Hamhuis the hero; Canucks win in OT

The Vancouver Canucks won their third game in a row, and kept their unbeaten road trip intact with a 4-3 overtime win over the struggling Phoenix Coyotes tuesday.

It was a night of posts, weird bounces, and thrilling action, something not normally witnessed at the jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

With a Gary Bettman led press looming over the heads of the 'yotes, they still managed to come out strong and give the Canucks a run for their money.

Coyotes forward Eric Belanger scored his tenth goal of the year just under four minutes in, when Canucks D Man Sami Salo coughed the puck up to him, and he deposited the puck just under the crossbar.

Just over six minutes later, on the Powerplay, Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored his fifteenth of the year.. or at least, his leg did. Belanger shot the puck from the point, it caromed off Doan's leg and past Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo

However, the Canucks stole all the momentum back when Dan Hamhuis scored his fifth of the year twelve seconds after Doan's goal. Mikael Samuelsson skated in to the end boards, then feathered a nice little pass to Hamhuis, who unloaded short side on Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

In the second period, the Canucks scored on a man advantage of their own, as Henrik Sedin stormed the Coyotes net after a Christian Ehrhoff shot lay in the crease. The Canucks captain swatted the puck in for his sixteenth of the year.

Just a little over three minutes later, the goal parade continued, as Sami Salo atoned for his previous mistake and let go with a shot that bounced off of a Coyotes Dman in front of the net.

Then, with only seconds remanining in the second period, Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski scored his fifteenth of the season, after beating Alex Burrows to a puck and flipping it high over Luongo's glove.

After a scoreless third period, the game went into an extra session. Alex Burrows had a golden opportunity to end the game with a penalty shot in overtime. He fooled Bryzgalov with his deke, but couldn't get the backhand shot over the sprawling goaltender. So, the heroics were left to Hamhuis, who scored his second of the game and sixth goal overall, a carbon copy of his earlier goal. This time, however, he scored five hole with a wrister.

With the Flyers winning, the Canucks remain seven points atop the NHL standings.

The Canucks next play Thursday versus the San Jose Sharks.

Mason Raymond sat out the contest with a sore shoulder, he should be ready to go thursday against the Sharks.. Daniel and Henrik Sedin each had three points, meaning Daniel now has a five point lead in the Art Ross race over Steven Stamkos...Henrik Sedin is now tied with Stamkos for second... the Canucks won for the first time this season when trailing after one period... the Canucks have the most 3rd period goals with 82.


Jonathan Szekeres's picture

Raymond should play tomorrow in San Jose, but he is battling other minor injuries, including a broken finger. He's been fighting the injury bug all season, which kind of explains his dip in play. Honestly though, my worry for the Canucks right now is Ryan Kesler. He's slumping a bit, but I guess every good player does so a couple of times in a season. I would put Raymond-Kesler-Tambellini as the second speed line and see if they could re-ingnite the chemistry they had earlier this season.