Canucks top Coyotes in overtime

Updated: December 7, 2013

Vancouver, BC ( – Christopher Higgins scored at 3:41 of
overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks, who have won
three straight and four of their last five. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots in
the win.

David Moss and Antoine Vermette scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped six
of their last eight. Mike Smith allowed all three goals on 32 shots.

“There were some parts of our game I thought were all right,” said Phoenix
coach Dave Tippett said. “We’re trying to defend better, and we’re giving up
less shots and less chances against. But going into the trip, this game is
about winning and getting points. We got only got three of six and for where
we are, we need a better percentage than that.”

The winning goal came on a rush as Higgins skated in down the left wing and
beat Smith with a wrister from the left circle for his eighth goal of the

After a scoreless first period, the Canucks took a 1-0 lead at 1:26 of the
second period while on the power play as Dan Hamhuis sent a pass from the left
point to the right where Garrison one-timed the puck in.

It was a 2-0 lead for Vancouver as a turnover in the Phoenix end saw Ryan
Stanton slip the puck to Daniel Sedin, who then sent it to his brother at the
right circle for a one-timer with 53.3 seconds to play in the second.

Phoenix made it a 2-1 game at 10:34 of the third as Vermette beat Luongo with
a slap shot, and Moss scored just over two minutes later when he jammed the
puck in during a scrum in front.

“It’s happened to us before and our confidence level didn’t bend there, that’s
good for us. We overcame it and got the win”

Game Notes

Vancouver hosts Colorado on Sunday … Phoenix finishes its four-game road
trip in Colorado on Tuesday … The Coyotes took a 3-2 shootout win over the
Cancuks in Phoenix on Nov. 5 … Vancouver was 1-for-2 on the power play and
Phoenix went 0-for-2.