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Phoenix at Edmonton

Sykora's four points lead Oilers past Coyotes

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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EDMONTON -- Following a dominant performance Monday night, the Edmonton Oilers' new line of Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Patrick Thoresen has likely earned an extended run.

Sykora had a goal and three assists, Hemsky and Thoresen chipped in three-point performances and the Oilers downed the slumping Phoenix Coyotes 5-2.

Shawn Horcoff and Jarrett Stoll each added their first goal of the season for the Oilers (6-2-0).

Sykora said the line, which was retooled to give Norwegian rookie Thoresen a more prominent role after a strong start, is starting to mesh.

"Everybody is skating and making plays and looking for each other out there and that is why we have had success. It's why the puck is going in for us," said Sykora, who leads the Oilers with 13 points. "Right now we are getting our chances and we are scoring on them. Patrick is making some great plays out there right now."

Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish also praised Thoresen, who doubled his season point total and has looked good since replacing Raffi Torres on the line.

"I was super impressed with him in camp and he just continues to get more impressive," said MacTavish. "I don't know that we have a player that thinks the game positionally as well he does right now. He checks and all those things. He thinks the game well offensively and has really meshed in with (Hemsky), who was spectacular tonight, as was (Sykora)."

Thoresen, just the fifth player from Norway to play in the NHL, is just glad to be getting a shot.

"It's such a bonus for me to create points right now," he said. "Every time I am out there I'm just trying to work hard and to do my job on the line. I'm just trying to work hard to make room for Hemsky and Sykora because they are two of the most skilled guys in the league."

Jeremy Roenick and Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes (2-7-0), who have lost six of their last seven and are off to their worst start since moving to Phoenix from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season.

"We need to ... win, however we do it," said Roenick. "We're not going to do it sitting in the penalty box all night. We're the most undisciplined team in the league and it has to stop. It's embarrassing.

"We're killing our goaltenders with barrages of shots because we are killing penalties all ... night. We keep doing the same thing."

The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 start 12 minutes into the first period, scoring two goals in 59 seconds.

Torres beat Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph with an easy tap-in after a perfect cross-ice pass from Thoresen. A minute later, and with the Oilers on the power play, Stoll ripped a slap shot from the point past Joseph for his first goal of the season.

Early in the second period Horcoff blasted in a slap shot off the post give Edmonton a 3-0 lead.

Phoenix finally put one past Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson four minutes later as Ladislav Nagy hit Roenick with a pass as he charged the net. Roenick's first of the year broke a string of 147:50 without a goal for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes pulled within one on a second-period power play when Comrie batted a puck through Roloson's legs during a scramble in front of the net.

Edmonton went up 4-2 in the third when Sykora blasted his sixth goal past Joseph.

Sykora got his fourth point of the night on another Oiler power play, although it was Hemsky that did the work, circling around at the point before wristing a shot over Joseph's shoulder for the game's final score.

Notes

  • The Coyotes take on the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday night, while Edmonton starts a two-game road trip at Anaheim on Wednesday.
  • Former Oiler Georges Laraque returned to the Coyotes lineup after missing one game as a healthy scratch. In his seven previous starts this season he was minus-5 with zero points.
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The Coyotes' Mike Comrie is able to push the puck past Dwayne Roloson during the second period.  (AP)
The Coyotes' Mike Comrie is able to push the puck past Dwayne Roloson during the second period. (AP)
Scoreboard
Phoenix (2-7-0)0202
Edmonton  (6-2-0) «2125
Three Stars
P. Sykora
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 4
A. Hemsky
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
P. Thoresen
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 5

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:20Raffi Torres (2), Snap Shot - Assists: Patrick Thoresen, Petr Sykora
13:19Power Play - Jarret Stoll, Slap Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora
2ND PERIOD
03:15Shawn Horcoff, Snap Shot - Assists: Daniel Tjarnqvist, Jarret Stoll
07:27Jeremy Roenick, Slap Shot - Assists: Ladislav Nagy, Zbynek Michalek
09:36Power Play - Mike Comrie (3), Wrist Shot - Assists: Shane Doan, Keith Yandle
3RD PERIOD
05:15Petr Sykora (6), Snap Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky, Patrick Thoresen
11:54Power Play - Ales Hemsky (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Petr Sykora, Patrick Thoresen
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:52Seidenberg: Hooking - 2 min.
08:37Stoll: Interference - 2 min.
09:41Joseph: Diving - 2 min.
12:55Saprykin: Tripping - 2 min.
14:55Winchester: Slashing - 2 min.
19:24Tjarnqvist: Holding - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
01:15Jovanovski: Hooking - 2 min.
08:03Thoresen: Interference - 2 min.
11:21Nagy: Hooking - 2 min.
14:21Seidenberg: Delay of Game - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
05:48Torres: Tripping - 2 min.
11:02Jovanovski: High sticking - 2 min.
13:21Fischer: Holding - 2 min.
14:52Jovanovski: Hooking - 2 min.
16:43Boynton: Hooking - 2 min.
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 123T
Phoenix1210830
Edmonton11121639
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Curtis Joseph60:00345
Dwayne Roloson60:00282
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Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Chris Rooney, Brad Watson
Line Judges - Lonnie Cameron, Vaughan Rody
 
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