NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Edmonton
(Sunday, January 18th)
Final Score: Edmonton 6, Phoenix 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau added a late empty-net goal to complete his first career hat trick, as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-3, at Rexall Place.
Ales Hemsky, who returned after missing 10 games with a concussion, added two goals for the Oilers. Dustin Penner tallied the other score for Edmonton, which has won four of its last five contests. Dwayne Roloson saved 25 shots in the win.
Keith Yandle, Daniel Carcillo, and Peter Mueller scored for the Coyotes, who are now 2-6 in Edmonton since Wayne Gretzky took over as Phoenix's head coach prior to the 2005-06 season. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots for the loss.
With Edmonton ahead 4-3 in the third, Phoenix went on the power play at 10:11, as Lubomir Visnovsky was called for tripping. Phoenix only had one golden attempt on the power play, as Edmonton killed off the penalty with ease. This became the key moment in the contest, as the Oilers dominated the rest of the frame.
Hemsky took advantage of a screen in front of Bryzgalov, as he slapped a shot past his left shoulder with 1:37 left to seal the win for Edmonton. Moreau added a late empty-net score.
Edmonton had 15 shots in the final stanza, compared to seven for the Coyotes.
The first period was a high-scoring affair, as a total of four goals were scored. Yandle had the lone tally for Phoenix, as he scored on a rebound attempt, that went off the crossbar, just 5:30 into the contest.
Moreau tied the contest, as he slid the puck into an open left side of the net on a rebound. The Oilers went ahead when Hemsky, who charged down the right side of the ice, got Bryzgalov going to the right and then made a sharp move at the net and slid the puck past his pads. Moreau put Edmonton ahead 3-1 with a minute left in the frame.
Carcillo tallied his third of the year 6:04 into the second to pull the Coyotes within one.
Just over two minutes later, Phoenix took advantage of a 2-on-1 attempt, with a Mueller goal, but Edmonton took the lead back on a goal from Penner, as the Oilers headed to the third with a 4-3 edge.
Mueller has scored a goal in three consecutive games... Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson's No. 9 Edmonton jersey was retired before the game. This marked the seventh time in club history that a number was retired.
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