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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
Ray Whitney
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 15:57
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:59
Martin Hanzal
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:46

By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
Even after his team gave back a pair of leads and was caught in a dogfight, Head Coach Dave Tippett felt his sputtering Coyotes were finally playing well enough to win.

All they needed was a big play – and captain Shane Doan delivered (see KEY MOMENT below).

Less than six minutes after Taylor Hall's second power-play goal of the game pulled Edmonton even for a second time, Doan put the game-winner behind Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk with 8:15 left, paving the way to a 4-2 win on Thursday night at Arena that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Lauri Korpikoski and Radim Vrbata scored hustle goals in the first and second periods, respectively, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson added some insurance with 5:23 left in the third for the Coyotes (16-12-3), who outshot Edmonton, 42-20, and dominated puck possession to avoid going pointless in four straight games for the first time in Tippett's tenure in Phoenix.

Phoenix's penalty kill continued to struggle as Hall scored power-play goals in the second and third periods. Phoenix, which had the NHL's third-best PK unit two weeks ago, has now allowed 11 power-play goals in its last seven games. But Tippett felt his team deserved to win and earned their two points.

"Right through our lineup we had a strong presence, we were engaged in the game and if a mistake happened, we overcame it," said Tippett, who benched veteran defenseman Derek Morris, demoted and juggled several forwards and pointedly voiced his displeasure with his team's play after Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Anaheim. "We did a lot of good things, and we were rewarded on the scoresheet for it."

Goalie Mike Smith had to make just 18 saves to get his second win of the month.

Hall scored his eighth and ninth goals in his first game back since suffering a shoulder injury in Colorado on Nov. 26. The Oilers (14-1-4-3) have lost seven of nine and are 6-12-1 since losing, 4-2, to Phoenix in their last visit to Arena on Nov. 5 after an 8-1-1 start.

Photo by Getty Images.

The first goal continues to be the barometer for Phoenix. The Coyotes are now an uncanny 14-1-3 when scoring first this season, collecting 31 of their 35 points in those 18 games. When Phoenix gives up the first goal, its record is 2-11-0 -- and the Coyotes were outscored 8-0 in the first period of the three-game losing streak they took into Thursday's game. But Korpikoski's great individual effort 15:18 into the game earned the Coyotes the advantage they crave.

Korpikoski fanned on a shot from the right circle but scampered after it, dove out to reach the puck first and fluttered a shot over Dubnyk's right shoulder to give the Coyotes their first lead since beating Nashville 3-2 on Dec. 6.

The Oilers tied the score when, capping a flurry of five penalties to both sides through the second period, Phoenix center Boyd Gordon slashed Eric Belanger off a faceoff and Edmonton cashed in. Hall walked out from behind the net, took a pass from rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and squeezed the puck under Smith's paddle for his eighth goal at 16:02 of the second to tie the score. But Edmonton couldn't build on it.

Vrbata put the Coyotes back in front with 36.9 seconds left in the period, just seconds after a Martin Hanzal goal was washed out by the officials due to goalie interference – although replays clearly showed Phoenix's Ray Whitney was cross-checked into the crease by Edmonton's Corey Potter.

Photo by Getty Images

But on the same shift, Whitney and Hanzal both put shots on Dubnyk before Vrbata roofed a forehand for his team-leading 15th goal and 14th in the last 22 games.

"I thought Vrby was going to get tossed out of the game there for a second with the mouth he was using," Whitney said with a smile. "It's funny how the Czechs can speak perfect English when it comes to stuff like that. But it was a little redemption, a little karma that he was able to score right after that."

The Coyotes' penalty-kill unit, however, continued to betray them. Keith Yandle was sent off for boarding and Hall cashed in with 13:49 left in regulation to pull Edmonton even again.

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

With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson fed a pass to Shane Doan at the bottom of the left circle. Doan stickhandled around Edmonton's Corey Potter and beat Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk with a shot at 11:45 to put Phoenix ahead for good.

The goal snapped a seven-game goal-less drought for Doan.

► Click here to watch the KEY MOMENT.
Photo by Norm Hall.
• Before the game, the NHL and the Coyotes honored winger Ray Whitney for notching his 600th NHL assist last week at Detroit. With Whitney's parents, wife and children near his side on the ice, NHL Manager of Hockey Operations Rob Blake presented him with an engraved Tiffany crystal sculpture, Coyotes G.M. Don Maloney presented him with a photo collage of some of his assists and teammates presented him with an engraved golden apple and shares of Apple stock. (apple = hockey term for assist).

Click here to watch the pre-game ceremony.

• Three Coyotes notched a two-point game: defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (one goal, one assist), center Martin Hanzal (two assists) and winger Ray Whitney (two assists).

• Center Cal O'Reilly returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 25, a span of nine games. He played 11:44 and chipped in an assist.

• Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who missed the first two months of the season with an upper-body injury, assisted on Lauri Korpikoski's goal for his first point of the season.

• Center Daymond Langkow took a game-high nine shots on goal, including seven in the first period.

• Defenseman Keith Yandle played 28:04, took five shots on goal and blocked two shots.

• The Coyotes scratched Paul Bissonnette, Derek Morris and Kyle Turris.

• The Coyotes' next game is Saturday vs. the New York Rangers at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on Money Radio 1510 (AM).
"Defensively our game hasn't been great... We addressed it, we talked about it and we discussed it. That 1-0 mentality is how we've had success in the last year and a half that I've been here. We haven't been doing that very well and tonight we were a little bit better, but I think we can still probably tighten it up." "We haven't been scoring the way we want to as a group, particularly our line, but we know that if we keep going hard and keep doing the little things it'll work out."  "There wasn’t a lot of room out there and they played like they always do. They played pretty consistently with their system. We could take a little note from them in how they play the same way every night and they’re all on the same page."
Whitney Doan Hall
  • Feb. 25, 2012:
  • March 18, 2012:
  • Nov. 5, 2011: PHX 4, EDM 2
  • Dec. 15, 2011: PHX 4, EDM 2

scoring summary
1st Period
Lauri Korpikoski (7) ASST: Cal O'Reilly (3), Michal Rozsival (1)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
PPG - Taylor Hall (8) ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (20), Jordan Eberle (21)
1 - 1 Tie
Radim Vrbata (15) ASST: Ray Whitney (17), Martin Hanzal (12)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
PPG - Taylor Hall (9) ASST: Ryan Smyth (15), Ryan Whitney (2)
2 - 2 Tie
Shane Doan (8) ASST: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (5), Mikkel Boedker (6)
3 - 2 PHX
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6) ASST: Ray Whitney (18), Martin Hanzal (13)
4 - 2 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
Ray Whitney  Hooking against  Jeff Petry
2nd Period
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Raffi Torres
Martin Hanzal  Boarding against  Theo Peckham
Anton Lander  Holding against  Adrian Aucoin
Eric Belanger  Delay of game
Boyd Gordon  Slashing against  Ryan Smyth
3rd Period
Keith Yandle  Boarding against  Ryan Jones
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 42TOI: 58:06
Saves: 38EV: 37 - 41
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0
Mike Smith
SA: 20TOI: 59:42
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
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