Coyotes Hold Off Oilers Comeback, Refs, to Earn 5-4 OT Win

Editors Note: Hmm... Thought this was already up... but...

Well the Coyotes needed to overcome two Oilers comebacks and some mind-blowingly bad calls to down the Oilers in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Coyotes took a 2-0 lead With a pretty goal by Radim Vrbata off a neutral zone faceoff win and then a Shane Doan goal early in the Second period on a rebound given up by Jeff Deslauriers. The Oilers came right back with two quick goals just past the halfway point from Gilbert Brule and Patrick O'Sullivan. The Coyote would regain the 2 goal lead though later in the 2nd With goals from Martin Hanzal and Petr Prucha.

One of the biggest moments of the game was a goal that was disallowed against the Coyotes. Deslauriers grabbed a piece of Ed Jovanovski who was screening him and the referees ruled that Jovo interfered with the goalie on the play. He didn't get a penalty and there really wasn't much of a review, but being in the crease doesn't disallow anything anymore. I really don't understand why the goal wasn't counted and it seems no one else has a decent explanation either. It really took the wind out of the Coyotes though as the Oilers came right back and got two more quick goals by Denis Grebeshkov and Dustin Penner to tie everything up at 4-4.

In the overtime period Anders Eriksson did a good job of drawing a penalty on Fernando Pasani early in the extra period to give the Coyotes a big 4 on 3 power play chance. The Coyotes took full advantage of it and when one of the Oiler players lost his stick, essentially giving the Coyotes a 4-2.5 power play, Shane Doan was able to get in close to end it with a nice shot from the front.

Here are some quick video highlights from NHL.com

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