GLENDALE, Ariz. - Their specialty teams let the Coyotes down on Monday night in front of 14,547 fans at Jobing.com Arena.
Edmonton defenseman Sheldon Souray scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over Phoenix, which went 1 for 6 on power plays.
“You count on getting big goals from big situations and we didn’t get it and that was the difference tonight,” Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Ales Hemsky scored a power-play goal and Shawn Horcoff added an empty-netter for the Oilers (29-23-4), who earned at least a point in their fourth consecutive game. Goalie Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves for Edmonton.
“We let their power play score and win and we had some chances in the third and our power play didn’t do it for us,” said captain Shane Doan, who had an assist in the game. “We didn’t bury our chances. When it came down to us having to score, we didn’t score.”
Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist kept the Coyotes (25-28-5) in the game by making saves with relative ease in his first start since Jan. 6.
I thought Telly did everything we asked him to do. He hadn’t played in a long time and went in there and did an admirable job. I thought he had a real solid game."- Wayne Gretzky
Known for having one of the hardest shots in the NHL, Souray blasted a one-timer through a screen and Tellqvist for his 15th goal of the season to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead at 5:33 of the third period.
“Shelly has one of the biggest shots in the league and they moved it around well and got the shot,” defenseman Ed Jovanovski said.
The Coyotes had chances all night on the power play, including their sixth opportunity of the game with 2:33 left in regulation, but they couldn’t score the tying goal.
“We had a couple of power plays to get back into the game and we didn’t capitalize and didn’t score and that was the difference in the hockey game,” Gretzky said.
Phoenix received a five-on-three power play for 1:26 in the second period, but couldn’t cash in. The best chance came on a shot from Peter Mueller, who beat Roloson cleanly, but rang the shot off the post.
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The Coyotes received another power play with 12 seconds remaining in the second period and cashed in quickly. Doan launched a blast from the blue line and Ed Jovanovski redirected it past Roloson with 2.8 seconds remaining to tie the score at 1.
“We had our chances,” Jovanovski said. “Their goalie, give him credit, played well.”
Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer and center Martin Hanzal returned to the lineup. Sauer had missed 14 games because of a broken foot and Hanzal missed the past three games because of a shoulder injury.
• The Coyotes had a 4-10-0 record while Sauer was out of the lineup. Sauer played 16:54.
• Coming into this game, Tellqvist last played against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 7. The start for Tellqvist stopped Bryzgalov’s streak for games started at 16 dating to Jan. 8.
• Jovanovski extended his point streak to three games with his goal. He has a goal and two assists in that stretch.
• Phoenix has scored a power-play goal in its past three games.
• Both teams registered 29 shots on goal. Derek Morris led the Coyotes with a team-high six shots.
• Hemsky has two goals and four assists in his past four games.