VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored 1:18 apart on the same power play late in the third period, backup Jason LaBarbera made 46 saves, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Friday night.
Shortly after killing off a lengthy 5-on-3 for the Canucks No. 1 ranked power play, the Coyotes got a five-minute power play when Vancouver forward Alex Burrows was given a major and game misconduct for pushing Vernon Fiddler face first into the end boards.
Vrbata scored with 6:29 left after collecting a loose puck in the slot and firing a blind backhand past Roberto Luongo. Doan blasted a shot through Vrbata's screen with 5:11 left as the Coyotes won their fifth straight game to move one point behind San Jose atop the Pacific Division.
Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff spoiled LaBarbera's shutout on a rebound just over two minutes later, but Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net with 1:05 left.
Luongo finished with 26 saves for the league-leading Canucks, who had their winning streak snapped at seven games by their former backup goalie.
LaBarbera was playing his first game in the Phoenix net since Feb. 23. Ilya Bryzgalov made 35 saves in his 10th straight start — and 29 of the last 30 — on Thursday night.
It was just the second start in over two months for LaBarbera, who gave up eight goals his last game, but there were no signs of early rust.
He made a fully extended toe save on a power play deflection and gloved Chris Higgins backhand in alone after a turnover at the side of the net in the opening eight minutes.
LaBarbera was at his best against a Canucks power play that had scored on its last five attempts coming in. But LaBarbera helped blank them on four attempts, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:10 in the third period.
NOTES: Fiddler went to the Coyotes locker room after his face hit the edge of the boards but was back on the ice 10 minutes later. ... Right after Luongo s first period delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass expired, LaBarbera took one for tripping Henrik Sedin at the side of the net. ... The Coyotes are 6-0-0 in Western Canada this year and the first team to win twice in Vancouver this season.