NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Saturday, January 21st)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ladislav Nagy scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift the Phoenix Coyotes over the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Glendale Arena.
Mike Comrie, Mike Johnson and Oleg Saprykin each netted a goal and Curtis Joseph made 24 saves for the Coyotes, who have won two straight and four of their last five contests.
"We have a good goalie and good shooters obviously," Johnson said. "It's unfortunate when they are a rival like these guys that we even let them get the one point. It would have been better to get the two (points) in regulation. It's nice to battle back after we gave up the lead and get that winning feeling after the game. It's a good win for us."
Jason Smith tallied a goal and an assist and Ryan Smyth and Georges Laraque scored a goal apiece for Edmonton, which has lost four of its last five games. Jussi Markkanen stopped 26 of 29 shots.
"We have to play a full 60 minutes," Smyth said. "Once we got the lead that late in the game, you have to do the smart things. I will take the blame on that one -- I did not get it deep, turned it over and it was in the net. Those are the things that make a difference in hockey games."
After a scoreless overtime session, Michael Peca took the first shot in the shootout for the Oilers but Joseph made a blocker save. Markkanen followed with a glove save on Comrie before Smyth beat Joseph stick side with a wrister to give Edmonton the advantage.
Geoff Sanderson responded by beating Markkanen top shelf with a forehand to tie it up. After Ales Hemsky shot wide, Nagy beat Markkanen stick side with a wrist shot to seal the win for Phoenix.
Tied 2-2 with 9:04 remaining in the contest, Smith beat Joseph high to the stick side with a slap shot from the top of the right circle while both teams were skating 4-on-4 to give the Oilers their first lead of the game at 3-2.
Phoenix netted the equalizer with 3:41 left in regulation after Saprykin gathered a loose puck on the doorstep, did a little spin-o-rama and banged it into the net to make it a 3-3 game.
Phoenix drew first blood 13:17 into the first period after Comrie, who was camped at the post, one-timed a pass from behind the net past Markkanen for a 1-0 lead.
Edmonton tied the game just over two minutes later after Smyth rifled a slap shot from just over the blue line that went over Joseph's right shoulder to make it 1-1.
The Coyotes regained the lead with 47.3 seconds left in the second period after Johnson redirected a shot past Markkanen from down low to make it 2-1. Fredrik Sjostrom unleashed a shot from along the right half-wall that connected with Johnson at the side of the net.
The Oilers retied the game 5:44 into the third period after Laraque got credit for his first tally of the year. Newly acquired defenseman Dennis Seidenberg controlled a rebound down low and attempted to pass the puck to Joseph for a freeze but instead knocked the puck into his own net to make it 2-2.
Despite falling in the shootout, Edmonton, which earned a point in the standings, extended its road point streak against the Coyotes to seven games...The Oilers are 3-0-3 with one tie in their last seven contests at Phoenix, and 8-1-4 with one tie in the last 14 games overall against the Coyotes... Edmonton lost on the road for the first time in the series since March 24, 2001, a 7-4 defeat...The Oilers fell to 8-1-4 in their last 13 games away from Rexall Place...Phoenix right wing Shane Doan had his three-game point streak halted...Phoenix retired former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen's No. 25 prior to the game.
01/22 01:38:33 ET