened a four-game trip with stops ahead in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.