Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 (SO)

Jack Magruder, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Center Antoine Vermette scored in the sixth round of the shutout and the Phoenix Coyotes ran their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Arena on Tuesday.
Vermette had the deciding goal in his second straight game, his shootout goal the decider in a 3-2 victory at San Jose on Saturday. The Coyotes won their last three games by way of the shootout.
Phoenix (11-3-2) won seven of its eight games and has points in 12 of its last 13. The Coyotes are 7-0-1 at home, one of three teams undefeated at home in regulation.
Vancouver center Henrik Sedin lost control of the puck in front of the Coyotes' goaltender Mike Smith as the Canucks' last overtime shooter. Smith recorded 31 saves.
Vancouver (10-6-1) had a three-game road winning streak snapped in the loss. The Canucks had won five of their last six.
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in the loss.
Coyotes right winger Radim Vrbata and Canucks winger Alex Burrows scored in the second round of the shootout.
Vrbata gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead 75 seconds into the game when he re-directed a shot past Luongo from inside the left circle. After a check from right winger Shane Doan forced a quick Vancouver pass, center Martin Hanzal kept the puck in the offensive zone at the far side of the left circle and threw a pass toward the net.
Vrbata has a team-high six goals at home.
Vancouver tied the game at 1 just 25 seconds into the second period when defenseman Dan Hamhuis put a wrist shot from mid-ice past Smith, who appeared to be screened on the play. Hamhuis has two goals this season.
Center Ryan Kesler scored his ninth goal on a power play for a 2-1 lead at 4:15 of the second period, beating Smith high on the left side. Linemates and brothers Henrik and left winger Daniel Sedin had assists on the goal.
Henrik Sedin has a points in 12 straight games and leads the NHL with 17 assists. He is tied for second in the league in scoring with 20 points. The Sedin twins signed matching four-year, $28 million contract extensions Friday.
The Coyotes tied the game at 2 when Doan beat Luongo on a one-timer at 17:39 of the second period. Luongo deflected a bad-angle shot by right winger David Moss toward center ice, where defenseman Keith Yandle picked it up and faked a shot before feeding an open Doan for his fifth goal of the season.
NOTES: Coyotes D Zbynek Michalek played in his 600th game Tuesday. He entered the game with four assists and 48 blocked shots, second in the league. ... Vancouver G Roberto Luongo entered the game with 64 shutouts, two away from tying former Colorado goaltender and current Avalanche coach Patrick Roy for 14th place in NHL history. ... Coyotes coach Dave Tippett (166) broke a tie with Bobby Francis for the most wins in franchise history Saturday in San Jose. Tippett did it in 309 games, Francis in 390. Wayne Gretzky is third, with 143 wins in 328 games. ... Phoenix D Derek Morris left the ice in the first period and did not play in the second, leaving the Coyotes to rotate five defensemen. Morris had two goals and two assists in the last five games. ... The Coyotes signed amateur free-agent C Tyler Gaudet to a three-year entry-level contract Monday, adding depth in the middle.

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