The Oilers road trip continues with a game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Game time is 8:30 p.m. MST and it can be seen on Sportsnet West or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.
GLENDALE, AZ – The Arizona Coyotes scored in the dying seconds of overtime as the Edmonton Oilers fell 2-1 in a hard-fought battle.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson blasted a shot from the top of the left circle past Scrivens to give the Coyotes the win.
“Heartbreaker,” said Oilers coach Todd Nelson. “It was five seconds, the play was on the wall near our bench then all of a sudden they have a rush and Larsson makes a great shot.”
Following what was mostly an uneventful first period, the first penalty of the game went to Jeff Petry after he threw Brandon McMillan to the ground in the slot with just over seven minutes to play in the frame. Unfortunately for the Oilers, McMillan didn't have the puck at the time so the Edmonton defenceman got two minutes for interference.
30 seconds after killing off the penalty, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins carried the puck to the left faceoff circle before wiring a shot past Devan Dubnyk blocker side to open the scoring. Brad Hunt and Justin Schultz got the assists.
Shots on goal after one period were 10-7 for the Oilers.
Arizona came out flying to start the second period and their hard work paid off near the midway point.
Brandon McMillan wristed a shot from the right circle past Scrivens to get the Coyotes on the board with his first goal of the season. It was their 14th shot of the period in only 10:24.
By the end of the second period, Arizona had registered 26 shots on goal — a franchise record. Shots after 40 minutes were 33-16 for Arizona
“First period we definitely supported each other a lot closer, a lot tighter. Made shorter plays. I think we got a little bit stretched out there,” said Oilers captain Andrew Ference.
“I thought in the second they came at us real hard," said Nelson. "I thought our first was a pretty decent period. The second period, they came at us hard and hemmed us in. We weren’t working as a five-man unit to bring the puck in but we rectified that in the third. I thought our third was strong and liked the way we bounced back after the second.”
As Nelson mentioned, Edmonton started the third period extremely well. Dubnyk had to make a series of stops through the opening five minutes of the frame as the Oilers pressed for the go-ahead goal.
Coyotes only had one shot on goal the entire period through 10 minutes after registering 26 in the second. Oilers had eight.
Ference talked about the team's mindset heading into the third.
“I think everybody was trying to put solid games under their belts, not missing their assignments. Making sure we’re still concentrating on cleaning up the defensive zone and opportunities against. That’s still a focus, whether it was last week or this week. When we were sound in our own end it created more offence for us and a better game for us.”
After three periods, shots were 40-29 for Arizona. The third-period shot count was 13-7 Oilers. The complete game was 44-31 Coyotes on the shot clock.