VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game at 4:09 a.m. in overtime and the struggling Vancouver Canucks defeated the road-weary Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks. Spencer Martin stopped 21 shots on his first start since starter Thatcher Demko suffered a lower body injury Thursday night that is expected to sideline him for about six weeks.
Jakob Chychrun and Christian Fischer scored for the Coyotes, who are 2-0 2-0 in the last four and 4-5-3 in their 14-game home stand as construction continues on their new home at Mullett Arena. Karel Vejmelka made 29 saves.
Horvat tapped Quinn Hughes’ long shot from the slot for an overtime power play after Arizona demanded too many men.
Boeser forced overtime and dropped to one knee to deliver a fierce wrist shot that flew past Vejmelka to level the score at 2-2, remaining 8-12 in the third period.
A bad pass led to the first goal of the game. Arizona’s Jusso Valimaki took the puck and sliced it to Liam O’Brien, who jumped over Fischer for a clear breakaway. Fischer slid a shot under Martin’s left pad with 8:38 in the first for his fifth goal of the season.
Vancouver scored a power play goal of their own in the opening period, 3:11 ahead, after Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz was called out to delay the game for putting the puck over the glass. Pettersson fired a long-range shot and Horvat, standing on the edge of the net, tapped it in with his 18th for a 1-1 equaliser.
Arizona regained the 1:52 lead in the second after Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes was called to hook. Chychrun launched a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle and sent the puck to the top corner of the net to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.
Vancouver had waved off two goals. The first when Nils Hoglander’s score was wiped out by a hook penalty on teammate JT Miller with about 6:30 left in the second. Then Nils Aman’s goal was taken away 3:30 later when a video report showed Arizona’s JJ Moser falling into the net and snapping it off the posts “long before” the goal was scored.
The Canucks went 1-for-8 man advantage while the Coyotes were 1-for-3.
PLAY FOR A CURE
Vancouver hosted its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Canucks players wore lavender pre-match jerseys with name bars paying tribute to someone who has battled the disease. A young cancer patient from BC Children’s Hospital performed the ceremonial puck toss.
The Coyotes are in their 13th of a season-high 14-game road trip Monday night at the Flames in Calgary.
Puck Drop is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2.