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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

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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 phoenixcoyotes.com 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
12:41
EDM
SHG - Ales Hemsky (5) ASST: Ryan Whitney (15)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
04:00
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (6) ASST: Jordan Eberle (8), Taylor Hall (5)
2 - 0 EDM
11:59
EDM
Dustin Penner (7) ASST: Ryan Whitney (16), Ales Hemsky (8)
3 - 0 EDM
13:13
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski (5) ASST: Ray Whitney (9), Radim Vrbata (6)
3 - 1 EDM
14:36
PHX
PPG - Radim Vrbata (6) ASST: Ray Whitney (10), David Schlemko (1)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
19:25
PHX
Wojtek Wolski (3) ASST: Ray Whitney (11), Radim Vrbata (7)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMPHX
1A. HemskyR. Whitney
2S. HorcoffR. Vrbata
3J. EberleL. Korpikoski
4T. HallL. Stempniak
5S. GagnerE. Belanger
penalty summary
1st Period
07:36
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Holding against  Vernon Fiddler
10:02
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Boarding (maj) against  Kyle Turris
10:02
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Game misconduct against  Kyle Turris
2nd Period
03:06
PHX
David Schlemko  Hooking against  Ryan Jones
09:57
PHX
Keith Yandle  Holding the stick against  Zack Stortini
09:57
PHX
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
13:41
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Hooking against  Scottie Upshall
3rd Period
12:23
PHX
Taylor Pyatt  Tripping against  Colin Fraser
15:17
EDM
Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
15:17
EDM
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Nolan Yonkman
15:17
PHX
Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
15:17
PHX
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 30TOI: 64:35
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 2
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 42TOI: 65:00
Saves: 39EV: 35 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
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