Pyatt leads Coyotes to 6th straight win
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Taylor Pyatt finally came back to haunt the Canucks.
Let go by Vancouver two summers ago, Pyatt scored his second goal of the game 5:52 into the third period and the Phoenix Coyotes extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Sunday night.
"You always want to play well against your old team," said Pyatt, who wasn't offered a new contract after three seasons in Vancouver and later signed with the Coyotes as a free agent. "There's always some extra motivation there, so to come out and get a couple goals definitely feels good."
Pyatt's first goal put the Coyotes up 2-0 early in the second period. But after Christian Ehrhoff and Tanner Glass tied it before the period ended, Pyatt added his second when Keith Yandle's shot from the high slot bounced off his leg and under goalie Roberto Luongo's arm.
"Well I'd rather see him score against other teams," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "But he was a good teammate for us for a lot of years and a great linemate for us. It's nice to see him on the ice and having fun."
Pyatt's new team is having a lot more fun that his old one these days.
Scottie Upshall also scored, Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves and Phoenix, coming off wins in Calgary and Edmonton, swept a Western Canadian road trip for the first time. Bryzgalov made a couple of nice late saves and got a break when defenseman Alex Edler hit the post off his glove with 4:53 left as the Coyotes recorded at least a point for the eighth straight game (6-0-2).
"The one thing I like is we've got everybody contributing," coach Dave Tippett said. "Every night, it seems like there's a different guy that steps up and plays well, or a different line. Our goaltending has been solid through it, but for the most part it's been a solid team effort."
The same can't be said for the Canucks, who were coming off a 7-1 pounding by Chicago on Saturday night. Vancouver has lost consecutive games at home after starting 6-0-1, and four straight overall (0-3-1).
"We're having a tough time right now finishing and finding the back of the net and it seems the other team is throwing pucks at our net and it's going off shin pads and stuff like that," coach Alain Vigneault said.
At least Luongo made it through this game, though for a while it didn't look good. Pulled from the Chicago loss after giving up four goals on 20 shots, Loungo required medical attention midway through the second period after extending his left leg to stop Sami Lepisto alone in tight.
"His stick got caught under me and as I fell my whole body weight fell on top of his blade and it gave me a charley horse," said Luongo, who finished with 25 saves. "It was a little bit painful but I got through it."
Vancouver started a lot better after the sloppy, mistake-filled loss to Chicago, but after failing to convert several chances in the first 10 minutes still trailed 2-0 just 6 minutes into the second period. Shortly after Bryzgalov made a couple of big saves in a wild scramble 2 minutes in, Phoenix scored two similar looking rebound goals less that 4 minutes apart.
First Upshall got his own rebound after tipping Nolan Yonkman's point shot at 2:22. Then Pyatt pounced on a rebound from David Schlemko's tipped point shot in the slot before spinning and firing between Luongo's legs.
"Just try to get traffic and bang a few home," Pyatt said.
Ehrhoff put Vancouver on the board with a shot from between the circles at 8:51, and Glass tied it on a 2-on-1 just over 5 minutes later. But it was another goal with lots of bodies in front that put Phoenix back ahead for good.
"It went off the guy's shin going to the net, so just a lucky goal by them," Loungo said. "It's tough to lose on a goal like that."
NOTES: Phoenix captain Shane Doan returned after missing seven games because of a lower-body injury, but C Kyle Turris, who is from the area, missed the game after getting hit in the head twice Friday. Vancouver D Keith Ballard missed a second game with the flu, and has been out 11 games (four as a healthy scratch) after only missing 13 in his first five NHL seasons. ... The TV screens on the giant scoreboard above center ice wasn't working, so it was lowered in the first intermission and a worker spent the rest of the game inside, getting it working in the second intermission. The Canucks, who have the NHL's top-ranked power play, did not get any power plays.
Updated November 21, 2010