Canucks 2, Coyotes 1, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - David Booth is looking more like the player the Vancouver Canucks thought they were getting in an early season trade.

He scored in regulation and again in the shootout Monday as the Canucks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 in yet another overtime game for Vancouver.

It was the fifth time Booth has scored in 11 games since returning from a knee injury that kept him out six weeks. He also has four assists in that span.

"I feel strong on the puck again and well-balanced out there," said Booth, who's from the Detroit area like linemate Ryan Kesler.

"It's fun coming to the rink when the team's winning and you're playing well," he said. "I'm really enjoying it. It was a process but it's really exciting to be a Canuck now and I think it's showing."

Booth, who is signed through 2014-15, was the key figure in the trade that sent Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson to the Florida Panthers.

He scored a career-high 31 goals for Florida in 2008-09 but missed 54 games the following season because of two concussions.

It was the eighth time in 10 games that the Canucks were taken past regulation by an opponent and their fourth shootout win in seven tries during that span.

"We're comfortable in those games," said Canuck defenseman Kevin Bieksa. "In the shootout we've been getting better results at least."

Booth opened the scoring in the second period when Kesler, who scored the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout, chipped the puck ahead and the speedy Booth skated on to it.

He shielded the puck from defender Keith Yandle and slid it past goalie Jason LaBarbera and inside the far post for his 10th goal of the season.

It wasn't the only time he tried that move during the game.

"If I tried it three or four times tonight and one of them works, I'll take it," Booth said. "All three times (Kesler) made the play. He's seeing the ice really well right now and that really helps me out when he can move the puck and just put it in good areas."

Kesler was the fourth Canuck shooter to beat LaBarbera when he deked the goalie and fired a low shot past him on the stick side.

Vancouver closed to within two points of the idle Detroit Red Wings atop the West and have a game in hand.

The Canucks (35-15-6) halted Phoenix's season-high five-game win streak to improve to 7-0-3 in their last 10 games.

They did give up a late icing to the Coyotes and Yandle tied the game after the ensuing defensive zone faceoff with a shot that seemed to freeze goaltender Roberto Luongo.

"I was caught deep and it kind of dropped a little bit and went off my stick," said Luongo who faced only seven shots in the final period and finished with 23 saves. "It was totally my fault."

He was 2 minutes, 6 seconds from his 58th career shutout.

"Why win 1-0 when you can win a shootout?" Luongo joked.

The Coyotes (27-21-9) moved three points up on Calgary and Colorado in the fight for the conference's final playoff spot.

LaBarbera, the Coyotes' backup goalie, finished with 21 saves but made only two stops in the shootout, missing a chance for his first win since December.

"It hasn't been an easy couple months for me, still haven't won in a while," said LaBarbera who slammed his stick on the crossbar after Kesler's shootout winner. "It hasn't been a whole lot of fun, but you got to find a way to fight through it and give the guys a chance to win. I felt pretty good about my game tonight, obviously other than the end."

LaBarbera had won four of his previous five starts against the Canucks.

"We hoped he would give us a good effort," said Coach Dave Tippett.

" He's played well in this building before. He was solid. He stopped the ones he had to. He managed to give us a point."

The Coyotes started the game without defenseman Derek Morris who went to the morning skate but complained of a sore groin.

They finished it without forward Taylor Pyatt who was hammered into the side boards by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. Tippett said Pyatt "seems all right."

NOTES: Phoenix won both meetings here last season ... LaBarbera played nine games for Vancouver in 2008-09 ... winger Chris Higgins skated with Canuck teammates Monday morning after missing five games because of an adverse reaction to antibiotics prescribed for a bacterial infection ... Higgins didn't play against Phoenix and neither did defenseman Keith Ballard who is suffering from a whiplash injury that's causing headaches ... Ballard didn't skate Monday ... winger Dale Weise also remained out of games but was back on the ice after missing two starts since blocking a shot.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
10:40VAN David Booth (10) ASST: Ryan Kesler (21), Aaron Rome (5) 1 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
17:54PHX Keith Yandle (8) ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
1VANCody Hodgson - Goal
2PHXRay Whitney - Goal
3VANAlexandre Burrows - Save
4PHXRadim Vrbata - Save
5VANAlexander Edler - Goal
6PHXGilbert Brule - Goal
7VANMason Raymond - Save
8PHXShane Doan - Missed
9VANDavid Booth - Goal
10PHXMikkel Boedker - Goal
11VANRyan Kesler - Goal
12PHXBoyd Gordon - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDVancouver CanucksPhoenix Coyotes
1Cody HodgsonRay Whitney
2Alexandre BurrowsRadim Vrbata
3Alexander EdlerGilbert Brule
4Mason RaymondShane Doan
5David BoothMikkel Boedker
6Ryan KeslerBoyd Gordon
Three Stars of the Game
David Booth
David Booth
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:49
Martin Hanzal
Martin Hanzal
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:04
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 24TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: .958SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:03PHX Raffi Torres  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
07:50PHX Michal Rozsival  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:09VAN Alexander Edler  Holding against  Martin Hanzal
2nd Period
07:17VAN Byron Bitz  Hooking against  Oliver Ekman-Larsson
3rd Period
14:11PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson  Holding against  Mike Duco
OT Period
05:00PHX Rostislav Klesla  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
05:00VAN Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Rostislav Klesla
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/3
Faceoff Wins2332
Blocked Shots1413
Penalty Minutes86
3K. YandleD1003021:17
8G. BruleC0001012:22
11M. HanzalC0001020:04
13R. WhitneyL0000020:53
14T. PyattL000204:18
15B. GordonC0000018:06
16R. KleslaD0001225:17
17R. VrbataR0006022:57
19S. DoanR0000020:23
20C. SummersD0001015:41
22D. LangkowC0001018:17
24K. ChipchuraC00-1006:15
28L. KorpikoskiL0014021:23
32M. RozsivalD0000218:50
33A. AucoinD0002020:36
37R. TorresL00-1128:20
89M. BoedkerL0011013:23
1J. LaBarbera2122.95565:00
2D. HamhuisD0004026:12
3K. BieksaD0003225:22
6S. SaloD00-10023:46
7D. BoothL1014016:49
9C. HodgsonC0001014:56
14A. BurrowsR0001018:43
17R. KeslerC0110020:56
21M. RaymondL00-12015:03
22D. SedinL0000018:51
23A. EdlerD00-12226:56
27M. MalhotraC0000013:13
29A. RomeD0110014:33
33H. SedinC0000019:56
34B. BitzR00-10211:35
36J. HansenR0002013:10
40M. LapierreC0002012:04
41A. AlbertsD0010013:26
79M. DucoR0001010:29
1R. Luongo2324.95865:00