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Make it 10: Oilers losing skid continues with 5-2 defeat at the hands of Coyotes

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EDMONTON - Tobias Rieder scored two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill as the Arizona Coyotes snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the hapless Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Erat also scored for the Coyotes (10-12-3), who won for just the second time in their last seven games, extending their point streak against Edmonton to a franchise-record 16 games.

Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry responded for the Oilers (6-15-4), who have now lost 10 games in a row.

The Oilers, who have not won at home since October, remain winless against Western Conference opponents, dropping to 0-12-3 in that category.

Edmonton actually started the scoring on the power play five-and-a-half minutes into the first period as Coyotes goalie Mike Smith lost the handle on a Taylor Hall shot, with the puck landing in the blue paint for Eberle to swat his fifth of the season into a wide-open net.

The Oilers had seven first-period shots on Smith to five by the Coyotes on goalie Viktor Fasth.

Edmonton came unglued to start the second period, allowing two short-handed goals on the same power play.

Just 36 seconds in, Hall coughed up the puck in the neutral zone and Rieder went in on a breakaway, tucking his third of the season through Fasth's legs.

Rieder scored his second short-handed goal on the same Edmonton man advantage just 58 seconds later as Martin Hanzal blocked a shot and sent the former Oiler draft pick up the ice with speed. Rieder outraced defender Nikita Nikitin before cutting in on net and scoring.

The Coyotes made it 3-0 with their third goal in a span of 4:17 as Ekman-Larsson scored a power-play goal on a shot through traffic from the slot.

Edmonton started to push back a little just past the miway point of the second period, but Smith came up with huge saves on Mark Arcobello and Tyler Pitlick to maintain the two-goal advantage.

Arizona went up 4-1 with 17 seconds left as Boedker picked up a loose puck in front and showed deft hands to corral it and tuck in is eighth of the season.

The Coyotes took a four-goal lead two minutes into the third on the power play as a Michael Stone shot went wide but came off the boards right to Erat at the other side of the net for the goal.

Edmonton got one back a couple minutes later as a Petry point shot deflected off a Coyote defender in front and past Smith to make it 5-2.

The Coyotes are right back at it on Tuesday when they travel down the road to face the Flames in Calgary. The Oilers make a quick one-game trip to Winnipeg to face the Jets on Wednesday.

Notes: It was the third of five games between the Oilers and Coyotes this season. Arizona won the first two games to give them a franchise-record 15-game point streak against the Oilers. The Coyotes last lost in regulation to Edmonton on Jan. 25, 2011, with head coach Dave Tippett coming into the game with a 17-2-3 record against Edmonton in his tenure in Arizona??? The Oilers franchise record for longest winless streak is 14, from Oct. 11-Nov. 7, 1993??? Edmonton forward Tyler Pitlick made his season debut on Monday after being recalled from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on Sunday??? Out with injuries for the Oilers were Benoit Pouliot (foot) and Matt Hendricks (leg), while the Coyotes were without the services of David Moss (hand) and Brandon Gormley (lower body).

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