Nail Yakupov added to his impressive rookie resumé on Wednesday night in Phoenix, scoring his fourth goal of the season in dramatic fashion as the Oilers beat the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime. The 2012 first-overall draft pick batted a rebound out of mid-air on the power play in overtime to seal the win for the Oilers, who led 1-0 for the majority of the game before Phoenix scored late in regulation to send the game to sudden death. The Oilers improved to 4-2-0-0 on the year with their second straight victory.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette clips Jordan Eberle in the face with his stick to send the Oilers to a four-on-three power play with 2:38 remaining in overtime. The costly infraction led to Nail Yakupov's game-winner a minute and a half later.
Percentage of opponents' shots Devan Dubnyk has stopped in his last two outings, going 37-for-38 on Monday against the Avalanche and 27-for-28 on Wednesday in Phoenix.
Goals Nail Yakupov has scored this season, tying him with fellow Russian Vladimir Tarasenko of St. Louis for the most tallies among NHL rookies.
Combined hits by Oilers defensive pairing Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid in the opening 20 minutes of Wednesday's game.
Nail Yakupov's hand-eye coordination has been on full display this season and he showcased it again to score the winning goal against the Coyotes. Taylor Hall's power-play point shot rebounded off Ryan Whitney and towards Yakupov, who whacked the puck out of the air and into the net to win the game.
For the second consecutive game, Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk was rock-solid between the pipes and came through in the clutch when he was called upon to make a big save. Dubnyk stopped 27 Coyotes shots on Wednesday, the marquee save coming when he stoned Antoine Vermette on a breakaway early in the third period.
Oilers winger Lennart Petrell had the only goal of the game until the Coyotes tied it up with 19 seconds left in the third period. The Finn scored his first goal of the season 4:51 into the opening frame, but his defensive play made him the unsung hero. Petrell knocked the puck away from the Coyotes on a two-on-one rush late in the second period and then blocked a shot that led to a clear and much-needed line change on Phoenix's late third period PP.
Oilers centre Sam Gagner has now recorded at least a point in all six games this season, giving him seven total points and a tie for the team scoring lead with Taylor Hall.
"It's another big goal for Nail. He seems to have a knack for scoring big goals. He finds a way all the time. It's impressive."
– Sam Gagner on linemate Nail Yakupov
Thursday, January 31 at San Jose 8:30pm MST
(SNET-OILERS / 630 CHED)
The first multi-game road trip of the season continues on Thursday with no break between games as the Oilers visit the Sharks in San Jose to close out the January schedule (8:30pm, Sportsnet Oilers and 630 CHED). Edmonton rounds out to the trip on Saturday afternoon with 1:00pm game in Denver against the Avalanche.