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McDavid extends point streak to 11 games, Oilers top Coyotes in shootout

Granlund scores tying goal in third; Goligoski has three assists for Arizona

by Alan Robinson / Independent Correspondent

McDavid slides home SO tally

EDM@ARI: McDavid beats Kuemper in the shootout

Connor McDavid sneaks a shot through Darcy Kuemper's five-hole, putting the Oilers on top during the shootout

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Connor McDavid extended his point streak to 11 games and scored the only goal in the shootout for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Sunday.

Markus Granlund's third goal in four games tied it with 6:48 remaining in the third period, and Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves for Edmonton (16-7-3), which is 3-1-0 on a five-game road trip and 6-2-1 in its past nine games.

"It's a huge win. This is a really big road trip for us," said Koskinen, who is 9-1-2 this season. "This [win] tells a lot about us, that we're never giving up."


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Alex Goligoski had three assists, and Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves for Arizona (14-8-3), which is 3-1-1 in its past five games.

"I liked our third period until that [Granlund] goal," Goligoski said. "I don't think we were sitting on our heels. We had a lot of rushes that had chances to put that game away too. But they got that one and made it to overtime, where anything can happen."

James Neal's 10th power-play goal of the season gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 2:05 of the first period, with Leon Draisaitl and McDavid getting the assists. Draisaitl (48 points) and McDavid (47) are first and second in the NHL scoring race.

Video: EDM@ARI: Neal taps in Draisaitl's pass for PPG

Despite getting the early goal, Oilers coach Dave Tippett said he could tell his team was tired playing the second half of a back to back; Edmonton won 4-2 at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

"We didn't have much gas in the tank, you could tell," Tippett said. "Players are coming back to the bench and they're looking at you like, `I'm trying, I really am,' and there's not much there. It was a tough turnaround from a hard, physical game. But it was a good two days for us."

Carl Soderberg tied it with a wrist shot from the left circle for a power-play goal at 9:43 of the first to make it 1-1.

Alex Chiasson gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead at 1:22 of the second off a pass from Sam Gagner, who filled in as their second-line center for the injured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand).

Video: EDM@ARI: Chiasson capitalizes from the low slot

Christian Fischer got free from a neutral zone tie-up with McDavid, skated down the slot and scored off Michael Grabner's pass from behind the net to tie it 2-2 at 11:52 of the second.

"I thought we did an OK job," Fischer said. "But going into the [third] period with a one-goal lead, we need to find a way. These are crucial points."

Vinnie Hinostroza gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead at 13:25 from a sharp angle along the goal line.

"It was a really good third period for us [until Granlund's goal]; I thought we were in control of the game," Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. "Those guys (McDavid and Draisaitl) are horses, and I thought we did a good job on them. That's a tough order to shut those guys down."

Video: EDM@ARI: Hinostroza finds twine from tough angle

Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss at least one more game with his injury.

"We got down but kept fighting and found a way to get two points," Gagner said. "Obviously you can never really fill his shoes, but I wanted to come in and play solid and try to limit their chances."


They said it

"This group is gaining confidence. We're getting great goaltending and, if there's one thing that's a little bit different from the past, we're extending the game. We had a short amount of time in the second where they got a little bit of momentum, but as the game went on, we built back our game and stuck with it." -- Oilers forward Alex Chiasson

"We have to make some plays, we have to get it to 4-2. When it was 3-2, there were times we could have made some plays. And somebody has got to take the body [on Granlund's goal] in front of the net. You can't just puck watch, especially in the last part of the game." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet


Need to know

McDavid has 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) during his point streak. … Draisaitl, who played 29 minutes, has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in his past 16 games. … Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom has nine assists in his past eight games. … Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse (upper-body injury) didn't play after taking a hard fall into the boards Saturday. … The Coyotes are 9-0-1 when they score at least one power-play goal.


What's next

Oilers: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ALT, SNW, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

Video: McDavid extends streak as Oilers top Coyotes in SO

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