VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Chris Higgins took advantage of a turnover by Phoenix center Mike Ribeiro and scored with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 in overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Friday night at the Rogers Arena.
The goal by the Canucks center salvaged two points after Vancouver gave up two third-period goals.
The Canucks won just once in their previous six home games (1-2-3) and giving up late third-period leads has been a common theme.
Phoenix was down 2-0 midway through the third when center Antoine Vermette beat Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo with a slap shot from the blue line at 10:34.
The goal came on the heels of a flurry of chances by the Canucks at the other end.
Coyotes right winger David Moss scored 2:21 after Vermette from the slot to make it 2-2.
The Canucks had gone up 2-0 in the second period after a turnover by Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle. Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton picked up the loose puck seconds after stepping out of the penalty box. Stanton then fed winger Daniel Sedin in the slot, who passed off to his brother Henrik in the faceoff circle to the left of Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.
Henrik Sedin's one-timer beat Smith high to the glove side at 19:07 of the middle period to give the Canucks a two-goal cushion heading into the third period.
But as they've done often in front of their home fans, the Canucks surrendered two quick goals.
After a lifeless first period by both teams, the Canucks opened scoring at 1:26 of the second period with Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson off for head butting Henrik Sedin.
Vancouver defenseman Jason Garrison blasted a one-timer past Smith from the blue line.
For Garrison, who had scored a goal in each of Vancouver's first two games of the season, it was his second goal in five games after going 24 games without a goal.
Daniel Sedin, after a six-game pointless skid, added two assists to make it seven of eight games in which he's collected at least a point (3-8-11).
The Canucks began a five-game homestand, after a 3-1-0 road trip, hoping to erase the memory of their previous homestand.
Phoenix finishes off a four-game road trip on Tuesday at Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.
Entering the game, Colorado and Vancouver were two of only eight teams who had not been shut out yet this season.
NOTES: Three of the top five career goal scorers from the 1999 NHL entry draft played in Friday night's game at Rogers Arena. Canucks LW Daniel Sedin (picked second overall) had 301 goals entering the game to lead the way, Phoenix RW Radim Vrbata was fourth with 204 goals (chosen 212th) and Vancouver C Henrik Sedin was fifth with 189 goals (chosen third overall). ... The Coyotes, known in recent years as a tight defensive team that had trouble scoring goals, was fourth in the NHL with 3.14 goals per game and eighth with 31.5 shots per game before facing the Canucks. ... The Vancouver power play, which languished in 28th for most of the season, has man-advantage goals in seven straight games. ... With Canucks D Alex Edler out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, D Andrew Alberts drew in for only his fourth game this season. He last dressed Oct. 24.