Kevin Bieksa's overtime goal gives Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win over Phoenix Coyotes
The Canucks ended a scoring drought against Phoenix, scoring five goals tonight at Rogers Arena.
But it was still a 5-4 cliffhanger thanks in part to two flukey goals by the Coyotes.
The difference was an overtime wrist shot by Canucks defender Kevin Bieksa, his fourth of the season and second of the game.
Vancouver's other goals came from Jannik Hansen, Chris Higgins, and Zac Dalpe.
Antoine Vermette scored a hat trick for Phoenix. The other Coyote marker was by Shane Doan at 5:24 of the third period, tying the game at 4-4.
Phoenix outshot Vancouver 33-25.
Vancouver had a power-play going into the overtime, but couldn't convert. On the bright side for the Canucks, it was their first five-goal game since December 14.
And they delivered on assistant coach Mike Sullivan's pregame suggestion that the team was ready to end its scoring slump. Going into the game, Vancouver had only eight goals in its last seven matches.
After tonight's match, Sullivan called it a "strange game".
"There were a lot of chances on both sides, which isn't the game we necessarily want to play," he said.
The Canucks' win lifts the team to within one point of the Los Angeles Kings, who are third in the Pacific Division.
Phoenix is in fifth place, five pionts behind Vancouver but with a game in hand.