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RECAP: Coyotes 4, Oilers 3 OT

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers


GLENDALE, AZ - Max Domi recorded his first career hat trick to help the Coyotes tie the game in the third, after the Oilers had a 3-1 lead, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in overtime to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win.

“Disappointing because I think we are a good enough team to hold that lead,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “On a night when we get two power play goals, we essentially give up four on the penalty kill, which is unacceptable.”

It was a slow-developing first period for both teams with neither going over two shots until midway through the frame. The Oilers first big chance came on a Jordan Eberle backhand, but the red-hot Louis Domingue smothered the puck.

Eberle was the one to set up the game’s opening score with just 1:17 left in the first. It was a great effort by the winger, who had a Coyotes player draped over him as he spun, falling to the ice, and fed a trailing Leon Draisaitl in the slot. Draisaitl gathered, shot and scored his 10th of the season. Benoit Pouliot recorded the second assist. Draisaitl’s goal was his first in 15 games.

“It doesn’t matter if I get going or anybody. The points don’t matter,” said Draisaitl. “We’re a team. We play a team sport. I would way rather get the win than have two points myself. That’s the way hockey is. We have to regroup from that and come out with the same effort in San Jose.”

Drainait helped on the Oilers second goal at 6:13 of the middle frame. On the power play, Draisaitl snuck a saucer pass through the middle, right on the tape of Justin Schultz’s stick. The Oilers defenceman roofed a shot past Domingue for the 2-0 lead. Eberle recorded an assist on the man-advantage goal as well.

Anders Nilsson made a sliding pad save on an Oilers penalty kill after the midway point of the second to keep the Coyotes off the board.

That didn’t last long, however, as Max Domi roofed a shot past Nilsson at the 12:37 mark of the second to cut Edmonton’s lead in half. The goal came right at the two-minute mark of the Oilers high-sticking penalty to Teddy Purcell.

41 seconds into the third, Klas Dahlbeck was called for tripping, giving Edmonton their third power play opportunity. Pouliot made sure the Oilers capitalized this time, tipping in Schultz’s shot from the point. Eberle recorded his third point of the night with an assist on the goal.

On a power play of their own, the Coyotes cut the lead back to one. Domi potted his second of the night at 3:53 of the third to make it 3-2.

“They had a good power play tonight,” said Nilsson. “Their power play won the game for them for sure. They have a very good power play, they’re good at getting the puck to the net and creating secondary opportunities. That’s how they scored two of their goals.”

Domi completed the hat trick at 6:54 of the third, also on the power play, with Eric Gryba in the box for holding. Domi sniped the equalizer from the top of the far circle. Domi’s goal would be the last of regulation, sending the game to overtime.

By sending it to overtime, the Coyotes secured 21 straight games in which they have at least a point against Edmonton. Ekman-Larsson scored with just 8.9 seconds left on the clock to give Arizona their fourth-straight victory.

The Oilers take on the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday.

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