NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Monday, February 16th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 28-of-29 shots and Ales Hemsky notched a goal and an assist as Edmonton defeated a slumping Phoenix Coyotes team, 3-1.
Sheldon Souray scored on the power play, and Shawn Horcoff added an empty-net goal and an assist for Edmonton, which won for the third straight time following a stretch of four losses in five outings.
The Oilers are perfect thus far on their four-game road trip with visits to San Jose and Dallas yet to be played. The club improved on its respectable road record, moving to 16-12-1 as the guest with wins in four of the last six away from Rexall Place.
"Rollie (Roloson) played great," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was good to see the power play coming along, getting some offense. If you could go on a four, five-game winning streak you can get a little bit of breathing room. It would be beneficial psychologically for the players, to not play under excruciating pressure very night."
Ed Jovanovski was the lone goal scorer for Phoenix, which has lost three straight and nine of 10, putting it squarely on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoff picture.
Mikael Tellqvist faced 28 shots and allowed two goals in taking the loss, the team's sixth straight at home. The Coyotes are without a win on their four- game homestand which concludes Thursday against Atlanta.
Each netminder turned aside 13 shots in the game's opening period and things stayed scoreless until Edmonton finally broke through on the power play with 4:17 left in the second.
Dustin Penner muscled his way out of the right corner and sent a wide-angle shot in on Tellqvist. The disc deflected past the net and Hemsky was perched on the other side to bang home the game's first score.
"Our power play has been clicking a little bit of late and we're going to need to stay like that to stay successful down the stretch," said Hemsky.
Meanwhile, Roloson continued to shut the door on Phoenix. Both he and the Oilers' penalty-killing unit had to withstand three shorthanded stretches, including a 5-on-3 for 1:25. However, with 12.8 ticks left, Ethan Moreau was called for goaltender interference and a Jovanovski blast from the right point trickled through the legs of Roloson just before the horn to tie the game.
Edmonton went back in front with a power-play tally 5:33 into the third courtesy of a Souray one-timer through traffic from the high slot and Roloson did the rest. His 10 third-period saves, including a flash of the leather on Joakim Lindstrom with just over three minutes remaining and surviving a late Coyotes' power play, allowed the lead to stand up.
Horcoff's empty-net goal sealed it with 24 seconds to go.
Edmonton is 3-0 against the Coyotes this season and has won seven straight meetings in the series...The Oilers have also taken four in a row in the desert...Phoenix is now 16-12-2 as the host this year...The Coyotes activated defenseman Kurt Sauer off injured reserve earlier Monday. Sauer had missed 14 games with what the club termed a lower body injury. He was hurt in a January 10 contest against Dallas. Phoenix also got centerman Martin Hanzal back in the lineup on Monday. Hanzal had been sidelined since February 7 with a shoulder injury...Edmonton was 2-for-4 on the power play while Phoenix was 1- for-6.
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