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Coyotes top Oilers in shootout

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Ryan Smyth scored the lone shootout goal for Edmonton on a nice wrister from the slot while Nagy and Geoff Sanderson responded with shootout tallies for the host Coyotes.

Oilers starting goaltender Jussi Markkanen was tested early on a wraparound attempt by Shane Doan.

Joseph impressed at the other end of the ice during an Oilers power play. Ales Hemsky cut across the slot and wired one off Joseph's shoulder.

Phoenix made it 1-0 with about six minutes left in the opening period. Dave Scatchard gave Markkanen some trouble behind the net as the Oilers netminder tried to play the puck. Scatchard then dished it to Lundmark who threw it in front where Mike Comrie one-timed it in.

The Oilers tied it up moments later as Jason Smith fired one from his own zone to Ryan Smyth at the far blueline. Smyth then teed up a shot that dipped a bit on Joseph before beating him top corner.

After one period shots on goal were 9-7 Oilers in a 1-1 game.

Phoenix looked to move ahead by scoring a power play goal early in the second period. Shane Doan used his reach to get the puck around Markkanen but the goal was disallowed after the officials determined goaltender interference, though no infraction was called on the play.

The Coyotes had a two-man advantage midway through the period after the Oilers ran into some penalty trouble but their penalty killers were able to weather the storm.

After a penalty to Dave Scatchard, coach MacTavish gambled that Paul Mara's stick was illegal. MacTavish won the gamble, giving Edmonton a two-man advantage once the Staios penalty expired in 40 seconds.

On the ensuing power play, Joseph came up big several times including a big pad-stack save off Stoll who skated in from the point.

With 40 seconds left in the second period, Phoenix scored to take a 2-1 lead. Fredrik Sjostrom backed up to the side boards before wristing it on goal. Mike Johnson stood in front where he tipped it past Markkanen.

Shots on goal after two were 18-15 for Edmonton.

Georges Laraque scored his first goal of the season early in the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Laraque broke in on Joseph and backhanded it on goal. Joseph made the initial stop but when defenceman Dennis Seidenberg tried to shovel it into Joseph's glove he ended up putting it in his own goal.

Just after the Oilers goal, Mike Johnson sprung in on a breakaway but Markkanen made a huge stop to keep the game tied.

Several minutes later, the Oilers had a power play end after Marc-Andre Bergeron was ticketed for holding but the Oilers didn't let that slow them down.

During the four-on-four situation, Radek Dvorak streaked into the Phoenix zone before dropping it back to Jason Smith who was trailing on the play. Smith teed up a blast that handcuffed Joseph high blocker side and put Edmonton in front 3-2.

Jussi Markkanen came up huge as the Coyotes press to tie the game with just over five minutes to play. A number of Phoenix players were jamming at the puck during a goalmouth scramble but Markkanen stood his ground and kept the pcuk out.

With 3:33 left in the third, Phoenix scored to tie the game at 3-3. Geoff Sanderson wristed it from the side boards towards the goal. Oleg Saprykin redirected it on net where Markkanen made the first stop but Saprykin spun and shot on the rebound for the goal.

Both teams had to kill off penalties with time winding down in the third. Phoenix on a hooking penalty to Mike Comrie and Edmonton on a Jarret Stoll tripping call. The Stoll penalty carried over to the first 30 seconds of overtime.

After regulation, shots on goal were 27-25 in favour of Edmonton.

Shootout Results:
(Goal scorers in bold)

Michael Peca, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky

Mike Comrie, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy

NOTES: Laraque also scored the first goal of his NHL career at Phoenix against the Coyotes, back on January 7, 1999 against Jimmy Waite... Prior to the game, the Coyotes honoured former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen by adding his number 25 to their Ring of Honour... Mike Comrie and Jamie Lundmark played on the same line for Phoenix. The two also played on the same line in 1997-98 with the AJHL Champion St. Albert Saints...
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