Edmonton Oilers pull out 5-4 win over Coyotes

The Edmonton Oilers scored two goals on the power play and one shorthanded to register a 5-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes Monday night.

Matias Maccelli put Arizona in front just prior to the game’s four minute mark. It took the Oilers only 50 seconds to respond with Zach Hyman on the scoring end of pretty power play passing. The Coyotes regained the lead on a power play of their own. Barrett Hayton’s backhand from in tight was stopped by Jack Campbell, but the rebound went in of Mattias Ekholm’s skate. Again, the Oilers provided a quick reply, with Evan Bouchard zinging home his fifth of the season 35 seconds later.

Still in the first, Kailer Yamamoto lead an odd-man rush shorthanded and teed up Darnell Nurse for his ninth.

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The Oilers dominated the second period and went up 4-2 when Leon Draisaitl slid a shot from the right wing under Karel Vejmelka. It was Draisaitl’s 300th career goal.

“(Draisaitl) gets it off quick. He’s a cerebral player so he’s in right spots. They’re always able to find him on the power-play. 300 goals, a lot of goals for the kid. Many more to come,” Nick Bjugstad said.

The Coyotes came out strong in the third and tied it up with goals 58 seconds apart by Maccelli and Hayton. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rapped in a loose puck for a power play goal to put Edmonton up 5-4 with 7:55 left.

“We could be harder around our own net. It was just a couple of situations that could be handled better,” head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “For us, as a time that’s trying to tighten the screws on some things, that’s not conducive to how we want to play game 83. This is a tough building to get two points, we found a way.”

Clayton Keller had an assist for the Coyotes to extend his point streak to 13 games.

Campbell made 29 saves for the win.

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“I thought we had a strong second and we let it slip away but we were able to get it back and win the game. That’s all that matters but obviously we want to clean that up,” Hyman said.

The Oilers, 42-23-9, will visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 6 p.m., game at 8 p.m.)



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