Both teams traded chances in the opening three minutes. Shane Doan skated in on a two-on-one and missed the mark on his shot. The puck rattled around the boards to Ales Hemsky as he broke through the neutral zone creating a chance at the other end.
Radim Vrbata was denied by Roloson on a shot from the slot. About a minute later, Robert Nilsson had the puck alone in front but couldn't get enough wood on his backhand attempt.
Phoenix struck for the game's first goal at 4:13. Derek Morris blasted a shot from the point that eluded a screened Roloson.
12 seconds later, the line of Nilsson, Cogliano and Gagner made up for allowing that goal by scoring one of their own. Tom Gilbert's high shot from the point beat Bryzgalov to tie the game at 1-1. Gagner and Nilsson got assists on the play.
Eight minutes into the period, the Oilers were scrambling in the their own zone with Phoenix pressuring to take the lead. Ladislav Smid appeared to injure his ankle in front of the net moments before Doan backhanded it over the shoulder of Roloson.
With under three minutes to go in the first, Peter Mueller flipped the puck over the glass from his own end, receiving a delay-of-game penalty.
It only took the Oilers power play 12 seconds to connect. Joni Pitkanen's blast from the top of the right circle was kicked out by Bryzgalov but it went straight to Gagner who put it into the wide open net.
On the next shift, Edmonton went back on the attack. Brodziak made a great pass over to Glencross. He had the wide open net but fanned on his backhand attempt. As he went for the rebound, Glencross was nailed from behind by Niko Kapanen.
This time, the Oilers' power play took 1:19 to score. Hemsky found Nilsson wide open at the left hash marks, put it right on the tape of the Swedish forward who wristed it past an outstretched Bryzgalov.
Shots on goal after one period were 11 to 10 for Edmonton.
Phoenix opened the second period with Mikael Tellqvist in goal in place of Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Coyotes looked to get an opportunity to tie the game early in the second when Marty Reasoner was sent off for hooking but it was Edmonton that capitalized while shorthanded.
Cogliano and Brodziak skated in on a two-on-one. Cogliano fed it over to Brodziak in the slot and he wired it top corner glove side over Tellqvist to give Edmonton a 4-2 lead.
Phoenix got a goal back with 1:03 left in the second. Daniel Winnik pounced on a rebound in front of the net and fired it five-hole to close the gap to 4-3.
Shots on goal after two periods were 25 to 19 for Phoenix.
Nilsson had a great scoring chance early in the third after Cogliano made a great backhand pass through two Coyotes defenders across the slot right on his stick. Tellqvist came across to make a nice save on the play.
Glencross had a pair of five-star chances 3:30 into the third period. First, he backhanded a rebound from the top of the crease that just went over the net. Then as the Coyotes were clearing the zone, he stripped Winnik of the puck in the slot and skated in alone. Tellqvist turned away his close shot.
About a minute later, Staios took a holding penalty to give Phoenix their second power play of the night.
It took the Coyotes eight seconds to capitalize and tie the game at 4-4. At the left side of the net, Peter Mueller took a pass from Morris at the right point. His shot was tipped by Gilbert but still managed to trickle towards the net, off Roloson and in.
Seven minutes into the third, Mike York grabbed the puck and spun around before flinging it out of harm's way as he was being pressured by Penner in the neutral zone. For his efforts, York received a two-minute penalty for handling the puck.
For the third time, Edmonton's power play connected. 28 seconds into the man advantage, Penner rifled the shot while perched at the right post.
A couple minutes later, Stortini took advantage of a Coyotes turnover and fed Glencross who skated in and rifled a low shot behind Tellqvist to give Edmonton a two-goal lead.
With 7:09 to play, Glencross struck for his second goal of the night. His first two shot attempts were blocked in front by Coyotes defenceman Nick Boynton but the third got past Boynton and then beat Tellqvist through the five hole.
Ladislav Smid was sent off for high sticking with 3:33 to go in the third. In an attempt to get back in the game, the Coyotes pulled Tellqvist.
However, Jarret Stoll scored an empty netter from his own end, backhanding a shot from his knees all the way down the ice into the open cage.
NOTES: It was the first eight-goal game for the Oilers since January 13, 2003 (8-5 win over Columbus)... The three power play goals equalled the Oilers' season best... Hemsky had his 15th multiple-point game of the season, which ties Shawn Horcoff for the team lead... It was Gagner's 10th multiple-point game of the season, Nilsson's 6th and Gilbert's 4th... Nilsson extended his scoring streak to three games with his goal and assist... The shorthanded goal by Brodziak was Edmonton's 6th of the season. Phoenix has allowed 9.
Dwayne Roloson gloves a shot from Coyotes captain Shane Doan in the first period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com