EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) It has been more than 30 years since one team has had the number of their opposition to the degree that the
Smith couldn't explain the lengthy streak, as well as his own 15-1-1 lifetime mark against the Oilers.
''I can't, I just can't,'' Smith said. ''It's a team that we have had some success against, but I feel it is a little bit different of a team now than the one we have had so much success against in the past. It was definitely a challenging win for us.''
McGinn was left all alone in front and beat goalie
''We are 6-4-2 in our last 12 games,'' he said. ''We have a lot of young players and new players and we knew it was going to take some time to get our group together and we are moving in the right direction.''
Arizona opened the scoring late in the first period. Vrbata took a no-look shot from the corner that bounced off Oilers defender
Edmonton finally got on the board with 9:21 remaining in the third after a long point shot by
Edmonton buzzed around the Arizona net with Talbot pulled for the extra attacker, but couldn't get a second goal past Smith. He's 15-1-1 against the Oilers.
''We forced them to defend all game long,'' McDavid said. ''If that (first) goal doesn't go in, it's a little bit of a different game. Ultimately we did a good job battling back and giving up that late goal is frustrating, but I don't think a lot of guys are too worried about it. Obviously those are big points against divisional teams that we cost ourselves, but it's a long year and we get to see them three more times.''
Notes: It was the second of five meetings between the teams this season. ... The last time the Oilers beat the Coyotes in regulation time was Jan. 25, 2011.
Coyotes: At San Jose on Tuesday night.
Oilers: Host Toronto on Tuesday night.