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Coyotes dodge Oil assault, trot away with two points

Thursday, 03.17.2011 / 5:00 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Coyotes dodge Oil assault, trot away with two points
Phoenix Coyotes 3, Edmonton Oilers 1

Despite out-shooting their opponents 36-17, the Oilers scored only one goal and surrendered three, resulting in a frustrating loss to the Coyotes Thursday night.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers registered the game's first shot and then benefited from the first two power-plays when Rostislav Klesla and Lee Stempniak took consecutive penalties. Edmonton crafted a 5-1 shot lead on the man-advantages but was unable to get one past Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Coyotes got a power-play of their own when Ryan Jones was called for slashing near the 12-minute mark, only to watch Nikolai Khabibulin match Bryzgalov's save-making performance.

Another power-play for each team added to the shot totals, but the opening goal stayed off the clock until both teams were back at even strength. Only 10 seconds after Alex Giroux completed a slashing minor, Stempniak fired a wrist-shot past Khabibulin to give the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

Despite taking another two penalties early in the middle frame, the Coyotes managed to tie-up the shot clock. Shortly after he concluded his high-sticking minor, Ray Whitney powered to the net and forced the puck on Khabibulin. Officials ruled it crossed the line, and although video replay was inconclusive, the call on the ice stood and the Coyotes went up 2-0.

Edmonton's power-play continued to struggle and Phoenix's goaltending continued to excel, resulting in no scoring changes through the rest of the period. After 40 minutes, the Oilers held a 17-15 shot lead but were down 2-0.

THIRD PERIOD

Penalty box doors kept swinging early in the third, with the Oilers taking two infractions and the Coyotes one. Midway through Liam Reddox's slashing minor (Edmonton's fourth consecutive slashing minor), Jones spotted Andrew Cogliano on the left wing and sent him flying on a breakaway.

Before reaching the net, the speedy centre was tripped up by Keith Yandle, resulting in a penalty shot. Bryzgalov came up with another big save, however, and the Oilers were kept off the clock.

But the home team's scorelessness didn't last much longer: While on the power-play 2:19 later, Magnus Paajarvi tucked a long-distance wrist-shot under Bryzgalov's crossbar to get his club back within one. With the second assist on the play, Teemu Hartikainen picked up his first NHL point.

Later in the period, Linus Omark took a diving minor and the Oilers went back on the penalty kill. Only 34 seconds into the infraction, Radim Vrbata ended the suspense by scoring the third visiting goal of the game.

Edmonton attained 30 shots with five minutes remaining in regulation; Phoenix, by comparison, had 17.

A late power-play (the Oilers' ninth of the game) and sixth skater helped the club more than double their opponents in attempts, but Bryzgalov rose to the challenge, resulting in a 3-1 loss for Edmonton.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:13
PHX
Lee Stempniak (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Lauri Korpikoski (19), Eric Belanger (21)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
11:32
PHX
Ray Whitney (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (25), Andrew Ebbett (3)
2 - 0 PHX
3rd Period
06:05
EDM
PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Linus Omark (16), Teemu Hartikainen (1)
2 - 1 PHX
11:57
PHX
PPG - Radim Vrbata (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Shane Doan (36), Ray Whitney (39)
3 - 1 PHX
penalty summary
1st Period
03:29
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
07:28
PHX
Lee Stempniak  Elbowing against  Linus Omark
11:58
EDM
Ryan Jones  Slashing against  Vernon Fiddler
14:28
PHX
Michal Rozsival  Holding against  Ryan Jones
16:03
EDM
Alexandre Giroux  Slashing against  Vernon Fiddler
2nd Period
05:41
PHX
Radim Vrbata  Too many men/ice - bench
08:50
PHX
Ray Whitney  Hi-sticking against  Magnus Paajarvi
16:09
PHX
Brett MacLean  Tripping against  Kurtis Foster
3rd Period
01:29
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Slashing against  Eric Belanger
01:29
PHX
Eric Belanger  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
02:20
EDM
Liam Reddox  Slashing against  Adrian Aucoin
05:17
PHX
Eric Belanger  Holding against  Jordan Eberle
09:16
PHX
Mikkel Boedker  Boarding against  Teemu Hartikainen
11:23
EDM
Linus Omark  Diving
15:21
PHX
Rostislav Klesla  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .972SH: 2 - 2
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 17TOI: 58:00
Saves: 14EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .824SH: 2 - 2