Phoenix at Edmonton

Coyotes hold on to hand Oilers sixth straight loss


EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 36 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes hold off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night.

Mikkel Boedker, Radim Vrbata and Derek Morris also scored as Phoenix raced to a 4-0 lead. The Coyotes improved to 24-18-9, ending a two-game losing streak and a five-game road skid.

Matt Hendricks, David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton. The Oilers have lost six in a row for the second time this season to drop to 15-32-6. Three points ahead of last-place Buffalo, the Oilers have only two wins in their last 13 games.

The Coyotes opened the scoring with 5:43 left in the first period when Antoine Vermette made a cross-ice pass and Boedker beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a wrist shot to the top corner for his 15th goal.

Phoenix took a two-goal lead with 2:50 left in the period after some quick passing allowed Martin Hanzal to put it in front to Vrbata for a power-play goal.

Just over a minute later, Morris fired a shot that beat Bryzgalov to the glove side.

The Coyotes made it 4-0 early in the second period on Ribeiro's tip. Smith assisted on the goal.

Edmonton finally got on the board with 6:43 minutes left in the second when Hendricks redirected Ryan Jones' shot past Smith for his first goal in four games with the Oilers after a trade with Nashville.

The Oilers made it 4-2 1:50 into the third when Perron lifted a backhander past Smith for his team-leading 19th goal. Edmonton cut it to one at 7:50 on Nugent-Hopkins' quick shot.


Oilers captain Andrew Ference left with a head injury and did not return. ... Edmonton winger Nail Yakupov returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a head injury.

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The Coyotes mix it up with the Oilers in Edmonton, building a 4-0 lead and making it stick to get the victory.  (USATSI)
The Coyotes mix it up with the Oilers in Edmonton, building a 4-0 lead and making it stick to get the victory. (USATSI)
Phoenix  (24-18-9) «3104
Edmonton (15-32-6)0123
Three Stars
M. Ribeiro

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Hendricks

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
D. Morris

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
14:17 - Mikkel Boedker (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Vermette, Korpikoski
17:10Power Play - Radim Vrbata (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Hanzal, Ribeiro
18:19 - Derek Morris (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Halpern, Klinkhammer
03:00 - Mike Ribeiro (13), Tip-In. Assist: Moss, Smith
13:17 - Matt Hendricks (3), Tip-In. Assist: Jones, Gordon
01:50 - David Perron (19), Backhand Shot. Assist: Potter, Marincin
07:50 - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Eberle, Hall
Penalty Summary
06:48Hendricks, 2 min, Elbowing
10:21Chipchura, 2 min, Tripping
15:53Hendricks, 2 min, Roughing
15:53Hendricks, 2 min, Roughing
15:53Chipchura, 2 min, Roughing
19:24Stone, 2 min, Hooking
42.0Smith, 2 min, Delaying Game
08:14Hanzal, 2 min, Roughing
02:16Yandle, 2 min, Elbowing
Shots On Goal
Mike Smith60:00363
Ilya Bryzgalov58:45254
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Marc Joannette, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Mark Shewchyk
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