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Oilers' power-play goals sink Coyotes

by Brian Hunter /
During his playing days for the Edmonton Oilers, one thing Wayne Gretzky didn't do a lot of was take penalties, earning a Lady Byng Trophy in 1979-80 to add to what would be a vast collection of scoring titles and MVP awards.

Now coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, Gretzky watched on Monday night as undisciplined play in the third period by his current team helped lead to two points for his former franchise from Alberta.

Sheldon Souray netted the go-ahead power-play goal in the opening minute of the third period after a double high-sticking minor resulted in a two-man advantage, and Andrew Cogliano put the game away with another 5-on-3 tally late as the Oilers beat the Coyotes, 4-2, at Rexall Place.

"When you lose these kind of games, especially with the situation we are in, it can kind of fester when you have a few days off," Souray said. "Not that we are out of the woods yet by any means, but to have a couple days to get away on a win and not have to think about it, that's good timing for us."

Zack Stortini and Marc Pouliot also scored to stake Edmonton to a 2-0 lead after one period. Phoenix rallied in the second on goals by Martin Hanzal and Enver Lisin.

But Kurt Sauer took a tripping penalty late in the period and Viktor Tikhonov's high stick 32 seconds into the third gave the Oilers an extended 5-on-3 advantage. Souray needed just 13 seconds to beat Mikael Tellqvist for his ninth of the season.

"You give them three 5-on-3s and it's going to hurt you and obviously tonight it did," Phoenix captain Shane Doan said.

With the Coyotes trying to mount a late rally, Olli Jokinen drew a holding call and Daniel Carcillo compounded matters with an unsportsmanlike penalty with 3:56 left to again put the Oilers up two men. Cogliano converted a cross-crease feed from Ales Hemsky with 2:14 remaining to ice the victory.

"That game ended a whole lot better than it could have," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "We lost the momentum in that game in the second. We didn't have a great second, but we rallied in the third and were pretty decent there."

Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves as the Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak. Tellqvist turned aside 23 shots for the Coyotes, who came in winners of three in a row.

Canucks 4, Ducks 3 | Video

Daniel Sedin's second goal of the night staked Vancouver to a 4-1 lead and provided what turned out to be some much-needed insurance, as the Canucks held off a late Anaheim rally.

Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler added power-play goals and Curtis Sanford made 24 saves in the victory at GM Place.

Scott Niedermayer scored a power-play goal for the Ducks with 8:27 left, then Samuel Pahlsson followed 1:29 later to make it a 4-3 game.

"You cannot relax against these guys," Sedin said. "They have a lot of offensive weapons. We knew it was going to be tight but we should have made it a game at that point."

Bobby Ryan's power-play goal got Anaheim started 8:32 into the first. Seeing time on the top unit with Teemu Selanne injured, Ryan took a Ryan Getzlaf feed and slipped the puck past Sanford for a 1-0 lead.

Vancouver controlled play from there, jumping ahead 2-1 before the end of the period as Raymond converted a Mattias Ohlund rebound at 12:51 and Kesler chipped a loose puck off the skate of Chris Pronger and past Jonas Hiller just over five minutes later. The Ducks gave the Canucks 10 power-play opportunities in the game.

"It was tough because they ran the power play well and made us pay," Niedermayer said. "Teams are going to do that when we're in the box like we were as much as we were tonight."

Sedin got his first goal 4:35 into the second by deflecting Rob Davison's point shot and extended the Canucks' lead at 6:31 of the third when he scored unassisted after a giveaway by Anaheim defenseman Brett Festerling.

"He missed the pass and I was fortunate to pick it up," said Sedin, who has six goals in his last seven games. "I had some speed already so it was easy."

Maple Leafs 6, Thrashers 2 | Video

Justin Pogge became the first Toronto goalie in over 17 years to win his NHL debut, and five different Leafs scored in a win over Atlanta at Philips Arena.

Matt Stajan had a pair of goals, including an empty-netter, but the night belonged to Pogge, Toronto's third-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft. He finished with 19 saves. The last goalie to win his first game for the Leafs had been Damian Rhodes against Detroit on March 22, 1991.

"The guys came out and they played a hell of a game," Pogge said. "Atlanta played well, too. We just capitalized on more chances. I'm really excited to get the first win."

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jeremy Williams, Dominic Moore and Niklas Hagman all scored for the Leafs, who have won six of seven.

"It was nice to see Justin play as well as he did," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "When he is in a butterfly, all he has to do is move two or three inches. We played really in well in front of him, but he made three or four saves that would have given (Atlanta) lots of momentum."

Colby Armstrong scored in the closing seconds of the middle period to break up Pogge's bid for a shutout and Todd White added a goal in the third for the Thrashers, who were outshot 38-21 and lost for the eighth time in nine home games.

"I don't think we stuck to the game plan as well as we should have, or would have liked to going in, but our effort tonight I don't think was acceptable," Thrashers forward Chris Thorburn said. "No one should be happy."

It took Ponikarovsky just 59 seconds to put the Leafs ahead and Williams made it 2-0 at 10:43 with his fifth goal in six games since being called up. Stajan netted what turned out to be the game-winner by finishing off a 3-on-2 break and scoring from the bottom of the left circle with 2:24 left in the second.

Armstrong made it 3-1 by beating Pogge with 8.9 seconds left, but Moore added a power-play goal midway through the third. After White tallied for the Thrashers, the Leafs got goals from Hagman and Stajan to cap the scoring.   

"I'm just glad the guys kept scoring," Pogge said. "They got more than I let in. They were letting me see the puck. I love that. Every time they got one, we got a couple."

Material from wire services and team broadcast media was used in this report.

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