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Ethan Moreau scores first career hat trick as Oilers beat Coyotes 6-3

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EDMONTON - Ethan Moreau had a hat trick and Ales Hemsky two goals as the Edmonton Oilers captured their second win in a row, knocking off the visiting Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Sunday night.

Dustin Penner also scored for the Oilers (23-19-3) who have now won four of their last five games and have leapt past Minnesota for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Keith Yandle, Daniel Carcillo and Peter Mueller replied for Phoenix (23-19-5) which saw a two-game winning streak come to an end. The Coyotes have now lost six of their last eight on the road.

Phoenix started the scoring five minutes in as Kyle Turris rattled a shot off the post and the rebound came out to Yandle who banged it past Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson for an early 1-0 lead.

Edmonton bounced back three minutes later as Moreau sent a rebound home after Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made an initial toe-save on a shot by Tom Gilbert.

The Oilers went ahead 2-1 when Hemsky made an impact in his first game back since missing the last 10 with a concussion, splitting the defence and freezing Bryzgalov with a deke for his 11th the season.

Edmonton made it a two-goal advantage with just one minute left in the first as Gilbert hit a driving Moreau with a pass and the Oilers captain deflected in his second of the contest.

The Coyotes cut into the lead six minutes into the second as Steven Goertzen stole a puck from Ladislav Smid behind the Oilers net and sent it in front to Turris who quickly dished it off to Carcillo at the side of the net for the easy tap in.

Two and a half minutes later it was even-up again as the Coyotes tied the game 3-3 when they galloped in on a two-on-one and Olli Jokinen made a deft pass under sliding Edmonton defenceman Lubomir Visnovski to Mueller for his 11th of the season.

The Oilers regained the advantage with eight minutes to go after a great job cycling the puck in the Phoenix zone. Shawn Horcoff fed a backhand pass out front to Penner who rifled it past Bryzgalov for his 11th.

Phoenix out-shot Edmonton 21-14 through the first 40 minutes.

Hemsky added his second of the game with just 1:37 to play as his wrist-shot goal gave the Oilers some late insurance.

Moreau made it 6-3 with an empty-netter for his first career NHL hat trick with just one second left to go.

Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Edmonton plays the second game of their six-game homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Coyotes return to Phoenix to face Detroit.

Notes: It was Hemsky's first game since Dec. 28th. The Oilers were 5-5 in the 10 games that their leading scorer was absent due to a concussion. . . . Phoenix captain Shane Doan is just two goals short of becoming the third player in Jets/Coyotes history to record nine consecutive 20-goal seasons. The other two are Keith Tkachuk and Dale Hawerchuk. . . . Before the game the Oilers retired former player Glenn Anderson's jersey No. 9. Anderson, who went into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year, is the seventh player to have his number retired by the club. . . . The Oilers entered the contest 2-3-0-1 in games preceded by a banner-raising ceremony.

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