Arizona 3, Edmonton 1

Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Arizona 32-21-3-6 16-10-2-2 16-11-1-4 W5
Edmonton 24-31-2-4 16-11-2-2 8-20-0-2 L1


COYOTES 3, OILERS 1: Mike Smith stopped 21 shots for his 10th consecutive victory as red-hot Phoenix cruised past Edmonton.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Ray Whitney had first-period goals and Shane Doan added a third-period marker for the Coyotes, who improved to 10-0-1 in February to move two points clear of San Jose atop the Pacific Division. The Sharks dropped a 6-2 decision to Nashville later in the day.

Ekman-Larsson opened the scoring for Phoenix at 5:43, firing a shot from the point that glanced off the leg of Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry and past netminder Devan Dubnyk.

Antoine Vermette thought he had given the Coyotes a 2-0 lead a short time later, but a video review confirmed the whistled had been blown prior to the puck crossing the goal line.

Whitney left no doubt with 1:14 remaining, blowing past Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid on the outside and tucking a shot beneath Dubnyk.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finally put the Oilers on the board with 11:32 remaining in the third period, tipping home an Ales Hemsky shot in his return after missing 20 of the previous 23 games with a shoulder injury.

Doan put the game away with 2:28 left, whipping a wrist shot into the top corner for his 20th goal of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hemsky, who signed a two-year, $10-million contract extension Friday, has just one goal in his last 19 games. ... Phoenix has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the teams. ... Coyotes F Martin Hanzal had two assists, his fourth multi-point effort in the last 11 games.

Top Game Performances

Arizona   Edmonton
Martin Hanzal 2 Points Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1
Shane Doan 1 Goals Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1
Martin Hanzal 2 Assists Taylor Hall 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike Smith .955 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .850
Mike Smith 21 Saves Devan Dubnyk 17

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 20 3 0-1 1-1 7 29
Edmonton 22 1 0-1 1-1 7 24

Upcoming Games

  • Edmonton will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Oilers have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .405 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .469 after a win and .567 after a loss.
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