|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
Both teams fired four shots each on goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Mikael Tellqvist after six minutes of play. At that point, Edmonton's Sheldon Souray took a hooking penalty and Phoenix benefited from the game's first powerplay, but Roloson disappointed the home team and their fans by adding three more saves to his tally.
After breaking the 10-shot mark in the latter half of the period, the Coyotes soon saw the other side of a man-advantage when forward Daniel Winnik earned a holding penalty. Although Robert Nilsson embarked on a breakaway for the powerplay's best scoring opportunity, Tellqvist stopped the lone shot to maintain the scoreless game.
The Oilers tied up the shot clock after the powerplay, and both clubs stayed even through the rest of the frame. Despite the scoring chances, a handful of key saves from both goaltenders -- including a quick kick save from Roloson on Olli Jokinen's redirection -- kept the game's opening goal off the board.
Edmonton and Phoenix struggled to get the puck to the net in the first half of the second. At 10:28, rookie Oilers defenceman Theo Peckham took exception to Steven Goertzen's actions in the crease, and both players decided to drop their gloves for a fight behind Roloson's net. The duel resulted in fighting majors, an additional goaltender interference penalty to Goertzen, and Edmonton's second powerplay of the game.
The Oilers -- led by Nilsson -- excelled on the powerplay, but a pair of missed shots and a sturdy post combined to keep the visitors from taking the first lead of the game.
Although their first two powerplays passed without a goal, a third opportunity was the charm. With four minutes left in the frame and Ed Jovanovski serving a hooking penalty, Ales Hemsky snuck up on Tellqvist, caught the rebound off Dustin Penner's shot, and chipped it into the net to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
The Coyotes had a great chance to get back on even terms shortly after the goal when Nilsson and Ethan Moreau shared space in the penalty box for 1:25. But the Oilers' penalty killers stepped up to the challenge and protected their lead.
Unfortunately, the club couldn't match that performance in the period's final minute. With Moreau serving his second consecutive penalty, Jovanovski caught a piece of Joakim Lindstrom's slapshot and trickled it under Roloson to tie the game at one heading into the final frame.
Edmonton assumed a 23-19 shot lead early in the third, a lead they hoped to increase on their fouth powerplay. One minute into the man-advantage, Souray tallied the Oilers' 25th shot and, more importantly, their second goal. From the top of the slot, Souray wired his legendary slapshot past Tellqvist to renew his club's lead.
With eight minutes left in regulation, Dustin Penner offered the Coyotes their fourth powerplay by taking a tripping penalty. Although the home team matched the visitors' 27 shots on the man-advantage, Roloson smothered each attempt to prevent a second powerplay equalizer.
But Phoenix wasn't through with its powerplays: in the game's dying minutes, Tom Gilbert took a delay of game penalty for lifting the puck over the glass and the Coyotes took their chances by pulling Tellqvist for a six-on-four.
Last game, an identical situation resulted in a game-tying goal and extra time in Los Angeles, but Monday night in Phoenix, that was not the case. A long-distance empty netter for Shawn Horcoff sealed a 3-1 win for the Oilers, extending their winning streak to three games.
|PPG - Ales Hemsky (18) ASST: Dustin Penner (15), Shawn Horcoff (25)|
1 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Ed Jovanovski (5) ASST: Shane Doan (30), Joakim Lindstrom (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Sheldon Souray (15) ASST: Ales Hemsky (32), Tom Gilbert (28)|
2 - 1 EDM
|EN - Shawn Horcoff (13) ASST: Kyle Brodziak (8), Tom Gilbert (29)|
3 - 1 EDM
|Sheldon Souray Hooking against Daniel Winnik|
|Daniel Winnik Holding against Jason Strudwick|
|Theo Peckham Fighting (maj) against Steven Goertzen|
|Steven Goertzen Interference on goalkeeper against Dwayne Roloson|
|Steven Goertzen Fighting (maj) against Theo Peckham|
|Ed Jovanovski Hooking against Andrew Cogliano|
|Robert Nilsson Holding the stick against Zbynek Michalek|
|Ethan Moreau Hooking against Keith Yandle|
|Ethan Moreau Interference on goalkeeper against Mikael Tellqvist|
|Zack Stortini Fighting (maj) against Todd Fedoruk|
|Todd Fedoruk Fighting (maj) against Zack Stortini|
|Keith Yandle Interference against Erik Cole|
|Dustin Penner Tripping against Shane Doan|
|Tom Gilbert Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 11|
|SV%: .966||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 28||TOI: 58:43|
|Saves: 26||EV: 23 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .929||SH: 0 - 0|