Phoenix
Coyotes
22-36-18-6
Edmonton
Oilers
36-29-12-5
OT
33 SOG
27 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
PHX
EDM
game recap

Phoenix Coyotes 4, Edmonton Oilers 5 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Phoenix Coyotes 4, Edmonton Oilers 5 FINAL OT
Phoenix Coyotes 4, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Oilers coach Craig MacTavish knew it would be tough for his players to face former teammate Mike Comrie.

He was impressed with the way his Edmonton club overcame its emotions well enough to beat Comrie and the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4 Tuesday night in overtime.

``I think everybody was a little overwhelmed by the whole situation,'' MacTavish said. ``It's a tough situation. The hockey mentality is always to rally around a teammate. He hasn't been out of here that long, so I think there was some empathy for him and the situation he was going through from our team.

``That's not necessarily a bad thing as long as you get the win. I thought we did what we had to against him.''

Ryan Smyth had three points, including the winning goal 2:26 into overtime.

Smyth, who also scored on a power-play goal early in the second period, won a faceoff and chipped the puck forward before banging it behind Brian Boucher.

``I got a lucky break off the draw,'' Smyth said. ``It went off a skate and came back to me, I kicked it up and I just found a hole.''

Steve Staios, Georges Laraque and Jason Smith also scored for the Oilers, who are unbeaten in six home games and at .500 for the first time since November.

``We couldn't afford a tie,'' Laraque said.

Mike Sillinger, Tyson Nash, Chris Gratton and Daymond Langkow replied for Phoenix.

The game was Comrie's first in Edmonton since the Oilers' six-game playoff loss to Dallas last spring. Comrie held out in a contract dispute, forcing a midseason trade to Philadelphia.

Last month, the Flyers dealt him to Phoenix.

He did little against his former club other than draw the ire of fans, who booed him during the pregame warmup and continued the serenade throughout the night.

``It was different,'' Comrie said. ``I've had some great memories here. I only had a short few years, but I loved playing here and it's exciting to play here even when you get the odd boo.''

The sellout crowd was pleased when Oilers forward Jarret Stoll laid a hit on Comrie near the boards in the opening period.

``When you're in competition like the National Hockey League, you're fighting for every inch,'' Comrie said of Stoll, a former Western Hockey League teammate. ``Sometimes, you have to battle with your friends. I've got a lot of great friends on that team and I respect every one of them.

``Both teams play hard and that's all you can expect.''

It almost looked like Comrie's new team would pull out a victory. Langkow tied it 4-4 with 1:16 remaining in regulation after Staios had given the Oilers a lead earlier in the period.

With Tommy Salo down, Langkow lifted a shot behind the goaltender following a scramble around the net.

Gratton set up Nash's goal in the second period, then tied the game 2-2 on a terrific effort. He rushed up the middle of the ice and had his first attempt turned away before gathering his rebound and beating Salo.

``It's very disappointing,'' Phoenix captain Shane Doan said. ``You feel you have an opportunity. We score a late goal to get maybe two points, instead we give one up in overtime.

``The effort was better. We couldn't capitalize on some of our chances.''

Phoenix jumped to a quick 1-0 lead just 1:24 into the game when Sillinger got a second chance in front of the Oilers net and lifted a shot past Salo, who was sprawled on the ice.

Edmonton responded on Laraque's goal before Smith and Smyth made it 3-1.

Salo stopped 29 shots for his 16th win.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:24
PHX
Mike Sillinger (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Daymond Langkow (28)
1 - 0 PHX
10:25
EDM
Georges Laraque (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Bishai (2), Jason Chimera (8)
1 - 1 Tie
12:23
EDM
Jason Smith (5) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (21)
2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
00:40
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (20)
3 - 1 EDM
12:37
PHX
Tyson Nash (3) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Gratton (16), Cale Hulse (15)
3 - 2 EDM
18:44
PHX
Chris Gratton (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Cleary (10), Radoslav Suchy (13)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:31
EDM
Steve Staios (6) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (28), Fernando Pisani (11)
4 - 3 EDM
18:44
PHX
Daymond Langkow (19) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Gratton (17), Paul Mara (28)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
02:26
EDM
Ryan Smyth (20) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 4 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
19:34
PHX
Paul Mara  Hi-sticking against  Fernando Pisani
2nd Period
09:30
EDM
Igor Ulanov  Hooking against  Brian Savage
15:06
PHX
Krystofer Kolanos  Closing hand on puck
3rd Period
16:01
PHX
Cale Hulse  Roughing against  Ryan Smyth
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
Brian Boucher
SA: 27TOI: 62:16
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .815SH: 0 - 0
Tommy Salo
SA: 33TOI: 62:26
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .879SH: 2 - 2