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NHL: Vancouver 2, Phoenix 1 (SO)

Feb. 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM   |   Comments

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Ryan Kesler scored in the sixth round of shootout Monday, handing the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 decision over Phoenix.

The Canucks took the advantage twice during the tiebreaker with goals off Jason LaBarbera, but Phoenix answered with tallies by Gilbert Brule and Mikkel Boedker to keep the contest going.

In the sixth round, Kesler fired a shot to the stick-side of LaBarbera for a goal and Roberto Luongo made it hold up with a pad save on Boyd Gordon of Phoenix, giving the Northwest Division-leading Canucks a win to start a three-game homestand.

David Booth notched Vancouver's only regulation goal and Luongo finished with 23 saves.

Keith Yandle forced overtime with a goal from just inside the blue line with 2:06 remaining in regulation for Phoenix, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

LaBarbera turned aside 21-of-22 Vancouver tries.

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