The Arizona Coyotes incredible streak against the Edmonton Oilers continued Friday night, as they scored a 3-2 shootout win. The Coyotes are now 20-0-4 in their last 24 games against the Oilers.
The Oilers thought they’d won the game right at the end of overtime. Matthew Benning set up Connor McDavid in front, whose shot fluttered under the crossbar and into the net as the horn sounded. After a video review, it was ruled the puck wasn’t over the line before time expired.
Edmonton grabbed a 2-0 first period lead with McDavid scoring on a breakaway at 1:31 and Adam Larsson striking at 17:29. However, Max Domi replied just nine seconds later.
Shane Doan tied the game with a deflection goal with 11:54 left in the third.
The Oilers had a power play in overtime but couldn’t convert despite having the puck for almost the entire two minutes.
In the shootout, Mark Letestu scored for the Oilers with Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tallying for Arizona.
“I didn’t think we were very sharp as a team tonight,” says Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “We didn’t have the same jump and execution level we’ve had lately.”
Arizona outshot the Oilers 41-34, including 22-12 in the first period. “We gave up way too many chances, way too many shots on net,” says captain Connor McDavid. “We get another opportunity to play them again. We’ll give them our best next time.”
The Oilers move back into first in the Pacific Division with a record of 12-8-2. The two teams meet again Sunday afternoon in Edmonton. (jrw)