Coyotes rally late, fall in OT, 2-1

GLENDALE, Ariz – Coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators on Monday the Phoenix Coyotes faced a tougher opponent in the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
Newcomer in goal Chad Johnson, had stopped 21 in blanking the Predators but the Oilers’ Lennart Petrell picked up his first goal of the season as he came from behind the net rushed the low slot and muscled the puck over Johnson’s shoulder on the glove side. The goal came 4:51 of the first period.
Petrel extended his point scoring streak to six games with his goal in the first.
A quick penalty to the Oilers dampened the excitement from the goal and gave the Coyotes an opportunity to regain some balance. For the next few minutes, they held an edge in territory control and managed several decent hits along the near boards.
A penalty kill on a minor to Derek Morris seamed to give Phoenix a lift and they cried much of the play on the kill and the remaining few minutes of the first.
Through one period the Coyotes outshot Edmonton 10-8.
Antoine Vermette did most of the hitting in the opening period with four solid checks.
A spirited exchange highlighted the middle of the second period as both clubs mounted good offensive pushes including a glorious effort by the Coyotes on a cross ice pass but the shot was deflected away easily by the Oilers’ Devan Dubnyk in goal.
The Oilers caught one crossbar in the exchange and the Coyotes managed a flurry around the Edmonton goal but Dubnyk was solid in denying the Coyotes the opportunity to knot it at one apiece.
Dubnyk was solid throughout the up and down play by the Coyotes in the period including a stop on a point blank shot from the left circle.
Both teams managed seven shots on goal in the period for a 17-15 total in favor of Phoenix through forty minutes of play.
At least through the first two periods of the game, the Oilers were the meeker of the two clubs, being out hit 32-18 and most of those 18 hits were not aggressive.
The third picked up where the second left off with up and down play and one long stretch pass by the Coyotes that led to a clear break away but Dubnyk was equal to the threat and cleared the puck harmlessly to the right corner.
Johnson was called shortly thereafter to make a solid save on the Oilers in a scramble around the Phoenix net.
Through much of the third, when Phoenix had god scoring chances they were unable to get the puck on net as it hit harmlessly off the back glass-.
Phoenix was exceptional on the penalty kill especially late in the third when they took a too many men on the ice call. The Coyotes generated quality scoring chances and bottled up Edmonton in the defensive zone. That effort led to aided chances, all turned away.
At 18:14 in the period the Oilers’ Sam Gagner took an interference penalty and Edmonton paid the price with less than a minute to play.
Nick Johnson got the goal at 19:41, his second the season and forced overtime.   The goal resulted from a surge of Phoenix skaters into the low slot and simply outnumbered the Oilers defense.
Dubnyk had little chance to stop the puck as the Coyotes stormed the net with the extra attacker.
Perseverance paid off for Phoenix as they controlled most the offense on the night and the goal was earned.
The Phoenix fore-check carried over to the extra session as they continued to hold up Edmonton in their own zone.
A penalty to Vermette proved as costly for Phoenix as the [enalty to the Oilers at the end of regulation.
With the Oilers skating with the man advantage, Nail Yakupov potted the game winner to spoil the Phoenix comeback.
Dubnyk was named the first star and Chad Johnson was the number two star.
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