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Oilers 3, Coyotes 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

NHL.com | Dave Vest

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Oilers 3, Coyotes 2, SO
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Edmonton Oilers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Smyth
1st
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:35
Mike Smith
2nd
SA: 43TOI: 64:54
GA: 2EV: 29-30
PIM: 0PP: 8-9
SV%: .953SH: 4-4
Nikolai Khabibulin
3rd
SA: 36TOI: 64:57
GA: 2EV: 26-27
PIM: 0PP: 7-8
SV%: .944SH: 1-1

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers kept shooting, and they were rewarded with a shootout win.

Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle got tiebreaker goals past Mike Smith, giving Edmonton a 3-2 win over the Coyotes at Rexall Place on Saturday afternoon.

Smith made 41 saves for the Coyotes, including a glove catch on Gagner during a 4-on-3 short-handed situation in overtime. He also made several saves during regulation to thwart breakaways by the Oilers.

Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves, and stopped Mikkel Boedker and David Rundblad in the shootout.

Trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, the Oilers tied the score with 11:56 left in the third on a tap-in goal by Teemu Hartikainen.

A clearing attempt off the boards by Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson did not get past Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz, whose shot from the point was deflected by Ryan Smyth across the crease to Hartikainen waiting at the left post. It was his first goal in 15 games this season.

Matthew Lombardi, who had not played since Jan. 24, scored his first goal of the season to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead in the second period.

The goal at 9:42 was the result of Lombardi going hard to the crease during a power play. Boedker's shot from the right-wing boards hit the far post and ricocheted off the left leg of Khabibulin. Lombardi skated in from the opposite side and was able to backhand the loose puck into the net.

The goal snapped a 1-for-23 power-play slump for Phoenix, but it finished the game 1-for-7.

Kyle Chipchura's hard work put the Coyotes ahead 1-0 early in the first period. He stole the puck behind the Edmonton net, skated out in front, turned and fired a shot past Khabibulin at 5:23.

Smith held the Oilers scoreless in the first, stopping two short-handed breakaways by Oilers Eric Belanger and Gagner. Smith got help in the second period when, after making a sprawling save, Keith Yandle had to bat a goal-bound puck away with his glove.

Photo by Getty Images.

The Oilers finally broke through at 16:22 of the second period. Nail Yakupov won the race for a dump-in that hit off the end boards and his pass in front was tapped in by Eberle.

“It was disappointing to lose after having a 2-0 lead,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. “You expect to win at that point, and unfortunately we didn’t. We had opportunities on the power play and we didn’t capitalize on them.”

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said his team was sloppy with the puck and it cost them the extra point.

“We just kept giving them the puck back,” Tippett said. “And when you keep giving the puck back to them, they're going to do good things with it. … We'll take the two points, but that's a game I'd like to see our team lock down and put away.”

Edmonton was without leading scorer Taylor Hall, who served the first of a two-game suspension he received for kneeing Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

“I thought this was a really critical moment in our season, to stay with the pack,” Oilers Head Coach Ralph Krueger said. “We were very disappointed with the last few games and the magnitude of these points was clear. To be down 2-0 was a real test of our mettle and our makeup. The team stayed with it.”

ICE CHIPS

Matthew Lombardi

1. Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi returned to the lineup after missing the past 12 games because of an upper-body injury. Lombardi played 17:59 and scored the team’s second goal after teammate Mikkel Boedker nearly scored. It was Lombardi’s first goal since coming back to Phoenix via a trade just before the season started. “I was pretty surprised it didn't go in there ... it hit two posts,” Lombardi told FOX Sports between periods. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”

2. The Coyotes played with forwards Radim Vrbata (lower-body injury) and Martin Hanzal (upper-body injury), who have notched 12 and 10 points, respectively. Both players are considered day-to-day. They also played minus injured defensemen Derek Morris (upper-body injury) and David Schlemko (upper-body injury).

3. Coyotes forward Raffi Torres played in his 600tth NHL game. Torres logged 15:33 of ice time and delivered a team-high three hits.

4. Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette assisted on Kyle Chipchura’s goal in the first period. It was Bissonnette’s first point of the season in his 10th game.

5. The loss snapped Phoenix’s winning streak at Rexall Place at five games. Before Saturday, the Coyotes had not lost at Edmonton since Nov. 23, 2009.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:23
PHX
Kyle Chipchura (2) ASST: Nick Johnson (2), Paul Bissonnette (1)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
09:42
PHX
PPG - Matthew Lombardi (1) ASST: Mikkel Boedker (8), Lauri Korpikoski (4)
2 - 0 PHX
16:22
EDM
Jordan Eberle (6) ASST: Nail Yakupov (5), Sam Gagner (12)
2 - 1 PHX
3rd Period
08:04
EDM
PPG - Teemu Hartikainen (1) ASST: Ryan Smyth (4), Justin Schultz (5)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMPHX
1S. GagnerM. Boedker
2J. EberleD. Rundblad
penalty summary
1st Period
09:25
EDM
Chris VandeVelde  Holding against  Antoine Vermette
12:26
PHX
David Moss  Hooking against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
14:56
EDM
Ben Eager  Tripping against  Steve Sullivan
16:53
EDM
Jeff Petry  Interference against  David Moss
2nd Period
06:15
EDM
Nick Schultz  Hi stick - double minor against  David Moss
10:54
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Ryan Smyth
13:55
EDM
Ben Eager  Slashing against  Antoine Vermette
3rd Period
04:21
EDM
Eric Belanger  Hooking against  Mikkel Boedker
07:57
PHX
Keith Yandle  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
OT Period
00:55
PHX
Lauri Korpikoski  Hooking against  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
goalie stats
Mike Smith
SA: 43TOI: 64:54
Saves: 41EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .953SH: 4 - 4
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 36TOI: 64:57
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
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