NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Edmonton
(Tuesday, October 18th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Derek Morris scored on the power play a minute into overtime to give Phoenix a 4-3 win over the Oilers at Rexall Place, giving Wayne Gretzky a victory in his first game in Edmonton as an NHL head coach.
The Phoenix win spoiled the Oilers' special night for Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey, who had his No. 7 jersey retired and raised to the rafters prior to the contest.
Morris scored a minute into the extra session. As the Oilers defense backed off the left point, Morris was able to set up and inch closer to the circle to fire a wrist shot that hit off goalie Jussi Markkanen and into the net.
"As a defenseman, you've got to get the puck on the net," Morris said. "Nedved did such a good job of shooting the puck on the first half of that power play. They may have thought we were going back to him, but that opened up some ice for me, and we got a great screen."
Oleg Saprykin scored twice for the Coyotes and Curtis Joseph made 27 saves for his 399th career victory, as the Coyotes posted their second straight road win.
Igor Ulanov and Marty Reasoner each scored a goal and had an assist, while Markkanen made 30 saves.
The Oilers have now lost four straight games.
Coffey, who won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers during seven seasons with Edmonton between 1980-81 and 1986-87, became the fifth Oiler to have his number retired, joining Al Hamilton (3), Gretzky (99), Jari Kurri (17), and Grant Fuhr (31).
"A night like this wouldn't have been possible without the help of a lot of people," Coffey said. "It takes a team to accomplish the banners that are up here in this building."
Gretzky played nine NHL seasons with the Oilers plus one campaign while the club was a member of the World Hockey Association (1978-79). As the NHL's all- time leading scorer, Gretzky is also the Oilers' all-time leader in goals and assists and he won four Stanley Cups with the team.
"I watched how fast he skated and how hard he shot that puck," Gretzky said of Coffey. "I wish I had an extra No. 7 in a red jersey. I could have found a spot for him on my power play."
Just 69 seconds into the third period, Phoenix extended to a 3-1 lead on a Shane Doan power play goal. Petr Nedved skated into the zone and made a nifty behind the back pass to Doan, who ripped a slap shot past Markkanen for his second goal of the season.
Edmonton would storm back to tie the game with two goals less than four minutes apart by Peca and Reasoner. Peca scored his first goal in an Oilers uniform as he jammed home a rebound from in front at 4:28. Reasoner then deflected a Ulanov point shot on the power play past Joseph to tie the game at 7:42.
With 45 seconds to go in the third period, Oilers defenseman Steve Staios took an interference penalty that would end up costing Edmonton in overtime.
Saprykin helped the Coyotes jump out to a 2-0 lead in first period with two goals separated by less than three minutes.
Saprykin scored his third goal of the season on a 3-on-2 rush at 11:25. Boyd Devereaux stormed up the ice and dropped the puck to Mike Leclerc, who found Saprykin flying into the zone with a soft pass. Saprykin took the feed and fired a backhand shot high glove-side past Markkanen for the 1-0 Phoenix lead.
Less than three minutes later, Saprykin made the score 2-0 on his fourth of the season when Leclerc feathered a centering pass. Saprykin then beat Markkanen five-hole with a backhand shot at 13:34.
Edmonton would get on the board 5:11 into the second period when Reasoner found Ulanov wide open at the left circle and Ulanov fired a wrist shot past Joseph.
With less than five minutes to play in the second period, Edmonton had two power plays to try and even the score, but Joseph stood tall between the pipes making several key saves to preserve the Phoenix one goal lead.
"We came out with the intent of getting a good start, and ended up taking a penalty right of the top," Peca said. "That takes away from your momentum, and there are no excuses. You can't win games in this league with spurts of effort, and we've got to get our act together coming out of the gate."
Coffey played 21 seasons in the NHL, capturing four Stanley Cups and three Norris trophies. Coffey spent the first seven years of his brilliant career with the Oilers, and was a member of the team's first three Stanley Cup winners...Reasoner picked up his 100th career point on the night...Before the game, Phoenix traded forward Jeff Taffe to the New York Rangers for center Jaime Lundmark.
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