By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter
April 13, 2023
Conor Garland after accomplishing his first career hat trick at 1:19 into overtime, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 OT win over the Arizona Coyotes 5-4 Thursday night. Source: nhl.com
The Vancouver Canucks (38-37-7), 6th in the Pacific Division, visited the Arizona Coyotes (28-40-14), 7th in the Central Division, at Mullett Arena in Tempe, Arizona in the last game of the 2022-23 season for both teams, escaping with a 5-4 OT victory.
It was the Canucks 4th win in their last 5-games to end the season.
The Canucks were 20-12-4 from the time Rick Tocchet took over as Head Coach on January 22 to the completion of the 2022-23 season, to guide Vancouver to a record above .500 overall at 38-37-7.
Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal against Victor Soderstrom #77 of the Arizona Coyotes and Karel Vejmelka #70 during the first period. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Getty Images)
Conor Garland paced the Canucks with his first career hat-trick; Elias Pettersson (39) and J.T Miller (32) on the power play, also scored for Vancouver.
Quinn Hughes had 3 points, all assists (69). Miller had 2 points; Andrei Kuzmenko and Kyle Burroughs, each recorded 2 assists. Anthony Beauvillier and Phillip Di Giuseppe chipped in with single helpers.
Canucks starting goalie Collin Delia stopped 24 of 38 shots to earn his 10th win of the season.
Collin Delia #60 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save with the help from Elias Pettersson #40 against Barrett Hayton #29 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period at Mullett Arena. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Getty Images)
Coyotes were led by Liam O’Brian with 2 goals; Travis Boyd and Nick Schmaltz with a goal each.
Arizona starting goalie Karel Vejmelka stopped 19 of 24 shots in the Coyotes loss, their 6th defeat in their last seven home games of the season.