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31-46-5
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32-43-7

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game recap

Oilers 5, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 5, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON (AP)-Following a dominant performance Monday night, the Edmonton Oilers' new line of Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Patrick Thoresen has likely earned an extended run.

Sykora had a goal and three assists, Hemsky and Thoresen chipped in three-point performances and the Oilers downed the slumping Phoenix Coyotes 5-2.

Shawn Horcoff and Jarrett Stoll each added their first goal of the season for the Oilers (6-2-0).

Sykora said the line, which was retooled to give Norwegian rookie Thoresen a more prominent role after a strong start, is starting to mesh.

"Everybody is skating and making plays and looking for each other out there and that is why we have had success. It's why the puck is going in for us," said Sykora, who leads the Oilers with 13 points. "Right now we are getting our chances and we are scoring on them. Patrick is making some great plays out there right now."

Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish also praised Thoresen, who doubled his season point total and has looked good since replacing Raffi Torres on the line.

"I was super impressed with him in camp and he just continues to get more impressive," said MacTavish. "I don't know that we have a player that thinks the game positionally as well he does right now. He checks and all those things. He thinks the game well offensively and has really meshed in with (Hemsky), who was spectacular tonight, as was (Sykora)."

Thoresen, just the fifth player from Norway to play in the NHL, is just glad to be getting a shot.

"It's such a bonus for me to create points right now," he said. "Every time I am out there I'm just trying to work hard and to do my job on the line. I'm just trying to work hard to make room for Hemsky and Sykora because they are two of the most skilled guys in the league."

Jeremy Roenick and Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes (2-7-0), who have lost six of their last seven and are off to their worst start since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season.

"We need to ... win, however we do it," said Roenick. "We're not going to do it sitting in the penalty box all night. We're the most undisciplined team in the league and it has to stop. It's embarrassing.

"We're killing our goaltenders with barrages of shots because we are killing penalties all ... night. We keep doing the same thing."

The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 start 12 minutes into the first period, scoring two goals in 59 seconds.

Torres beat Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph with an easy tap-in after a perfect cross-ice pass from Thoresen. A minute later, and with the Oilers on the power play, Stoll ripped a slap shot from the point past Joseph for his first goal of the season.

Early in the second period Horcoff blasted in a slap shot off the post give Edmonton a 3-0 lead.

Phoenix finally put one past Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson four minutes later as Ladislav Nagy hit Roenick with a pass as he charged the net. Roenick's first of the year broke a string of 147:50 without a goal for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes pulled within one on a second-period power play when Comrie batted a puck through Roloson's legs during a scramble in front of the net.

Edmonton went up 4-2 in the third when Sykora blasted his sixth goal past Joseph.

Sykora got his fourth point of the night on another Oiler power play, although it was Hemsky that did the work, circling around at the point before wristing a shot over Joseph's shoulder for the game's final score.

Notes: The Coyotes take on the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night, while Edmonton starts a two-game road trip at Anaheim on Wednesday. ... Former Oiler Georges Laraque returned to the Coyotes lineup after missing one game as a healthy scratch. In his seven previous starts this season he was minus-5 with zero points.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:20
EDM
Raffi Torres (2) ASST: Patrick Thoresen (2), Petr Sykora (5)
1 - 0 EDM
13:19
EDM
PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (5), Petr Sykora (6)
2 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
03:15
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (1) ASST: Daniel Tjarnqvist (4), Jarret Stoll (4)
3 - 0 EDM
07:27
PHX
Jeremy Roenick (1) ASST: Ladislav Nagy (4), Zbynek Michalek (1)
3 - 1 EDM
09:36
PHX
PPG - Mike Comrie (3) ASST: Shane Doan (5), Keith Yandle (2)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
05:15
EDM
Petr Sykora (6) ASST: Ales Hemsky (6), Patrick Thoresen (3)
4 - 2 EDM
11:55
EDM
PPG - Ales Hemsky (2) ASST: Petr Sykora (7), Patrick Thoresen (4)
5 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
04:52
PHX
Dennis Seidenberg  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
08:37
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Interference
09:41
PHX
Curtis Joseph  Diving against  Marty Reasoner
12:55
PHX
Oleg Saprykin  Tripping against  Brad Winchester
14:55
EDM
Brad Winchester  Slashing against  Keith Yandle
19:24
EDM
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Holding against  Mike Comrie
2nd Period
01:15
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Fernando Pisani
08:03
EDM
Patrick Thoresen  Interference against  Nick Boynton
11:21
PHX
Ladislav Nagy  Hooking against  Daniel Tjarnqvist
14:21
PHX
Dennis Seidenberg  Delay of game
3rd Period
05:48
EDM
Raffi Torres  Tripping against  Mike Comrie
11:02
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Smyth
13:21
PHX
Patrick Fischer  Holding against  Jarret Stoll
14:52
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
16:43
PHX
Nick Boynton  Boarding against  Raffi Torres
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 13 - 15
SV%: .872SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .933SH: 7 - 7