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GAME STORY: Coyotes 3, Oilers 2 (SO)

Arizona rallied in the third period to tie the Oilers and force extra time where they pulled out the 3-2 victory

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

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GLENDALE, AZ -- The Arizona Coyotes rallied to tie the Oilers in the third period before ultimately prevailing 3-2 in a shootout at Gila River Arena on Friday night. 

Connor McDavid -- with his 10th of the season -- and Adam Larsson scored the two goals for Edmonton. 

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"I don't think we were very sharp as a team tonight," said a disappointed Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. "We didn't have the same jump and compete level that we've had lately. Whether it was our passing, skating, whatever, but also some mental lapses. Two goals off of face-off coverages that got away on us. We probably weren't sharp enough for two points. We'll take the one and get home and try to do a better job against them on Sunday."

A penalty in overtime to Anthony Deangelo for upending Jordan Eberle in front of the Coyotes net gave the Oilers a great chance to put the game away, but Arizona's fourth-ranked home penalty kill stood tall and killed it off despite a mass amount of pressure in front by Edmonton. 

The Oilers continued that pressure and McDavid eventually put the puck in the back of the net but it was with no time left on the clock after video review. 

Despite coming within 0.1 seconds of winning the game, McDavid thought the team could have played much better than it did. 

"We gave up way too many chances, way too many shots on net," he said. "Talbot was great back there. Kept us in it all night and gave us a chance to win but we can't be giving up chances like that. It was definitely not our best effort. We came away with a point, which was a positive but we need to do better against divisional teams."

In the shootout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata each scored for the Coyotes while Mark Letestu scored for Edmonton with McDavid and Jordan Eberle missing. 

Coach McLellan added that getting a single point for the shootout was certainly no consolation on this night. 

"You try to win every one of them," he said. "We can't let ourselves off the hook. We put some points in the bank but we can't take the easy route and let ourselves off the hook."

Arizona got some pressure early on the Oilers with a handful of chances in the opening minute, putting the visitors back on their heels but Connor McDavid's first shift of the game shifted momentum in a big way. 

The Oilers got the puck out of their own zone then McDavid snuck in behind the Coyotes defence and wired a shot high blocker side past Mike Smith to get Edmonton on the board only 91 seconds into the contest. 

"They were a lot sharper than we were in the game. They got some confidence and momentum off of it. They threw a lot of pucks to the net. I thought our play around our net was maybe as weak as it's been in awhile," McLellan remarked. 

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With 13:52 to go in the first, Arizona looked to have tied the game up on a weird bounce. The puck was knocked under Talbot's pad and blocker very close to the goal line by Arizona's Jordan Martinook. The play went to a review and it was ruled no goal. 

Arizona carried the play for a good portion of the period. Midway through the first, shots on goal were 14-7 for the hosts. 

However, the Oilers did connect again to briefly make it a two-goal game. Oscar Klefbom spotted Adam Larsson pinching in and put the pass right on Larsson's tape for a one timer that beat Smith and extended Edmonton's lead.

Only nine seconds later, the Coyotes got that goal back. Max Domi rushed into the Oilers end and whipped the puck past Talbot from the slot after taking a feed from Radim Vrbata to make it a one-goal game once again at 2-1. 

With 23 seconds left in the first, Patrick Maroon received two minutes for boarding Connor Murphy, giving the Coyotes the game's first power play on either side. 

Shots on goal after 20 minutes were 20-12 for the Coyotes. 

"Giving up 20 shots is a bit of an indication (that we weren't very sharp," said Letestu. "The second period we got a little bit closer to how we want to play. But they're a detailed team, they don't give much."

In the second, the Oilers did a much better job limiting the Coyotes chances, outshooting the home team 10-9. 

Each team had one power play chance. Talbot tripped up Lawson Crouse as the Coyotes rookie tried to skate in behind the Oilers net. Result was a two-minute penalty and Arizona's second man advantage of the night. Oilers penalty killers were up to the task and killed it off, however. 

With 3:21 to go in the second, Murphy clipped Lucic with his stick, resulting in a high-sticking penalty and Edmonton's first power play of the game. The best chance on the man advantage and best chance of the period came when Jordan Eberle backhanded the puck off the crossbar behind Smith.

Matthew Benning cleared the puck over the glass with nine seconds to play in the period for Arizona's third power play of the game. 

Shots after two were 29-22 for the Coyotes. 

After killing off a penalty to Ekman-Larsson, the Coyotes struck for a goal with less than 12 minutes to play in the third. 

Shane Doan pounced on a rebound in front and fired it past Talbot to make it 2-2. The play was challenged by Coach McLellan for goaltender interference but the play on the ice stood.

Shots after three were 40-31 for Arizona. 

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