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NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix



(Thursday, March 26th)

Final Score: Phoenix 3, Edmonton 2

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Matthew Lombardi scored a goal and dished out an assist, as Phoenix hung on to beat Edmonton, 3-2, in a matchup between two playoff-hopeful teams at Jobing.com Arena.

Martin Hanzal and Ken Klee also scored for the Coyotes, who sit in the 14th spot in the West with 69 points. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots to collect his 24th win of the year.

Ales Hemsky and Ales Kotalik each lit the lamp for the Oilers, who fell to ninth place in the West with 79 points. Dwayne Roloson turned aside 20 shots in the loss.

Anaheim and Nashville are ahead of Edmonton in the West with 80 points each. The Predators defeated San Jose 3-2 on Thursday night to move ahead of the Oilers, while the Ducks were idle.

"We're running out of defeats. That's the problem. We've got a few left, but not many," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said.

The Coyotes drew first blood at the 3:42 mark of the first period on a goal from Lombardi, who raced down the ice and entered the Edmonton zone with two Oilers defenders to beat. Lombardi fired a shot from the left circle that beat Roloson stick-side.

Phoenix extended their margin in the second frame with two goals. Klee tallied his first goal of the year at the 11:38 mark, while Hanzal lit the lamp with 5:14 left to put the home team ahead 3-0.

The Oilers tried to make a comeback in the final stanza. Kotalik got things started with a power-play goal at the 10:01 mark. Kotalik's slapshot from the left point deflected off traffic in front of the net and past Bryzgalov to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Less than a minute later, Hemsky tallied his 22nd goal of the year to bring Edmonton within one. Hemsky took a perfect pass from Steve Staios and fired a shot through the legs of his defender into the upper left-hand corner of the net.

The Oilers pulled Roloson late in the game in an attempt to tie the tilt, but Bryzgalov held steady between the pipes to seal the victory for Phoenix.

"I think the guys are starting to figure it out," Lombardi said. "We realize now what the difference is when we are playing well and what it takes to go out there and win games, especially against some good teams."

Game Notes

The Coyotes improved to 20-14-3 at home this season...Overall, Edmonton has won 11 of its last 14 versus Phoenix. The Oilers took the previous three meetings between the teams this season.

03/27 02:23:38 ET


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