NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Phoenix
(Saturday, March 15th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Joni Pitkanen, Fernando Pisani and Marty Reasoner each had a goal and an assist, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 38 shots as Edmonton rolled over Phoenix, 5-2.
Ales Hemsky and Kyle Brodziak also tallied for the Oilers, who have won four of their last five games.
Edmonton improved to 3-0 in the season series, and has won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams, including four wins in the last five visits to Phoenix.
Shane Doan and Mathias Tjarnqvist each had a goal and Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 32-of-36 shots for the Coyotes, who had a two-game win streak snapped in a push for the West's final playoff spot. They remain five points back of Vancouver for the eighth and final spot.
Edmonton cashed in on the power play at 6:17 of the first period, as Hemsky took a lead pass from Pitkanen and ripped a shot past the glove of Bryzgalov to make it 1-0.
Phoenix tied it on Doan's power-play tally early in the second, as he redirected Martin Hanzal's shot after it had bounced off the stick of Ladislav Smid on the way to the net. The puck sailed through the five hole of Roloson at 4:03, making it 1-1.
The Oilers answered back, however, netting the next two goals to carry momentum into the third.
Pitkanen made it 2-1, as he flipped a shot into a wide open net after Robert Nilsson pulled Bryzgalov out of position at 7:45. Later, Brodziak tipped home a shot by Zach Stortini for a 3-1 advantage with 4:46 left in the stanza.
Reasoner gave the club some breathing room in the third, as he tallied to increase the margin to 4-1 at 8:19.
Tjarnqvist's goal for Phoenix came with just 1:12 left in the contest, while Pisani added an empty-netter for Edmonton inside the final minute.
Roloson assisted on Hemsky's goal...Cogliano had two helpers for Edmonton...The Oilers were 1-for-5 on the power play, while Phoenix ended 1- for-3...The teams meet for the final time Tuesday in Edmonton.
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