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game recap

Coyotes 3, Oilers 1

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 9:23 PM

By Associated Press
EDMONTON -- Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots to lead the Coyotes to a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at Rexall Place. Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist for Phoenix, which posted its fourth victory in a row.

Lee Stempniak also scored a goal for the Coyotes (38-23-11), who have gone 5-0-1 in their last six games to climb into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

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The Coyotes won despite committing 11 penalties. Magnus Paajarvi scored a power-play goal for the Oilers (23-39-9), who have lost five straight games.

Stempniak gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead with 47 seconds left in the first period by taking a chip pass from Lauri Korpikoski and slipping the puck under Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Coyotes went up 2-0 at 11:32 of the second period on a controversial goal scored by Whitney, a former stick kid for the Oilers (see KEY MOMENT below).

Photo by Getty Images.
Edmonton had a great chance to get back into the game early in the third period as Andrew Cogliano was awarded a penalty shot after being slashed by Keith Yandle on a breakaway attempt. However, Cogliano failed to get his shot past Bryzgalov.

Edmonton finally beat Bryzgalov during a power play at 6:05 of the third as Paajarvi fired a wrist shot into the net from the top of the left faceoff circle. Teemu Hartikainen earned an assist on the play for a point in his first career NHL game.

The Coyotes scored an insurance goal with 8:03 left when Vrbata's shot went off a post and past Khabibulin with Oilers forward Linus Omark in the penalty box for diving.

Bryzgalov made 18 of his 35 saves in the third period when the Oilers outshot the Coyotes 19-2.

► EDITOR'S NOTE:
Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.

 

Leading 1-0, Coyotes forward Ray Whitney got behind Edmonton defenders and jammed the puck between Nikolai Khabibulin's left pad and the right post at 11:32 of the second period. Whitney was awarded a goal on the ice by referee Brad Meier. The goal was reviewed and allowed to stand.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.

 

• The Coyotes won two games in Edmonton in the same season for the first time since 1992-93, when they were the Winnipeg Jets.

• Captain Shane Doan notched an assist to extend his point streak to six games. Doan has produced three goals and five assists in the streak.

• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has faced three penalty shots this season and has not allowed a goal.

• Phoenix improved to 13-3-2 against the five teams from the Northwest Division: Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver.

• Center Vernon Fiddler played a team-high 21:26. He spent 9:10 of that time killing penalties. Fiddler was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 17 of 25 draws.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

• The Coyotes' next game is Friday vs. Vancouver at Rogers Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and can be heard on KFNN 1510 (AM).
 
"I don't think we're going to kid ourselves and think that we played good in any fashion. (Ilya) Bryzgalov was good again, but that's kind of been the story the last month... We didn't play very good at all. If we play like that tomorrow (in Vancouver), they could score in double digits." "We just didn't play very well as a group tonight. That's the bottom line. We took poor penalties at poor times and we just didn't play very well. But, fortunately, we got the points. I'd rather play bad and get points than play good and not get points.'' "Five-on-five I thought we played great. We were getting in on the forecheck and getting shots and getting chances. We need to put those in if we want to win games."
Whitney Tippett Eberle
 
Bryzgalov
Whitney
Reddox
 
  • Nov. 19, 2010: PHX 4, EDM  3
 
• March 17, 2011: PHX 3, EDM 1
  • Nov. 23, 2010: PHX 5, EDM 0
 
• Jan. 25, 2011: EDM 4, PHX 3
scoring summary
1st Period
19:13
PHX
Lee Stempniak (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (19), Eric Belanger (21)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
11:32
PHX
Ray Whitney (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (25), Andrew Ebbett (3)
2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
06:05
EDM
PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Linus Omark (16), Teemu Hartikainen (1)
2 - 1 PHX
11:57
PHX
PPG - Radim Vrbata (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (36), Ray Whitney (39)
3 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
03:29
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
07:28
PHX
Lee Stempniak  Elbowing against  Linus Omark
11:58
EDM
Ryan Jones  Slashing against  Vernon Fiddler
14:28
PHX
Michal Rozsival  Holding against  Ryan Jones
16:03
EDM
Alexandre Giroux  Slashing against  Vernon Fiddler
2nd Period
05:41
PHX
Radim Vrbata  Too many men/ice - bench
08:50
PHX
Ray Whitney  Hi-sticking against  Magnus Paajarvi
16:09
PHX
Brett MacLean  Tripping against  Kurtis Foster
3rd Period
01:29
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Slashing against  Eric Belanger
01:29
PHX
Eric Belanger  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
02:20
EDM
Liam Reddox  Slashing against  Adrian Aucoin
05:17
PHX
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Jordan Eberle
09:16
PHX
Mikkel Boedker  Boarding against  Teemu Hartikainen
11:23
EDM
Linus Omark  Diving
15:21
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .972SH: 2 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 17TOI: 58:00
Saves: 14EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .824SH: 2 - 2
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