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Final Look: Coyotes Quiet Oilers To Earn Vital Victory

Raanta pitches a 30-save shutout, shouldering Arizona to a big divisional win over Edmonton

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES QUIET OILERS TO EARN VITAL VICTORY

The Coyotes shut down one of the NHL's prolific and high-powered offenses on Tuesday night at Gila River Arena, blanking the Edmonton Oilers to secure a 3-0 win.

The team now has pocketed four of a possible six points on its current home stand and has extended its home point streak to eight games (5-0-3). Arizona finishes its season series against Edmonton with a winning 2-1-1 winning record.

"Just a lot of people contributing," head coach Rick Tocchet said of the key factor to Tuesday's win. "I thought we played really good defensively, especially in the first period, that's a high-powered offense with a number one power play and we limited them."

Antti Raanta stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season, his fifth in a Coyotes uniform, and the 13th of his NHL career.

"Just solid, very solid, he looked big tonight, Tocchet said of Raanta, touching on what he described as 'top-level goltending' from the Coyotes' netminder. "I thought we limited their chances and a lot of their stuff was to the outside, but they had some chances too and he was there."

The Coyotes opened the scoring with 15:10 remaining in the second period when Conor Garland touched a Taylor Hall across-the-slot pass into the back of the net, burying his team-leading 18th goal of the year to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, and as the Coyotes were in the depths of killing their second penalty of the night, Lawson Crouse came up with a big shot block and transitioned the other way, banking his two-on-one pass attempt off of a backchecking Oiler and through the five-hole, tallying shorthanded to double Arizona's lead to 2-0 with 13:02 left in the middle frame.

Christian Dvorak capped the Coyotes' scoring with an empty net marker with 2:11 left in regulation.

Arizona kept Edmonton's top-ranked power play off the board, killing all three man-down situations.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #55: ARIZONA (3) vs. EDMONTON (0)

  • SOG: ARI - 27, EDM - 30
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, EDM - 0/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

EDMONTON SCORING:

  • No Scoring

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THEY SAID IT

"Everyone feels good in here about that one. The way we're supposed to play, we haven't done that in a while, so it felt good. We've got to keep playing like that."

Alex Goligoski , on Tuesday's 3-0 win over Edmonton

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Lawson Crouse's blocked shot shorthanded goal

Not only was the Coyotes' penalty kill perfect in shutting down the Oilers' top-ranked power play, but it provided offensive support in the form of Lawson Crouse's off-the-rush tally.

Crouse got his body in front of an Oscar Klefbom slap shot in the late stages of the Oilers' second power play of the evening and hounded on the loose puck that caromed off his shin pads, barreling hard toward the Edmonton net to cash in on a two-on-one.

Looking to pass to Vinnie Hinostroza , Crouse's attempt deflected off of Klefbom and through the five-hole to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead with 13:02 remaining in the middle frame.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Ilya Lyubushkin's open-ice hit on Leon Draisaitl

The Coyotes' defensive corps, missing two of its top names in Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers Tuesday night, stepped up to keep the Oilers' lethal offense off the board.

Ilya Lyubushkin stepped up, literally.

During the tail-end of the Oilers' first power play of the night, Lyubushkin closed his gap on Leon Draisaitl, laying a clean open-ice hit on the Edmonton forward as he tried cutting across the Coyotes' zone.

Lyubushkin shut down the NHL's leading scorer with authority via his textbook shoulder-to-shoulder knock-down.

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PHOTO FINISH

Stealing the spotlight. Antti Raanta gets his final stretch in during pregame introductions ahead of Tuesday night's game at Gila River Arena, where he recorded his second shutout of the season, stopping all 30 shots faced to shoulder the Coyotes to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. (Photo Credit: Kevin Abele - NHLI via Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Norm Hall - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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