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Edmonton at Phoenix

Coyotes 3, Oilers 2

CBSSports.com wire reports
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes enjoy playing the role of the spoiler.

The Coyotes knocked off Vancouver last weekend and then beat the playoff-hopeful Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday.

The also-ran Coyotes are playing with a purpose and providing a challenge for clubs fighting for spots in the postseason.

"How this team is responding is real positive," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I thought against Vancouver was a good effort, and again tonight was an equally good effort. I'm really happy the way our young guys are progressing."

Martin Hanzal scored the winning goal, and kept the Oilers from gaining critical points in their chase of a Western Conference playoff spot. Edmonton lost its third straight while Phoenix won for the third time in five games.

"We lost our composure in our zone (in the second period), and that cost us the game," Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "Right now, we're getting down to the nitty-gritty in the schedule and can only look ahead."

Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist, and Ken Klee also scored for Phoenix. Hanzal's second-period tally stood up as the game-winner.

Ales Kotalik and Ales Hemsky netted Edmonton's goals. Kotalik scored his 16th of the season at 10:01 and Hemsky got the Oilers within 3-2 just 43 seconds later when he put a shot between the legs of defenseman Kurt Sauer and by Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Oilers have eight games remaining.

"We're running out of defeats," coach Craig MacTavish said. "I thought we played well, but had a breakdown in the second period. They get nine shots, score three goals, and that did us. We had an inability to survive that period."

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead when Lombardi beat goalie Dwayne Roloson, who dropped to his knees, with a wrist shot to the far side just 3:42 into the game.

Phoenix increased its lead with two goals just over three minutes apart in the second period.

Klee, a 37 year old defenseman, scored his first of the season when he converted a centering pass from Nigel Dawes at 11:38. Hanzal made it 3-0 when he took a pass from Petr Prucha and scored his 11th of the season at 14:56.

"It's always nice when I score, and especially when it's the game winner," Hanzal said. "Every win is a huge win, and this was especially good because it was at home and we want to win for the fans."

Notes

Roloson started his 30th straight game, extending his team record. Lombardi's goal was his third in his last four games with Phoenix. It was Lombardi's second two-point game since the Coyotes acquired him from Calgary. Hemsky's goal was his second in 12 games.

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Scoreboard
Edmonton (35-30-9)0022
Phoenix  (31-36-7) «1203
Three Stars
M. Lombardi
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Winnik
PHO


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
K. Klee
PHO


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:42Matthew Lombardi (13), Snap Shot, Unassisted.
2ND PERIOD
11:38Ken Klee (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Dawes, Lombardi
14:46Martin Hanzal (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Doan, Prucha
3RD PERIOD
10:01Power Play - Ales Kotalik (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Hemsky, Horcoff
10:44Ales Hemsky (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staios
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:33Hemsky, 2 min, Hooking
14:31Doan, 2 min, Hooking
19:57Winnik, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
18:31Lombardi, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
01:36Jovanovski, 2 min, Cross-Checking
03:23O'Sullivan, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:23O'Sullivan, 2 min, Hooking
08:35Upshall, 2 min, High-Sticking
20:00Gagner, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Edmonton8101028
Phoenix96823
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Dwayne Roloson58:33203
Ilya Bryzgalov60:00262
Game Information
Attendance - 14337
Referees - Wes McCauley, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Lyle Seitz
 
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