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Oliver Ekman-Larsson saves Arizona Coyotes' homestand with dramatic overtime goal

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The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night.

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0.3 seconds.

That's all the separated the Arizona Coyotes from the unknown of a shootout and the possibility of losing their 10th consecutive home game.

Not much has gone right for the Coyotes this season, but when the puck is on Oliver Ekman-Larsson's stick in overtime, good things tend to happen. For the third time this season, the puck that won a game for the Coyotes in overtime came off the stick of Ekman-Larsson.

"Winning is fun, right?" Ekman-Larsson said. "(I) almost forgot how it felt, but it was a good feeling today."

A strong effort by Martin Erat to retrieve his own neutral zone turnover as the final seconds of overtime ticked away, resulted in a set-up pass by Sam Gagner, owner of the game-winning assist just one game after being a healthy scratch, to Ekman-Larsson, who hit the back of the net with just 0.3 seconds remaining for the 2-1 victory.

"I saw the clock there -- I think I took a look when it was at 15 seconds left and we turned the puck over a couple of times there, so I was out there for a minute and a half. I was kind of tired, but when I saw the guys get the puck, then I just (said) 'alright, let's try one more time,'" Ekman-Larsson said.

The Coyotes needed and deserved to win Tuesday's game, outshooting the Edmonton Oilers 44-32, including a franchise-record 27 shots on goal in the second period.

Arizona finally got the monkey of its back, but the road to redemption was not easy and got off to a rocky start.

Edmonton opened the scoring with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' eighth goal of the season, a beauty of a short-side wrist shot. The Oilers actually looked fairly competent in the opening period under new "coach", and current general manager, Craig MacTavish.

Boy would that change quickly.

To say the Coyotes owned the middle frame would be an enormous understatement. They outshot the Oilers 27-5 and tied the game on Brandon McMillan's first goal of the season.

Edmonton, as they have done so often this season, forgot how to defense, swarming to the puck and leaving McMillan all by himself on the right side of the offensive zone. SQUIRREL! Joe Vitale found McMillan, who could have done his taxes on his way toward Ben Scrivens, before giving the arena a collective sigh of relief with his game-tying goal.

Arizona got one goal, but they could have, maybe should have, gotten more.

"Well, you could get frustrated, but I think we had the bigger picture in mind that it doesn't matter how many chances we get we just have to have enough to win," coach Dave Tippett said.

A rather uneventful third period gave way to an exciting overtime period in which both teams had quality scoring chances. The six-shot extra frame ended with Ekman-Larsson's seventh goal of the season.

"That was special, that was fun," said Devan Dubnyk on a night where he stopped all but one of Edmonton's 32 shots. "From my end, obviously I didn't even see the puck go in the net, I just saw the light go on. So looking up -- and I mean, I thought the period was over -- so looking up and seeing .3 on the clock was awesome."

The Coyotes finally got that elusive home win in their final opportunity to do so before Christmas break.

"We won a game here, which everybody wants to win, but you got to go on the road and see if we can continue to play well," Tippett said. "That's the only way we'll have a chance to win."

Paw Prints

  • Edmonton's perspective: The Copper & Blue
  • Michael Stone left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury, he did not return and is day-to-day.
  • The Coyotes now have points in 17 consecutive games against Edmonton.
  • Shane Doan is now tied with Mats Sundin for 47th place on the NHL's all-time games played list (1,346).
  • Two of Vitale's three assists this season have come against the Oilers.
  • McMillan's last goal came on March 10, 2014 against Tampa Bay.
  • Don Maloney tied John Ferguson for most wins by a GM in franchise history (278).
  • Attendance: 12,085

Three Stars

1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Game-winning goal.

2. Devan Dubnyk: Stopped 31-of-32 shots en route to his sixth win of the season.

3. Ben Scrivens: Stopped 42-of-44 shots.

Looking Ahead

The Coyotes have a few days off before heading out on the road for a three-game road trip leading up to Christmas. Arizona starts the trip in Los Angeles on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m.