O'Sullivan, Vrbata, lift Coyotes over Leafs in SO
TORONTO—Patrick O'Sullivan and Radim Vrbata scored shootout goals, and the Phoenix Coyotes overcame Toronto's furious rally to beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The teams put on an entertaining overtime period in which they traded failed scoring chances. Toronto's Tyler Bozak missed on a breakaway, and Coyotes veteran Ray Whitney looked skyward after Ben Scrivens robbed him with a glove save.
Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in regulation for Phoenix (9-4-3).
Mike Komisarek and Phil Kessel had goals in the third period for the Maple Leafs (10-6-2), who have dropped four straight home games.
Toronto is 3-4-1 since a 7-1-2 start. The Maple Leafs also have injury concerns after Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur both left the game.
Scrivens had a tough time in the opening minutes. Doan gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead at 1:54 after linemate Mikkel Boedker stole the puck from Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf as he fell to the ice. He got the puck to Doan, who scored with a wrist shot that went in off Scrivens.
Ekman-Larsson doubled the lead at 5:18 with a long wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic.
The Maple Leafs sprung to life when Komisarek ended Mike Smith's shutout bid with his first goal since October 2010. The defenseman jumped in off the point and converted a pass from Matthew Lombardi at 2:08 of the third period.
That was soon followed by Kessel's NHL-leading 13th goal on a power play. Kessel sneaked in off the boards and slammed home a rebound to make it 2-2.
Scrivens ensured that was enough to get the game to overtime by coming up big on a penalty kill in the final five minutes. He then got his glove on Martin Hanzal's shot.
Toronto finished the game without two-thirds of its second line. MacArthur didn't return for the third period because of an undisclosed lower body injury. Grabovski hobbled off with a few minutes to play following a collision at center ice.
NOTES: Phoenix is 6-0 against the Leafs since the lockout, outscoring them 29-13. ... Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic took in the game. He will face Pete Sampras in an exhibition match at