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Game Recap

Coyotes 4, Oilers 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Coyotes 4, Oilers 3, SO
Phoenix Coyotes 4, Edmonton Oilers 3
EDMONTON – The Coyotes, who won 14 of 20 shootouts a year ago on their way to the best season in franchise history, rallied from a 3-0 deficit, then got shootout goals from Radim Vrbata, Lee Stempniak and Eric Belanger to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, on Friday night at Rexall Place.

Rookies Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall scored in the shootout for the Oilers, with Hall's goal in the fourth round giving the Oilers a chance to win. But Stempniak beat Devan Dubnyk with a backhander, and Belanger won it moments later (see KEY MOMENT below).

Phoenix (9-5-5) earned its fifth victory in a row and its first shootout win of the season.

Ray Whitney, who once was a stick boy for the Oilers in the 1980s, led the way by notching three primary assists.

The Coyotes capped their comeback from a three-goal deficit when Wojtek Wolski, left alone in the slot, rifled a pass from behind the net by Whitney past Dubnyk with 35 seconds left in regulation.

The Oilers, outscored 28-12 in the first period through their first 17 games, looked to be in trouble again when Andrew Cogliano was assessed a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Kyle Turris 10:02 into the game. Instead, they came out of the long penalty kill with a 1-0 lead when Ales Hemsky took a pass from Ryan Whitney, broke in alone and beat Ilya Bryzgalov at 12:41. Bryzgalov stopped Hemsky's first shot, but the puck bounced off the Oilers' forward and into the net.

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When Shawn Horcoff banked a loose puck off Bryzgalov into the net in a goalmouth scramble with Edmonton on a power play to make it 2-0 four minutes into the second period, the Oilers (4-10-4) had momentum. They didn't stop there.

Bryzgalov had to make point-blank saves on Ryan Whitney and Dustin Penner, both on plays set up by Hemsky, to keep the Coyotes close. Bryzgalov had no chance, though, on Penner's deflection of a Whitney pass to make it 3-0 at 11:59.

It didn't take long for Phoenix to push back. After Lauri Korpikoski and Vrbata, on a power play, put pucks behind Dubnyk 83 seconds apart to cut Edmonton's lead to 3-2, the Oilers were on their heels. The Coyotes carried the play the rest of the period and most of the third, outshooting Edmonton 12-5 in the final 20 minutes and finally getting even on Wolski's sixth-attacker goal.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of contributed to this recap.
Coyotes center Eric Belanger won the game in the shootout by faking a slap shot, cutting to his left and roofing a bad-angled shot after Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk went down.

Belanger entered the game 0 for 5 in NHL shootouts.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
• The Coyotes again played without captain Shane Doan, who suffered a lower-body injury on Nov. 5. Doan is on the three-game trip with the team, and may play on Sunday at Vancouver.

• Center Kyle Turris suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not play in the second or third periods. Turris, who stayed in the game after being boarded by Andrew Cogliano, took a stick across the face by Theo Peckham out of sight of the referees.

• Forward Lauri Korpikoski, who played a season-high 28 shifts, scored a goal, was plus-2 and won six of nine faceoffs. 

• Defenseman David Schlemko, an Edmonton native, assisted on Radim Vrbata's goal in the second period. It was Schlemko's first point of the 2010-11 season. 

• The Coyotes scratched Shane Doan (lower-body injury), Sami Lepisto and Petr Prucha.

• The Coyotes' next game is on Sunday vs. the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on KFNN 1510 (AM).
"We're not fooling ourselves thinking we played a good game tonight. We didn't. We didn't have much compete in us in the first period." "We knew this is a young team. They're still learning and struggling a little bit. We knew down 3-0, the game wasn't over." "I think if you watch that game from start to finish, guys played hard... It was an exciting game and fun to be a part of."
Whitney Belanger Dubnyk
Whitney Hemsky Dubnyk
  • Nov. 19, 2010: PHX 4, EDM 3 (SO)
  • March 17, 2011: 
  • Nov. 23, 2010:
• Jan. 25, 2011: 
scoring summary
1st Period
SHG - Ales Hemsky (5) ASST: Ryan Whitney (15)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (6) ASST: Jordan Eberle (8), Taylor Hall (5)
2 - 0 EDM
Dustin Penner (7) ASST: Ryan Whitney (16), Ales Hemsky (8)
3 - 0 EDM
Lauri Korpikoski (5) ASST: Ray Whitney (9), Radim Vrbata (6)
3 - 1 EDM
PPG - Radim Vrbata (6) ASST: Ray Whitney (10), David Schlemko (1)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
Wojtek Wolski (3) ASST: Ray Whitney (11), Radim Vrbata (7)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1A. HemskyR. Whitney
2S. HorcoffR. Vrbata
3J. EberleL. Korpikoski
4T. HallL. Stempniak
5S. GagnerE. Belanger
penalty summary
1st Period
Andrew Cogliano  Holding against  Vernon Fiddler
Andrew Cogliano  Boarding (maj) against  Kyle Turris
Andrew Cogliano  Game misconduct against  Kyle Turris
2nd Period
David Schlemko  Hooking against  Ryan Jones
Keith Yandle  Holding the stick against  Zack Stortini
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
Ryan Whitney  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
3rd Period
Taylor Pyatt  Tripping against  Colin Fraser
Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Nolan Yonkman
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
OT Period
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 30TOI: 64:35
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 2
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 42TOI: 65:00
Saves: 39EV: 35 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
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