Coyotes drop point in overtime loss to Canucks in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game at 4:09 of overtime and the struggling Vancouver Canucks beat the road-weary Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks. Spencer Martin stopped 21 shots in his first start since starter Thatcher Demko suffered a lower-body injury on Thursday night that is expected to sideline him for about six weeks.
Jakob Chychrun and Christian Fischer scored for the Coyotes, who are 0-2-2 in their last four and 4-5-3 on their 14-game homestand while construction continues at their new home at Mullett Arena. Karel Vejmelka made 29 saves.
Horvat tipped Quinn Hughes’ long shot from the slot on an overtime power play after Arizona was called for too many men.
Boeser forced overtime, dropping to one knee to get off a blistering wrist shot that soared past Vejmelka and tied the score at 2-2 with 8:12 remaining in the third period.
An errant pass led to the game’s opening goal. Arizona’s Jusso Valimaki picked off the puck and sliced it to Liam O’Brien, who sprang Fischer for a clear breakaway. Fischer slid a shot under Martin’s left pad with 8:38 left in the first for his fifth goal of the season.
Vancouver got a power-play goal of its own with 3:11 left in the opening period after Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz was called for delay of game for putting the puck over the glass. Pettersson fired a shot from distance and Horvat, stationed at the side of the net, tipped it in to tie it 1-1 with his 18th.
Arizona regained the lead 1:52 into the second after Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes was called for hooking. Chychrun launched a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle, sending the puck sailing into the top corner of the net to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.
Vancouver had two goals waved off. The first when Nils Hoglander’s score was nullified by a hooking penalty on teammate J.T. Miller with about 6:30 left in the second. Then, Nils Aman’s goal 3:30 later was taken away when a video review showed Arizona’s J.J. Moser fell into the net and knocked it off its pegs “well prior” to the goal being scored.
The Canucks went 1-for-8 with the man advantage while the Coyotes were 1-for-3.
PLAYING FOR A CURE
Vancouver held its annual Hockey Fights Cancer night. Canucks players wore lavender-colored warm-up jerseys with name bars paying tribute to someone who’s battled the disease. A young cancer patient from B.C. Children’s Hospital performed the ceremonial puck drop.
The Coyotes are at the Flames in Calgary on Monday night in the 13th of a season-high 14-game road trip.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2.