Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – The Phoenix Coyotes netted two power-play goals in the third period, including Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s go-ahead score, to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.
Keith Yandle scored his first goal of the season to tie the game before Ekman-Larsson netted his third goal of the year as the Coyotes improved to 7-3-2 after winning three of their last four contests.
Ekman-Larsson also recorded two assists while Radim Vrbata had three assists for the Coyotes, who also got goals from Martin Hanzal, Michael Stone and David Schlemko and 26 saves from Mike Smith.
The Coyotes are now 12-1-2 in their last 15 meetings against Edmonton and unbeaten in regulation at home this season (4-0-1).
Jason LaBarbera recorded 22 saves while Tyler Pitlick, Will Acton, David Perron and Ryan Jones scored for the last-place Oilers, who dropped to 3-8- after losing seven of their last nine games.
Pitlick put the Oilers ahead with his first NHL goal in his third game but Hanzal, Stone and Schlemko scored in the first 5:47 of the second period to wipe out Edmonton’s lead.
Goals by Acton and Perron pulled the Oilers even after 40 minutes before Jones deflected home a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot at 7:23 of the third period to put Edmonton back in front, 4-3.
With Andrew Ference in the penalty box for hooking, Yandle used a screen to put a hard wrist shot past LaBarbera and into the bottom corner of the net at 10:40 of the final period to tie the game for the third time.
“I went back to my Little League days on that one,” Yandle said after the game. “I used to play a mean shortstop back then.”
The Coyotes got another power play when Mark Arcobello hit Rob Klinkhammer in the face with a high stick.
Seconds later, Ekman-Larsson’s shot from the point trickled through LaBarbera’s pad to give Phoenix the win.