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Final Look: Stepan Strikes Oil in OT

Derek Stepan cashes the game-winner 2:01 into overtime; Arizona now 9-2-1 in its past 12 games

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

STEPAN STRIKES OIL IN OT

Nick Schmaltz and Derek Stepan teamed up for the dagger Monday night at Rogers Place, the pair fleeing in on a two-on-one to produce the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime to secure the Coyotes' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Coyotes improved to 9-2-1 over the last 12 games with the win.

Arizona faced a bit of early adversity when Connor McDavid gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead just 1:31 into the contest. Edmonton entered the night with a perfect 7-0-0 record when scoring first.

What the Coyotes have done this season, though, is respond.

And two minutes later, they responded.

Michael Grabner picked Leon Draisaitl clean in the neutral zone before gunning the other way to beat Mikko Koskinen with a well-placed shot to the short side.

Grabner's goal, his fourth of the season, tied the game 1-1 with 16:30 remaining in the opening frame.

Neither team would score again until Carl Soderberg connected with a momentous solo effort midway through the second period when he forced an Edmonton turnover high in the defensive zone and transitioned to go the distance, giving the Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 11:08 to play in the middle frame.

The Oilers tied the game, 2-2, on a front-net redirection with 4:41 to play in regulation.

The Coyotes extended to overtime for the fourth time this season, where two minutes in, Schmaltz and Stepan connected for that aforementioned clinching tally.

"We've been doing that all year, we've been responding really well game-to-game, and in-game too during dull moments we've been coming out with big pushes," Stepan said. "Our goaltender was great tonight, you couldn't ask for a better road win."

Darcy Kuemper stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to earn his seventh win of the season.

The Coyotes kept the Oilers' second-ranked power play silent Monday night, killing both penalties, and have now killed nine consecutive penalties.

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TRACKING IT

GAME #14: ARIZONA (3) at EDMONTON (2) F/OT

  • SOG: ARI - 24, EDM - 28
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, EDM - 0/2

ARIZONA SCORING:

EDMONTON SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"It was a greasy road win, and we kind of went into the game ready to play that style. We wanted to make sure we kept everything simple and make it a difficult night for them."

Derek Stepan , on the Coyotes' overtime victory

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 1-1, with 11:08 remaining in the second period.

Defensive awareness, foot speed, puck protection, strength, and a sharp shot.

Carl Soderberg checked all of the boxes to produce his fourth goal of the season midway through the second period, stuffing an Oilers keep-in attempt high in the defensive zone before carrying the play the other way.

Fending off a backchecker with his size, strength, and a consistent stride, Soderberg freed himself to release from a prime shooting position, beating Mikko Koskinen high to the glove side to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.

The Coyotes are now 7-0-0 when Soderberg registers a point.

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Tie game, 2-2, with 2:59 remaining in overtime.

After winning a race to a loose puck in the defensive zone, Nick Schmaltz turned to speed into Edmonton territory on a two-on-one with Derek Stepan.

Attracting attention as he crossed the Oilers' blue-line, Schmaltz dished to Stepan in open ice, who transferred his weight into a one-time shot to bury the game-winning goal high to the blocker side.

"Great play by Schmaltzy," Stepan said. "Even before in the defensive zone when he made his way by a defender to [eventually] make a great pass. Me and Schmaltzy have a little overtime chemistry now."

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PHOTO FINISH

The puck that evaded the blocker of Mikko Koskinen is seen in its destination as Derek Stepan recoils from his follow-through after connecting with a one-time snapshot to deposit the game-winning goal 2:01 into overtime on Monday night at Rogers Place, clinching the Coyotes' 3-2 win. (Photo Credit: Andy Devlin / Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Andy Devlin - Getty Images

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