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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Defenseman Kevin Bieksa's second goal of the game at 2:15 of overtime gave the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in NHL action Sunday night.

The Canucks (27-17-9) posted their third win in four games, while the Coyotes (24-19-9) suffered their third loss in four contests. Vancouver moved a point ahead of the idle Minnesota Wild.

Bieksa put in his own rebound after he moved into the slot to take a pass from center Brad Richardson.

The Coyotes outshot the Canucks 33-25, but Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith smashed his stick on the net in frustration after finishing with 20 saves in comparison to Canadian Olympic teammate Roberto Luongo's 29 in the Vancouver net.

Right winger Jannik Hansen, left winger Chris Higgins and center Zac Dalpe had the other Vancouver goals.

Center Antoine Vermette led the Coyotes with three goals while right winger Shane Doan also scored for the visitors.

Phoenix converted one of five power plays, while the Canucks were 0-for-4.

Bieksa put the Canucks on the scoreboard first, midway through the opening period, as he sent a point shot through traffic. Hansen gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead 46 seconds later as he wired in a pass from center Ryan Kesler.

But Vermette tallied only 18 seconds later to reduce Vancouver's lead before the first period ended.

Early in the second period, Phoenix had a goal disallowed by a video review.

Just past the midway mark of the second period, Vermette got credit for the Coyotes' second goal, a shorthanded marker, as Kesler's clearing attempt from right in front of his team's net caromed off Vermette's stick, creating a 2-2 tie.

Higgins, on a deflection, and Dalpe, on a tuck-in from the side of the net, scored just over a minute later to give the Canucks decisive 4-2 lead. But Vermette completed his hat trick on a power play with 55 seconds left, setting the stage for a more wide-open third period.

Phoenix held an 11-6 edge in shots in the second period and, thanks to a strong forecheck that Vancouver could not handle, limited the Canucks to just 13 over two periods.

Doan's breakaway goal 5:24 into the third period created a 4-4 tie. Taking a stretch pass from center Mike Ribeiro, he split Vancouver's defense and slid the puck through Luongo's legs.

Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris unwisely took a cross-checking penalty with 11 seconds left in regulation time, giving the Canucks a four-on-three power play at the outset of overtime.

But the Canucks could not score during the man-advantage opportunity.

NOTES: Vancouver C Mike Santorelli remained out with an undisclosed injury. ... D Andrew Alberts was sidelined for his 10th consecutive contest with a head injury. ... Canucks captain Henrik Sedin missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury after playing the previous 679 in a row. ... Vancouver coach John Tortorella served the third of his six-game suspension for storming the Calgary Flames dressing room area between periods Jan. 18. ... Five Coyotes -- G Mike Smith (Canada), C Martin Hanzal, Zbynek Michale (both Czech Republic), D Oliver Ekman-Larsson and D Lauri Korpikoski (Finland) -- will represent their countries in the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. ... The Canucks dressed seven defensemen as Yannick Weber drew into the lineup after sitting out last Thursday's loss to Nashville. As a result, RW David Booth was scratched for the fourth time in the past 10 games. ... Phoenix C Mike Reibeiro needs one more goal for 200 in his career. ... The Watoto children's choir of Uganda sang the U.S. and Canadian national anthems.
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