NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Thursday, October 26)
Final Score: Phoenix 6, Edmonton 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Don MacLean and Owen Nolan both tallied a goal and an assist while David LeNeveu made 32 saves, as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2, at Glendale Arena.
Zbynek Michalek, Georges Laraque, Ladislav Nagy and Oleg Saprykin also scored for the Coyotes, who halted their four-game skid. Mike Comrie notched three assists in the winning effort. MacLean and LeNeveu were recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League earlier Thursday.
Fernando Pisani and Petr Sykora scored for Edmonton, which has dropped two straight after a three-game winning streak. Jussi Markkanen allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was pulled in favor of Dwayne Roloson, who finished with 15 saves.
The Coyotes controlled the contest from start to finish and grabbed the lead with a power-play goal 5:08 into the first period. After a battle for the puck down low in the offensive zone, Comrie held control along the right half-wall and sent a soft pass into the slot for a successful one-timer by Michalek.
Ales Hemsky nearly tied the score with 14 minutes remaining in the opening period, but his breakaway attempt was stopped by a LeNeveu pad save. However, just seconds later, the Oilers found the equalizer when Pisani lit the lamp from a sharp angle along the goal line to the right of the net.
Two Phoenix goals in the final 10 minutes of the first stanza gave the hosts a two-goal edge. First, at 11:07, a power-play tally by Nagy made it 2-1. Jeremy Roenick made a pass in the neutral zone to Ed Jovanovski, who then pushed the puck ahead to Nagy along the right-wing side. Nagy hustled in and fired a wrist shot past Markkanen.
Later in the period, a faceoff win saw the puck go back to the right point for a wrist shot that was saved. However, the rebound caromed out to the low slot and Saprykin lit the lamp with 5:16 remaining.
The fourth Coyotes goal came from an unlikely source. Early in the middle session, Phoenix was pressing in the offensive zone before the puck settled on the stick of enforcer Laraque, who held the disc to the right of the net. He then pushed his way along the goal line and cut to the crease where his backhander found the back of the net at 2:56.
Nolan's third goal of the season was scored with just over two minutes remaining before the second intermission. Nolan corralled the puck beneath the right circle and scored with a wrist shot that Roloson never saw due to a screen by Comrie. Roloson complained to the referee that Comrie interfered with him, but to no avail as the Coyotes led 5-1 after 40 minutes.
The Oilers' other goal of the game was scored at the 3:39 mark of the third. Skating on the power play, a shot by Hemsky from above the left circle hit traffic in front and the puck squirted over to Sykora, whose rebound found the back of the cage. Sykora now has seven goals in 2006-07.
MacLean's goal with 9:22 remaining in regulation capped the scoring.
Several times during the contest and also after the final horn sounded, the teams engaged in 5-on-5 fighting that had the referees struggling to maintain order.
Two Phoenix players reached milestones: Laraque played in his 500th NHL game while Dave Scatchard played in his 600th contest...Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who suffered back spasms earlier this week, missed the game and is considered day-to-day...Edmonton now returns home to start a three-game stand that begins Saturday against Washington.
10/27 01:24:27 ET