Mike Smith and Phoenix's penalty-killing unit gave the Coyotes a much-needed lift.
Smith stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period and the Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Thursday night to stop a four-game losing streak.
"It's hard to win in this league and especially lately," Smith said. "We did a lot of good things that we can build on, and hopefully got the monkey off our back."
In a game full of penalties and killed power plays, the Coyotes got stellar goaltending, 20 minutes of penalty killing and just enough offence while the Canucks continued to struggle on offence. Phoenix also got a break on a reviewed goal in the third period.
Vancouver lost for the eighth time in nine games as an apparent goal from captain Henrik Sedin near the midpoint of the third was waved off after a replay review.
Smith stopped Kevin Bieksa's shot but the rebound came to Sedin, who knocked the puck into the net with his hand, it was determined. The Canucks have one goal in their last three games and lost all three on their road trip to Southern California and Arizona.
"Making saves to give the team a chance to win," Smith said. "The shutout is just obviously a bonus but if you don't get it, you don't win the game, or you might, but it's not something I look at."
Still, Vancouver had a chance to draw even after a high-sticking double-minor against centre Martin Hanzal late in the game. The Canucks were on a power play for all but the last 4 seconds of the game, with six attackers for the final minute, but failed to score.
The teams combined for five power plays in the first period, three for the Canucks and two for the Coyotes. Phoenix scored on its second man-advantage situation with 7:09 remaining in the period.
Keith Yandle faked a shot from the point and passed to Vermette in front of the red line almost directly to goaltender Eddie Lack's left. Vermette took the tough-angle shot and the puck glanced off a Canucks defender and past Lack.
"I think it's a good sign," Vermette said.
Earlier, Lack's reflexes kept the game scoreless when he turned away a good opportunity for Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the 6:18 mark.
Confidence not the issue
The Canucks started the second period on a power play that didn't produce results. Daniel Sedin had an open net 4:32 into the period, but his shot sailed high and over the goal.
Vancouver coach John Tortorella said confidence isn't the issue with his team.
"It's a team that is having a hell of a time making an offensive play," he said. "It's a game of those little details, so it's been tough sledding as far as developing offence.
"This stuff, lack of confidence and this and that, we're grown men here," Tortorella added. "It's a big part of our business is to make big plays at key times, so I don't buy the confidence. We just simply have to get something done."
The Coyotes had a 3-on-1 chance with just over 8 minutes left in the second, but Lack stretched out to stop Radim Vrbata's shot and the Canucks cleared the puck, to the delight of a large contingent of blue-clad Vancouver fans inside Jobing.com Arena.
Ekman-Larsson hit the post with a shot with 24 seconds left in the period and the Coyotes on their fifth power play of the game. Vancouver's penalty minutes were an improvement from the 142 combined from the Canucks' previous two games.
The Canucks had several good chances in the third period but Smith turned them away each time, including a save on Brad Richardson's wrist shot with no defender in front of him at the 1:20 mark.