NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Edmonton
(Thursday, January 10th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Phoenix 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Denis Grebeshkov scored his first NHL goal, and added an assist, as the Edmonton Oilers notched a decisive 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Rexall Place.
Robert Nilsson and Kyle Brodziak also finished with a goal and assist each for Edmonton, which has won three in a row. Shawn Horcoff had two assists, and Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots in the win.
Keith Ballard and Nicholas Boynton had a goal apiece, and Shane Doan had two assists for Phoenix, which had a five-game win streak snapped. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 15 shots before being lifted for Mikael Tellqvist, who stopped 17-of-18 shots the rest of the way.
Edmonton wasted little time jumping out to a lead, scoring on its first two shots of the game. Ethan Moreau lit the lamp first, just 1:47 into the game, ripping a shot between Bryzgalov's blocker and body.
Only 28 seconds later, Brodziak put the Oilers ahead by two. A blast from the left point by Nilsson ricocheted off the lower leg of Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek, drifted through the slot into the right circle, and was put into an open net by Brodziak.
Sheldon Souray pushed the Edmonton lead to 3-0 with his third goal of the season on the man-advantage just before the midway point of the opening stanza.
Phoenix dumped 13 shots on Garon in the first, but the netminder turned away all of them, including a penalty shot by Doan with 1:06 left.
Nilsson scored at the 9:28 mark of the second period to give Edmonton a commanding 4-0 lead, and Grebeshkov added his goal with 1:41 left in the second to round out the Oilers' scoring.
In between, Ballard cracked the scoreboard for Phoenix, which snapped Garon's shutout streak at 101:43. Garon had shut out the New York Islanders on Monday.
Boynton had the only goal of the third period at the 6:36 mark to bring the Coyotes within three, and Edmonton hung on the rest of the way.
Edmonton moved to 3-0 on its current five-game homestand and faces Calgary on Sunday...Phoenix is 1-1 on its current four-game road trip, and travels to Vancouver on Friday...The Oilers were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Coyotes were scoreless on three chances with the extra skater.
01/11 00:21:16 ET