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Oilers' skid reaches 10 with loss to Coyotes

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- Tobias Rieder is the owner of an NHL record, one that helped pace the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Monday.

The Coyotes rookie right wing scored two shorthanded goals in 58 seconds in the second period, setting the standard by a first-year player. Former Oilers right wing Esa Tikkanen holds the record for fastest shorthanded goals; he scored twice in 12 seconds on Nov. 12, 1988 in a 6-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I obviously wasn't expecting anything like that," Rieder said. "It is just amazing that we scored two shorthanded goals. That was really exciting, I'm not sure if I really realize what happened yet. It's pretty hard to even score goals on the power play in this league, let alone to get two shorthanded that quickly."

Coyotes right wing Shane Doan took a roughing penalty with 11 seconds left in the first period, giving the Oilers a power play to start the second. Rieder scored his first shorthanded goal 36 seconds into the period when he jumped on an errant pass at center, raced in alone and beat Fasth between the pads.

On the same power play, Rieder was sent the other way by Martin Hanzal after blocking a shot from the point, worked his way around Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin and slipped the puck past Fasth.

"He [Rieder] is a really good player," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "He is a smart player who reads situations really well. He is a good skilled player and is tenacious on the puck. He has been really good for us and he has a good career ahead of him."

Selected by the Oilers in the fourth round (No. 114) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Rieder was traded to the Coyotes in March 2013 for left wing Kale Kessy. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and Martin Erat also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

"I'm glad that the leadership in this room came out and grabbed this game," Tippett said. "We played a lot of the game the right way. Our special teams were excellent, obviously with Toby getting those two shorthanded goals, but also getting a couple on our power play. It was a much-needed win. Now the challenge is to continue this night in and night out."

Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry scored for the Oilers, who have lost 10 in a row (0-7-3). Edmonton remains winless against Western Conference opponents this season (0-12-3).

"The thing that is good, it's not a lack of try," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "They're trying, but our execution in certain areas is mind-boggling sometimes, especially when you see the guys execute, execute, execute certain plays 100 times.

"On that first power play, it's a breakout those guys have executed hundreds of times and it goes south and it's in our net. The second one, those are going to happen. That's going to happen where there is a shot block and it's a footrace, those are going to happen every once in a while. But the first one is simple execution."

Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith made 25 saves to snap a seven-game skid (0-2-5). It was his fifth win of the season.

Viktor Fasth stopped 19 shots for the Oilers.

Eberle opened the scoring 5:37 into the first period on the power play. The Oilers right wing swept a rebound into the net that Smith left after a bad-angle shot from Taylor Hall.

Rieder's two shorthanded goals gave the Coyotes the lead in the second period, which was extended to 3-1 on a point shot from Ekman-Larsson at 4:53.

"The guys who are on the power play are on it because of their skill, but you have to realize that they can still score goals on the penalty kill, it really took the wind out of our sails after a good first," Hall said. "It is grim. It sucks losing. It's not the coaches who drew up that shorthanded goal, it's us on the ice."

Boedker gave Arizona a 4-1 lead at 19:43 when he got to a loose puck off a scramble in front of the net and lifted a shot over Fasth. Erat scored at 2:03 of the third period to make it 5-1 when he fired a rebound past Fasth on the power play.

Petry scored at 4:21 on a shot from the point past a screened Smith to cut the Coyotes' lead to 5-2.

"You come in here [first intermission], you're up a goal and I don't think [Arizona] had a good period," Oilers captain Andrew Ference said. "Guys are letting their guard down and we're in no position to be doing that to be taking a rest and relaxing. We start the period with a power play and we're looking for some jump, you're looking for some momentum and it's a matter of falling into old habits, floating around and expecting the other team to lie down because you're so great.

"It doesn't happen. We made the same mistakes, it cost us games and it definitely puts you in a hole again. We allow two on the same power play, it's a joke."

Arizona will visit the Calgary Flames on Tuesday; the Oilers will play at the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

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