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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Coyotes

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Phoenix Coyotes

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 9:38 PM MT / Cenovus Game Story
By Marc Ciampa  -
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The Edmonton Oilers face off against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:


Defence pairings:



Out: Arcobello (ribs), Jones (head), Larsen (illness), Potter (groin), Yakupov (healthy)


The game is now underway.

17:29: Bryzgalov was forced to make some big stops early, the best being a left pad save on Paul Bissonnette from point-blank range. Shots on goal three minutes in were 7-2 for Phoenix.

16:04: A glove save by Brzygalov on Keith Yandle preserved a scoreless game. It was the Coyotes' 10th shot of the period.

11:55: David Perron gets sent off for interference, giving Phoenix the game's first power play.

9:01: Shortly after the penalty expired, the Coyotes kept up the pressure. Yandle stripped Nugent-Hopkins of the puck and wired a shot top corner to put Phoenix on the board. | PHX 1, EDM 0
4:10: Coyotes register their 20th shot of the period; outshooting Edmonton 20-4 with four minutes left in the first.

1:10: With just over a minute to go in the period, Hall muscled the puck to the net where Nugent-Hopkins was stationed in front. His backhand attempt beat Mike Smith to pull the Oilers back on even terms. | EDM 1, PHX 1
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 21-6 for the Coyotes.


Second period is now underway.
19:35: Only 25 seconds into the second period, the Oilers struck to take their first lead of the night. Hall spotted David Perron with a nice breakout pass and Perron broke into the Coyotes zone before wiring a shot past Smith for the goal. | EDM 2, PHX 1
13:10: Hall nets his third assist of the game, dishing it over to Justin Schultz who rips a shot past Smith and puts Edmonton in front by two. | EDM 3, PHX 1
13:10: Coyotes pull Smith from the game. He leaves having stopped seven of 10 shots. Thomas Greiss takes his place between the pipes.
8:51: Shots on goal were 27-10 for the Coyotes just past the game's midway point.

7:55: Coyotes score a weird one. Tim Kennedy's shot from past the goal line bounces in off Bryzgalov's skate and in to make it a one-goal game. | EDM 3, PHX 2
0.0: Shots on goal after two periods were 33-15 for the Coyotes.


Third period is now underway.

14:49: Greiss makes a big stop after a very nice three-way passing play between Horak, Eberle and Gagner.

10:56: The line of Hall, RNH and Perron have an outstanding shift with a couple of great scoring chances but Greiss is equal to the task.

7:58: A penalty on Perron for slashing sends Phoenix on their second power play of the night with a great chance to tie things up.

5:06: Oilers kill off the penalty; shots on goal are 38-19 for the Coyotes.

1:19: Just as Greiss was pulled for the extra attacker, Yandle teed up a shot from the point and Bryzgalov made a great glove save to preserve the one-goal lead for the visitors. 

1:19: Coyotes use up their 30-second timeout.

1:10: Phoenix ties the game as Mikkel Boedker takes the puck in the slot and fires it into the open net. | EDM 3, PHX 3

0.0: Regulation time comes to a close with the shots 42-21 for Phoenix.


Overtime is now underway.

4:31: 29 second into overtime, Eberle split the defence to set up a great scoring chance but was hauled down by Derek Morris. That set up the Oilers first power play of the game at a most opportune time.
4:31: Oilers call their 30-second timeout.

2:31: Penalty is killed off.

6.5: Yandle is sprung for a breakaway after a turnover in the Coyotes zone. Yandle muscles his way to the net and fires it five-hole on Bryzgalov for the winner. | PHX 4, EDM 3