Coyotes continue winning ways at home
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:15 AM
Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
The Phoenix Coyotes
did it again on Tuesday night.
Making his first start since Dec. 17, Jason LaBarbera
made 28 saves through overtime and then went 3-for-3 in the shootout as the Coyotes won their 10th straight on home ice with a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks
at Jobing.com Arena.
''It's always weird when you play your ex-teammates especially when it's so close,'' said LaBarbera, who was the backup to Roberto Luongo
last season. ''I ended the year with them and we had a lot of good memories in the playoffs, and I just wanted to come with a good effort tonight.''
Ed Jovanovski and Petr Prucha scored in regulation and Lauri Korpikoski
had the lone goal of the shootout for the Coyotes, who surpassed the nine-game streak set by the Winnipeg Jets from Dec. 27, 1992 through Jan. 23, 1993.
Phoenix has won four of its last five overall, only losing Monday night in a shootout at San Jose.
''I'm just proud of how hard the guys competed,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ''I mean you've got Vancouver on a winning streak, sitting here last night watching our game on TV. We played a hard, hard game in San Jose and we come back here and the guys muster up that kind of effort, it makes our whole coaching staff very proud.''
and Kyle Wellwood scored for the Canucks, who became the last team in the League to record an overtime loss. LaBarbera denied both of them in the shootout.
''I've seen Wellwood enough times last year in practice and I knew he was goint to slow down,'' LaBarbera said. ''He holds the puck out in front of him so it's a little bit easier for me to get to it.''
After a scoreless first period, Jovanovski gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal midway through the second. With Alex Burrows in the box for slashing, Jovanovski beat Luongo from the left circle for his seventh goal of the season.
Samuelsson tied the game just 49 seconds later at even strength, as he took a pass from Henrik Sedin
and ripped a wrist shot from the top of the right circle past LaBarbera to make it 1-1. It was Samuelsson's 11th goal of the season.
''If you think you're coming to Phoenix now for an easy two points that's not the case now,'' Samuelsson said.
Prucha restored the Coyotes' lead with 2:58 to play in the second, when he let go a shot that went off Luongo (23 saves) and found its way into the net to make it 2-1. Wellwood forced overtime when he beat LaBarbera at 13:48 of the third.
''We got one of those loser points so everybody can get off our case because we didn't have one,'' said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. ''But I would rather have won and still have people on our case for not having one of those loser points.''
Material from wire services was used in this report.