Horvat scores OT winner, Canucks win 3-2 win over Arizona Coyotes

Bo Horvat scored with 50.1 seconds left in overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday.

Horvat and Brock Boeser also had goals for the Canucks (10-12-3) in general.

Jakob Chychrun and Christian Fischer scored for the Coyotes (7-11-4), who are winless in their last four games.

Spencer Martin stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Canucks. He takes over the crease from Thatcher Demko, who is expected to be out for about six weeks after leaving Thursday’s loss to the Florida Panthers with a lower body injury.

Karel Vejmelka made 29 saves for Arizona.

Horvat knocked out Quinn Hughes’ long bomb out of the slot in an overtime power play after Arizona claimed too many men.

Boeser forced overtime and dropped to one knee to unleash a powerful wrist shot that flew past Vejmelka and tied the game 2-2 at the 11:48 mark of the third.

Vancouver had an excellent chance to equalize late in the second minute when Arizona threw back two consecutive penalties, giving the Canucks a two-man advantage for a minute and 19 seconds. The home team missed a single shot across the range.

Briefly, it looked like Vancouver’s Nils Aman could hit the scoreboard with a shot from the top of the crease at 5:00pm in the center frame when Arizona’s JJ Moser fell into the net and ripped it off the bars.

Officials on the ice named a goal, but a review found the net was knocked off “well before” the goal was scored.

Earlier in the picture, Canucks winger Nils Hoglander saw his goal canceled due to teammate JT Miller’s hook penalty.

Arizona took the lead 1:52 into the second after 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 scored a power play goal of their own 16:49 in the first after Arizona’s Nick Schmaltz was called out for game delay for putting the puck over the glass.

Pettersson fired from long range and Horvat, who was on the edge of the net, conceded with his 18th goal of the season to equalize 1-1.

The Canucks went 1-8 with man advantage on Saturday while the Coyotes were 1-3.

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 pushed a shot under Martin’s left support to 11:22 into the first for his fifth goal of the season.


Luke Schenn of Vancouver registered his 2,947. career hits, setting a new record for hits by an NHL defenseman. The league begins tracking hits in 2005–06.


Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday morning that Boeser would be a healthy scratch against the Coyotes. The right winger moved into the lineup after Dakota Joshua picked up a minor injury on the morning’s skate.


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, and a young BC Children’s Hospital cancer patient performed the ceremonial puck toss.


The Canucks complete a four-game homestand on Monday when they host the Montreal Canadiens. The Coyotes battle the flames in Calgary that same night.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

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