|EDM||0||0||2||(0 - 0)||2|
|PHX||0||2||2||(0 - 0)||4|
The Oilers orchestrated a strong third-period push to pull within one on goals by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Theo Peckham, but the Coyotes pushed back, doubling-up the Oilers 4-2 Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.
Devan Dubnyk got the start in goal, posting 27 saves in the loss.
The game began with a blistering pace, which included three odd-man rush attempts that the visitors were unable to convert (or register a shot on goal). The home side, meanwhile, peppered Devan Dubnyk with seven shots in the opening six minutes, but No. 40 turned them all aside.
The Yotes' onslaught mean the Oilers were on their heels, pressing to maintain the 0-0 score. As a result, Ladislav Smid was charged with cross-checking at 7:14, putting Phoenix's 15.9-percent and 17th ranked power-play to work.
The home side's only shot with the man-advantage came with 24 seconds remaining in Smid's minor, but it was a good one. A rebound chance popped into the slot, where an all-alone Taylor Pyatt placed a backhand attempt on goal; Dubnyk, well in position, snared the puck with his catcher in dazzling last-ditch effort.
The frenetic pace continued as the period progressed, with both sides landing several scoring chances late, but the 'tenders remained unbeatable. Ryan Smyth and Ryan Jones in particular connected at the goal-mouth, but Mike Smith's sprawling swim in the crease helped preserve the scoreless tie.
With 20 minutes in the books, the teams remained locked in a 0-0 draw, while the Coyotes held a 14-10 lead on the shot clock.
Perhaps (desert) dog tired from the opening period's speed, the second began with a much slower run, highlighted by staggering neutral zone time. That changed in a hurry, mind you. At 4:44, Daymond Langkow -- who's scored 19 goals and 41 points in 56 games vs. Edmonton -- put the Coyotes up 1-0.
Phoenix's No. 22 broke down the wing, beating Ladislav Smid and depositing a backhand shot past Dubnyk's blocker-side on his team's 16 shot.
By the period's nine-minute mark, the Oilers had only registered a single middle-period shot on Smith.
At 10:00, Phoenix was assessed a minor for too many men, putting the Oilers on their first power-play of the night. The visiting side struggled to gain possession, succumbing to an 0-1 success rate and climbing only one attempt closer to the Coyotes' seven-shot edge.
Smid picked up his second minor of the game at 16:25, providing the Coyotes with an opportunity to extend the lead. Dubnyk came up big on the Yotes' 22nd shot as he robbed Shane Doan with a high-slot bomb, but the 23rd proved troublesome. With bodies obstructing Dubnyk's view, Adrian Aucoin blasted a slapper past the 25-year-old netminder to make it a 2-0 game.
With 31.1 seconds to play, Radim Vrbata was assessed a hooking minor. 1:29 of the advantage would be carried into the third period; so, too, would the home side's 2-0 lead and 23-13 edge in shots.
Much like the previous power-play chance, the Oilers were unable to convert the Coyotes' 2-0 advantage continued to grace the scoreboard.
As the period's midway point approached, the Oilers got right back in it. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Smyth combined to direct the puck on goal, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was there to collect the rebound; rifling the puck upstairs over Smith to cut the Yotes' lead to one at 9:27.
2:11 later, Phoenix's two-goal lead was restored. Boyd Gordon pounced a loose puck at the crease's lip, directing it past Dubnyk to put the Coyotes up 3-1 on his team's 27th shot.
Just as quickly, the Oilers responded with some run-and-gun action. Colten Teubert's long-range point shot was tipped home by Theo Peckham, who was patrolling the slot. Suddenly the Oilers were trailing by one once more, on a goal that saw No. 33 notch his first-career NHL point at 13:47.
All three goals were scored in only 4:22.
The Oilers pulled Dubnyk for an extra-attacker with 1:30 to play. The Oilers pulled to within 29-26 in shots, but Phoenix's Ray Whitney sealed the outcome with an empty-net tally with only 10 seconds on the clock.
The Oilers' six-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-2 loss in the desert.
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|Daymond Langkow (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Keith Yandle (7), Mike Smith (1)|
1 - 0 PHX
|PPG - Adrian Aucoin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (1)|
2 - 0 PHX
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (8), Ryan Smyth (6)|
2 - 1 PHX
|Boyd Gordon (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (8), Radim Vrbata (6)|
3 - 1 PHX
|Theo Peckham (1) Tip-in - ASST: Colten Teubert (1), Magnus Paajarvi (1)|
3 - 2 PHX
|EN - Ray Whitney (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (7), Boyd Gordon (4)|
4 - 2 PHX
|Ladislav Smid Cross checking against Lauri Korpikoski|
|Raffi Torres Too many men/ice - bench|
|Ladislav Smid Interference against Radim Vrbata|
|Radim Vrbata Hooking against Jordan Eberle|
|SA: 29||TOI: 58:51|
|Saves: 26||EV: 19 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .897||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 24||EV: 23 - 25|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .923||SH: 0 - 0|