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Big effort by Coyote goalie holds off Canucks

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Curtis Joseph made starting on
consecutive nights look easy.

The 38-year-old goalie made 34 saves, and Ladislay Nagy had a
goal and an assist in the Phoenix Coyotes' 2-1 victory over the
Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Joseph's performance came a night after he made 32 saves in
Phoenix's 4-1 victory in Dallas. The victory raised his record to
11-7-0, and he lowered his goals-against average to 2.12.

"Having Fuhrsey (Grant Fuhr) as a goalie coach is a great
help," Joseph said. "The guy's a Hall of Famer. He knows what I'm
thinking before I do."

Anson Carter spoiled Joseph's bid for his third shutout of the
season with 9:03 remaining, stealing an errant clearing attempt by
Denis Gauthier and beating Joseph from the center of the left
faceoff circle.

"He has been exceptional. He's been outstanding," Coyotes
coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He's been one of the best players in
the National Hockey League, without question."

Gretzky said Joseph, who has started 18 of the Coyotes' 26 games
and 12 of their last 15, will take a well-earned night off when
Phoenix plays Anaheim on Wednesday.

Vancouver lost for just the second time in five games. The
Canucks are an NHL-best 10-1-0 at home but only 5-6-2 on the road.

Sean O'Donnell scored his first goal for the Coyotes, who have
won four of their last five.

Phoenix needed only 2:05 to score against goalie Alex Auld. Mike
Johnson passed the puck from the left corner to the high slot, and
O'Donnell, trailing the play, skated into the zone and beat Auld
with a one-timer from between the circles.

Nagy made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 11:30 of the period,
redirecting Jamie Lundmark's shot from the right point past Auld.

Joseph shut out the Canucks for more than 2½ periods, stopping
several point-blank shots along the way. Two of his most difficult
saves came late in the second period when he stopped Ryan Kesler's
shot with his right pad, then made the save on Richard Park's
rebound attempt seconds later.

"We definitely could have buried a few power-play chances and
that might have changed the complexion of the game a little bit,"
Carter said. "We had plenty of chances on the power play. Chances
don't win you hockey games. You have to put the puck in the back of
the net."

The Canucks were scoreless on six power-play chances.

"I think urgency is something we need to have in our play all
the time," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "I can't stand here
and say we were an urgent hockey team. We were waiting for things
to happen instead of creating them."

Shane Doan was awarded the Coyotes' franchise-record fourth
penalty shot of the season when he was pulled down from behind by
Ed Jovanovski. Doan skated straight at Auld, switching briefly from
his forehand to his backhand and back again, before shooting into
the goalie's midsection.

Game notes
The franchise record of three penalty shots was set in
1992-93 in Winnipeg and matched in 1999-00 in Phoenix. ... Doan's
penalty shot was Phoenix's second in two nights. Mike Comrie
misfired Friday night in Dallas against Marty Turco. ... Phoenix D
Keith Ballard leveled Park with a shoulder check to the forward's
face in the second period, setting off a brief skirmish. Park
returned later in the period.