NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Sunday, January 29th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Phoenix 3 (SO)
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Radek Dvorak scored to start the sixth round of the shootout and Mike Morrison stopped Mike Johnson on the other end as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, at Glendale Arena.
Chris Pronger scored the game-tying goal with less than a second left in regulation and Raffi Torres and Ryan Smyth tallied goals for the Oilers, who have won three straight games. Morrison added 12 saves for Edmonton.
Zbynek Michalek, Dave Scatchard and Boyd Devereaux had a goal apiece and Curtis Joseph stopped 27 shots for Phoenix, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Dennis Seidenberg tallied two assists for the Coyotes.
After a scoreless overtime session, both goaltenders stoned the first two shooters from each team to keep it scoreless. Ales Hemsky followed with a wrister that beat Joseph glove side before Shane Doan deked Morrison to his backhand to force a fourth round.
Both keepers stopped the next two shooters from each squad before Dvorak beat Joseph over his left pad. Johnson followed by trying to beat Morrison with a backhand, but Morrison was equal to the task to seal the win for Edmonton.
Trailing 3-2 and with Morrison on the bench for an extra attacker, Edmonton forced a face off in the Coyotes zone with just 2.2 second left in the game. The Oilers won the faceoff and pushed the puck back to Pronger, who one-timed a shot through Joseph's five hole with sixth-tenths of a second left to force overtime.
Phoenix drew first blood with 5:09 left in the first period while on the power play after Michalek blasted a one-timer from the top of the left circle that beat Morrison stick side for a 1-0 lead.
Edmonton tied the game 1:37 into the second frame after Torres beat Joseph when he flipped the puck over Joseph's left shoulder for his 17th tally of the season.
The Oilers took their first lead of the game with 4:24 left in the second period after Smyth beat Joseph with a shot from the right point to make it 2-1.
The Coyotes retied the game less than a minute later after Scatchard picked up a juicy rebound in the slot and put it into the gaping net to make it 2-2. Fredrik Sjostrom took a slap shot from the top of the left circle that was saved by Morrison, but he left the rebound kick out to the slot.
Phoenix regained the lead with 1:55 left in the second stanza after Mike Ricci backhanded a pass into the slot that connected with a streaking Devereaux, who moved the puck from his forehand to his backhand to easily deke Morrison for a 3-2 advantage.
Smyth extended his point streak to six-games...The Oilers are 11-1-4 in their last 16 road games..Tonight was the second test of a season-long 10-game homestand for the Coyotes, who are 14-10-2 in Glendale this year. The club won't play another road game until March 7 after the season resumes following the Olympic break...Phoenix is 2-0-1 against the Oilers this season after coming into the year with a five-game winless streak against Edmonton...Morrison improved to 7-0-0 on the road. He has not given up more than three goals in any road win this season.
01/29 23:10:50 ET