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Oilers thump Coyotes 7-1

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Marc-Antoine Pouliot got things off on the right foot for Edmonton, scoring his first career NHL point and goal 3:30 into the game to put the Oilers ahead by one. On the play, Brad Winchester also netted his first career NHL point with an assist.

Winchester fired the puck in from the right point that Curtis Joseph stopped. Fernando Pisani and Pouliot crashed the net and each had a rebound before Pouliot was able to jam it past the Coyotes netminder.

26 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff scored to double the lead, chipping a pass from Ryan Smyth just inside the right post.

The Coyotes actually started the game on the right foot with several good chances early but the Oilers took over after the Pouliot goal, reeling off seven straight shots on Joseph.

Late in the period on an Oilers power play, Fernando Pisani spun and wristed a shot from the right circle that Joseph stopped.

With just under two minutes to play, Mike Comrie scored to draw Phoenix to within a goal at 2-1. Mike Johnson and Comrie both jammed the net and the former Oiler eventually corralled a rebound and roofed it over Roloson.

After the first period, the Oilers were outshooting Phoenix 15-10.

Jason Smith did a good job breaking up a potentially dangerous two-on-one with Geoff Sanderson and Boyd Devereaux, deflecting away Devereaux's cross-ice pass.

The play carried back down to the Phoenix end where Ethan Moreau scored to increase Edmonton's lead to 3-1. Michael Peca threaded a pass to Moreau just off the side boards where he one-timed it shortside past Joseph.

Midway through the period, Edmonton extended its lead to 4-1 on a goal by Marc-Andre Bergeron. Sergei Samsonov found Bergeron in the slot where he teed up a blast, beating Joseph low glove side.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers struck again to increase their lead to 5-1. After swarming around the Phoenix zone for close to a minute, Michael Peca blasted a shot past Joseph low blocker side from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Shortly after the goal, Josh Gratton dropped the gloves with Brad Winchester in an attempt to spark his lacklustre club. The two combatants fought to a draw before heading to the box for five.

With 3:56 to play in the second period and Edmonton on a man advantage, Sergei Samsonov scored to turn it into a laugher at 6-1. Samsonov took a pass from Chris Pronger before rifling it into the Phoenix goal. The power play goal was the Oilers' second in four opportunities.

Phoenix received its first power play of the game with 1:35 to play in the second period, a Jarret Stoll interference call.

The Oilers only had 10 shots in the middle frame but scored on four of them, taking a 6-1 lead into the third period. Total shots after two were 25-17 Oilers.

David LeNeveu replaced Joseph in goal for Phoenix at the start of the third.

LeNeveu fared well in the early part of the period, making a pair of nice stops off Torres and Samsonov in front as Edmonton pressed for its seventh marker.

At the other end of the ice, Dwayne Roloson wouldn't be outdone making a nice glove stop off Reinprecht in the slot.

With nine minutes left in the period, Radek Dvorak broke in behind the Phoenix defence and had a clear shot on goal. LeNeveau had to be alert on the play to grab the puck with his blocker side.

With five minutes to play Mike Comrie went to the penalty box, much to the crowd's delight, after engaging in a skirmish with Dick Tarnstrom.

Edmonton scored its seventh of the night on a nice one-time blast from the left circle by Dvorak.

NOTES: With Pouliot's goal, he became the first Oilers rookie to register a goal in a game this season... Moreau's goal was his first since January 26 (at Los Angeles). With an assist on the play, Michael Peca registered his first point in 11 games... Bergeron's goal was his first since February 6 vs. Anaheim... Georges Laraque (hip flexor) did not dress, which meant Brad Winchester drew back into the lineup. Otherwise, the Oilers went with the same lineup as Saturday...
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