Jamie McGinn scored with 3:44 left, lifting the Arizona Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Sunday afternoon at Rogers Place.
The Coyotes are now 21-0-4 in their last 25 games against the Oilers.
The Oilers carried the play for most of the first period, but Radim Vrbata opened the scoring with 3:50 left in the session. His bad angle shot was stopped by Cam Talbot, but the rebound banked in off defenceman Kris Russell.
Milan Lucic finally tied it with 9:21 left in the third, deflecting Connor McDavid’s point shot past Mike Smith. Smith wound up as the star of the game, making 41 saves. The shots were 42-23 for Edmonton.
“I think our physical presentation or how we feel physically is a little sharper than even mental,” said Head Coach Todd McLellan. “Sometimes you need to get away from it. You need some rest. Our last two arrivals were from flights at 3-3:15 in the morning. I just think our group needs to breathe here a little bit, to get some some rest. And get the polish back a little bit. We will.”
The Oilers fall to 12-9-2 on the season. They’ll host Toronto on Tuesday. (jrw)