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Coyotes 4, Oilers 2

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Coyotes 4, Oilers 2
Edmonton Oilers 2, Phoenix Coyotes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Daymond Langkow
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:23
Boyd Gordon
Boyd Gordon
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:41
Adrian Aucoin
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:37

By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
-- No one in the Coyotes dressing room or even Head Coach Dave Tippett himself was aware that the team's 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night was his 100th behind Phoenix's bench. Or if they did, no one was admitting it.

For a man who celebrates personal milestones with all the enjoyment of a trip to the dentist, Tippett was much more concerned with one win – this one – than how many he has compiled in his two-plus years in the desert. But if No. 100 was going to come, it was nice that it came on a night when the Coyotes (7-4-2) implemented his no-nonsense, defensively responsible coaching style to perfection.

"It is what it is. I like to win, so I have no problem with that I guess," Tippett said, smiling. "I thought our first 40 minutes was very good, we played the game fast and we knew had to start better. I liked the way our guys hung in there and we got two big points for us."

Daymond Langkow and Adrian Aucoin scored second-period goals, goalie Mike Smith made 24 saves and the Phoenix defense threw a net over the young and speedy Oilers and snapped their six-game winning streak before a boisterous crowd of 13,381 at Arena.

Edmonton rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins spoiled Smith's bid for his first shutout with the Coyotes with his sixth goal in first 13 NHL games with 10:33 left in regulation. But just 2:09 later, Phoenix's Boyd Gordon completed a pretty tic-tac-toe sequence with linemates Radim Vrbata and Ray Whitney to restore the two-goal lead (see KEY MOMENT below).

The Oilers (8-3-2) came right back with 6:13 left when Theo Peckham deflected a Colten Teubert shot from the point past Smith to move Edmonton back within a goal. But Phoenix stayed out of trouble from there, and Whitney added an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left to ice the Coyotes fifth win in the past seven games (5-1-1).

Tippett reached 100 wins faster than any coach in franchise history, in just his 177th game (100-55-22). He now has 371 wins in his NHL coaching career in Dallas and Phoenix and is the fourth coach in franchise history to reach 100 wins, following Bobby Francis (165), Wayne Gretzky (143) and John Paddock (106).

The Coyotes held the high-flying Oilers, who came into the game with six straight wins and having allowed just 16 goals in their first 12 games, to just 14 shots in the first two periods and used puck control and a swarming forecheck to keep Edmonton hemmed in their own zone.

Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk, subbing for the red-hot Nikolai Khabibulin, kept his team in the game with several highlight-reel stops among his 26 saves – 14 of them, in the first period. But he couldn't stop them all as the Coyotes beat the Oilers for the seventh time in their last eight meetings.

Photo by Getty Images.

Phoenix broke through on a pretty play 4:44 into the second period. From behind his own net, defenseman Keith Yandle feathered a pass through defender Tom Gilbert and caught Langkow in stride at center ice, Langkow skated in unmarked and flipped a backhander across the crease for his third goal of the season, all of them at home.

The Coyotes made it 2-0 late in the period by scoring only the sixth power-play goal in 50 chances by Edmonton opponents this season. With Ladislav Smid in the box for interference, Patrick O'Sullivan gobbled up Anton Lander's poor clearing attempt and fed Aucoin at the point. With teammate Taylor Pyatt providing a perfect screen, Aucoin's low hard shot beat Dubnyk for his first goal in 30 games, dating to Feb. 27, 2011, in Chicago.

Nugent-Hopkins gave his team some life by skating through the Phoenix defense, setting up Jordan Eberle for a shot and cleaning up the rebound for his 12th point of the year. But Gordon, centering the second line in place of the injured Martin Hanzal, finished off a pretty play for what proved to be the game-winner.

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


Soon after giving up a goal that turned a 2-0 lead into a 2-1 lead, the Coyotes regained momentum by scoring a pretty goal in which all five skaters were involved.

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and passed it cross-ice to partner David Schlemko, who then sent the puck back across the ice to Radim Vrbata at center ice along the right wing. Vrbata then fed Ray Whitney in the offensive zone of the left side, and Whitney dished to Boyd Gordon at the top of the crease. Gordon capped the nifty passing exchange with a back-handed shot past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk at 11:36 of the third period. 

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.

• Captain Shane Doan took a team-high four shots and delivered a team-high six hits.

• Goalie Mike Smith assisted on Daymond Langkow's goal. It was Smith's fourth NHL assist.

• Despite giving up 11 third-period goals this season, the Coyotes are 7-0-0 in the games in which they've led after two periods.

• The Coyotes have killed 41 of their opponents' past 44 power plays dating to the season opener on Oct. 8.

• Center Cal O'Reilly, whom Phoenix acquired in a trade with Nashville last week, made his debut with the Coyotes. He played 13:00 and won four of six faceoffs.

• Center Martin Hanzal did not play because of a lower-back injury suffered in his last shift of Wednesday's game at Colorado. Hanzal is considered day-to-day. Ray Whitney wore Hanzal's "A" for the second straight game.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette and Martin Hanzal.

• The Coyotes' next game is Thursday vs. Montreal at Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
"I had some real good chances and unfortunately I only buried one. That's what you want to do though, create chances. If you get enough of them, some will go in." "It was a very entertaining hockey game the first couple of periods. There were some chances both ways. (In the) third period our execution wasn't very good...but, I liked the way our guys hung in there and we got two big points." "I don’t think we came out hard enough in the first two periods. I think we let them dictate the game and then we had a good push in the third period."
Langkow Tippett Nugent-Hopkins
  • Feb. 25, 2012:
• March 18, 2012:
  • Nov. 5, 2011: PHX 4, EDM 2
• Dec. 15, 2011:

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Daymond Langkow (3) ASST: Keith Yandle (7), Mike Smith (1)
1 - 0 PHX
PPG - Adrian Aucoin (1) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (1)
2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (6) ASST: Jordan Eberle (8), Ryan Smyth (6)
2 - 1 PHX
Boyd Gordon (2) ASST: Ray Whitney (8), Radim Vrbata (6)
3 - 1 PHX
Theo Peckham (1) ASST: Colten Teubert (1), Magnus Paajarvi (1)
3 - 2 PHX
EN - Ray Whitney (6) ASST: Radim Vrbata (7), Boyd Gordon (4)
4 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Ladislav Smid  Cross checking against  Lauri Korpikoski
2nd Period
Raffi Torres  Too many men/ice - bench
Ladislav Smid  Interference against  Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
3rd Period
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 29TOI: 58:51
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 3
Mike Smith
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
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