Phoenix at Edmonton

Moreau scores hat trick to help Oilers double up Coyotes

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton captain Ethan Moreau capped a festive night at Rexall Place with his first career NHL hat trick.

Hours after Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson's No. 9 jersey was raised to the rafters, Moreau finished off his three-goal game with an empty-net goal in the final second to help beat the Phoenix Coyotes 6-3 on Sunday.

"It's even more special because all of my teammates were looking for me at the end," he said. "I knew when Stevie (Staios) got it he would be thinking about one thing. Trying to get me the puck. It makes you feel good that they were very aware that I had two goals and they wanted to see me get the hat trick."

Ales Hemsky had two goals after missing 10 games because of a concussion.

"I'm very happy to come back like this," Hemsky said. "I took a couple hits in the game and my head reacted well, so I'm pretty happy about that. I knew it would be tough coming back from this, but I got a goal pretty early on and that really gave me confidence."

Dustin Penner also scored, and Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves for Edmonton. With their second straight victory and fourth in five games, the Oilers moved past Minnesota for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

"We haven't had an energetic game like that all year," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was a pretty complete game on our part tonight. All of the lines were good. The team's turning a corner now I think."

Keith Yandle, Daniel Carcillo and Peter Mueller scored for Phoenix.

Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky wasn't overly critical of his team's performance, feeling the Oilers got a bit of a lift from Anderson's ceremony.

"I thought as a team we played pretty well tonight," Gretzky said. "We're playing against a team in a similar situation that we're in. We're battling for our lives and every game is important. We knew that it was a big night for their organization and their players are going to feed off of that and they played well tonight."

Hemsky gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead midway through the first period, splitting the defense and freezing Ilya Bryzgalov with a deke. Moreau made it 3-1 on a deflection with a minute left in the first.

Carcillo and Mueller scored in a 2:35 span of the second to tie it, but Penner put the Oilers back in front at 12:01. Hemsky scored his second of the game with 1:37 left in the third, and Moreau added his empty-netter.

"Like every game it was a big game and we didn't have the urgency early on," Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. "We scored the first one and they tied it up. Those next few shifts are the most important ones of the period. They got two quick goals."

Notes

  • It was Hemsky's first game since Dec. 28.
  • Phoenix captain Shane Doan is just two goals short of becoming the third player in Jets/Coyotes history to have nine consecutive 20-goal seasons. The other two are Keith Tkachuk and Dale Hawerchuk.
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Ethan Moreau has a memorable outing against Phoenix as he puts up his first career hat trick.  (AP)
Ethan Moreau has a memorable outing against Phoenix as he puts up his first career hat trick. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Phoenix (23-19-5)1203
Edmonton  (23-19-3) «3126
Three Stars
A. Hemsky
EDM


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
E. Moreau
EDM


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
D. Penner
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:30Keith Yandle (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Turris, Goertzen
08:45Ethan Moreau (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Cogliano
11:53Ales Hemsky (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Penner, Cogliano
19:00Ethan Moreau (9), Tip-In. Assist: Gilbert, Pouliot
2ND PERIOD
06:04Daniel Carcillo (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Turris, Goertzen
08:39Peter Mueller (12), Tip-In. Assist: Jokinen, Jovanovski
12:01Dustin Penner (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Horcoff, Visnovsky
3RD PERIOD
18:23Ales Hemsky (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Staios, Smid
19:59Ethan Moreau (10), Empty Net. Assist: Staios, Cogliano
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
03:12Lisin, 2 min, Interference
06:26Jovanovski, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:12Carcillo, 5 min, Fighting
12:12Smid, 5 min, Fighting
19:58Carcillo, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
3RD PERIOD
10:11Visnovsky, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
Phoenix1110728
Edmonton1041529
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ilya Bryzgalov58:45235
Dwayne Roloson59:58253
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Phoenix0-for-1
Edmonton0-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Brian Mach
 
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