NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Friday, February 27th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-2 win over Phoenix at Glendale Arena.
Shawn Horcoff, Fernando Pisani, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Adam Oates and Ryan Smyth each scored a marker and added a helper, as the Oilers improved to 6-3-2 in their last 11 contests. Tommy Salo faced 32 shots and stopped 30 of them in the win.
"We had (Wayne) Gretzky sitting in the building and maybe it rubbed off on us," Moreau said. "You guys know the grind we have been going through. You need a game like that just to have fun and not so much stress. You also get to rest some guys."
Jeff Taffe scored and assisted on another goal to lead the Coyotes, who remained winless (0-2-1-1) in their last four contests and have lost the first two games under new head coach Rick Bowness. Jan Hrdina scored Phoenix's other tally in the loss.
Brian Boucher stopped only 14 of the 18 shots he faced to earn the loss before being pulled in the second period. Jean-Marc Pelletier came on and stopped three of nine shots, including allowing two goals on only three shots in the second period.
Taffe tied the game at 1-1 on the power play for Phoenix at the 7:07 mark of the second frame. Taffe skated to the doorstep and one-timed a pass from Krystofer Kolanos over Salo's glove.
However, the Oilers blew it open from there with five goals on just nine shots.
Pisani made it 2-1 with a similar goal on the power play with 9:50 gone by in the period. Smyth gathered a loose puck behind the net and placed a pass to Pisani, who one-timed a slapper that went under Boucher's left leg pad.
Oates made it 3-1 just 52 seconds later on a wrister and Horcoff put Edmonton up three goals three minutes later with a slapper from the right circle that beat Boucher five-hole.
Boucher was pulled in favor of Pelletier, but he immediately gave up a goal on the first shot he faced.
Moreau notched his first of two straight tallies just 20 seconds later at the 13:59 mark of the stanza to give the Oilers a 5-1 advantage. Moreau then gave Edmonton a five-goal edge with 4:32 remaining in the period, as he skated down the center of the Phoenix zone and flipped the puck over Pelletier's stick.
"It was just a real good feel good game," Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish said. "Let's Hope we didn't use them (goals) all at once."
Bergeron made it 7-1 Edmonton with only 4:44 gone by in the third period.
Hrdina finally ended Edmonton's run of consecutive goals, as the Phoenix forward deflected a shot that beat Salo stick side at the 12:33 mark.
Smyth put the Oilers on the board first with a tally at the 8:02 mark of the opening period. He took a pass from Radek Dvorak and wristed a shot from the slot that beat Boucher gloveside for a 1-0 advantage.
Boucher fell to 3-10-4 since his streak of consecutive scoreless periods ended last month... Phoenix fell to just 2-10-2-2 in its last 16 games overall...The Coyotes fell to 1-19-5 when trailing after the first period this season.
02/28 00:59:57 ET