GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Adrian Aucoin #33 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates over to congratulate goaltender Mike Smith #41 after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on December 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
After giving up 2 goals in the second period the Phoenix Coyotes had a big comeback in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers, which took sent the game to overtime and the shootout which the Yotes handily won. This was a big moment for the Coyotes, it was Dave Tippett's 400th NHL win, this was the first time in franchise history that the Yotes have swept the Oilers, it moved the Coyotes back into 7th place, and now the Coyotes are tied with the Dallas Stars for the Pacific Division lead.
The Coyotes played a good solid first period, they did not allow the usual early deficit, but they were not able to generate any goals of their own. For the Coyotes though, the second period was the new first period, they allowed Edmonton to score twice in 33 seconds, with goals from Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky. The Coyotes did not quit though, they shook off the second period woos with 2 goals from Ray Whitney and Raffi Torres to tie the game up late in the third. Suddenly the game that looked lost was very much still within reach. Keith Yandle was busy during the game, he fought Lennart Petrell in the first, a fight that he lost, he took a penalty early in overtime, and as he was getting out of the box he picked up the puck and got hooked getting him a penalty shot, which was unsuccessful. Mikkel Boedker and Ray Whitney scored in the shootout, Boeds has been great on the shootouts this season and its great to see him in that role that he is so successful at. This was the return of Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata.
Edmonton started off the game pretty slow offensively. For a while the Coyotes the shots on goal were 6-0 Coyotes, but the did manage to even that out and generate more offense later in the game. The Oilers scored the first two goals of the game which definitely allowed them to control the flow of the game later on. After Whitney's goal they worked hard to try shut down the Yotes and keep them from generating any more offense, but unfortunately they couldn't stop Torres. Devan Dubnyk looked great this game, and for a while it didn't look like the Coyotes were going to be able to put anything past him.
Five For Winning
1. Don't let the Oilers score first. Especially 17 seconds into the game like another Canadian team did recently. I really don't need to say anymore do I? Didn't happen but luckily the Yotes managed to win.
Our Three Stars:
1. Ray Whitney. The Wizard scored the first goal which got the Yotes going and got the winning goal in the shootout.
2. Raffi Torres. Torres got the tying goal and kept the Coyotes in game.
3. Mikkel Boedker. Boedker started off the shootout for the Yotes and made scoring look easy.
Comment of the Night
I've been screaming and yelling about this.
Lets flip our attitudes.
COME ON COYOTES!!!!
The Coyotes are tied with the Stars for the Pacific Division lead, and it seems almost fated that these two teams will be facing off against each other on Tuesday. The Western Conference playoff landscape changes almost daily, but if the Coyotes can win against Dallas things may be a little bit easier for them, but they are still going to have to play hard the final 9 games.