The Coyotes extended their point streak to 23 games (19 0 4) against their Pacific Division rivals with the help of Mike Smith’s 27 saves on his 34th birthday.
The last time the Coyotes lost in regulation to the Oilers was Jan. 25, 2011.
On this night, a lot of it had to do with Ekman Larsson. He returned from a six game absence due to a shoulder injury, with the Coyotes desperately needing a spark after being blanked in consecutive games.
The result was a spirited effort, with Ekman Larsson doing everything from picking up an assist to taking a stick to the face and drawing a penalty that led to a goal.
He’s been out for a little bit, and then he comes back and plays like that,» Rieder said. It’s amazing.»
Alex Tanguay and Martin Hanzal also scored for Arizona, and Max Domi added an empty netter with 46 seconds left.
Jordan Eberle and Mark Letestu scored for the Oilers, and Connor McDavid had two assists to extend his point streak to five games.
Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots in Edmonton’s second straight loss overall and 24th defeat in 29 meetings with Arizona.
Dubnyk made a season high 38 saves for the Wild, who beat the Los Angeles Kings 2 1 on Tuesday night to move back into possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
He wanted to show the team that he was going to carry us through that game,» said interim coach John Torchetti, who improved to 12 6 1 since taking over.
Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who have killed 15 straight penalties over the last eight games. The Wild, who have played once more than the Avalanche with a matchup in Colorado looming on Saturday, were thoroughly outplayed. Thanks to Dubnyk and their special teams, they picked up two precious points.
We knew we didn’t have it,» defenceman Ryan Suter said. We just battled.»
Tyler Toffoli scored for the Kings, who lost 5 2 in Nashville to the Predators on Monday. They’re ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division by four points, though the Sharks have played one fewer game.
We had our chances,» said Toffoli, who scored his team high 27th goal midway through the second period. We just didn’t bear down on our opportunities. I think we all had more than one.»
Dubnyk, who stopped 60 of 64 shots in shootout wins by the Wild on Saturday and Sunday, improved to 8 1 1 in his last 10 decisions. wholesale nfl jerseys from china He gave up three goals in 17 minutes last Thursday before being pulled at New Jersey, but he has helped the Wild stay afloat with the rest of their game still trying to find a groove.
That doesn’t mean you worry about getting scored on, and it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to go get a goal. It just means you have to be sharp and understand that you’re going to get some work,» Dubnyk said. Sometimes those are fun games.»
During a second period power play for the Kings, Dubnyk saved a low slap shot by Drew Doughty with his glove and fell over from the force of it while doing a butterfly kick out of his legs. Dubnyk had a big smile on his face as he climbed to his feet, serenaded by one of the many Duuuuub!» sounds the crowd made.
With about 3 1/2 minutes left, Dubnyk lost control of his stick denying Nick Shore in the crease before diving to stop and smother the rebound by Jake Muzzin.
It was a pretty sharp angle, so I just tried to close my hands toward it as much as I can,» Dubnyk said.
The Kings had 23 shot attempts in the first period to a mere four for the Wild, and the final tally of on target tries was 39 18. The first one Minnesota took went in, when Haula stretched his career best point streak to six straight games with a backhander that eluded goalie Jonathan Quick just 3:46 into the game.
Tampa Bay tied the Florida Panthers atop the Atlantic Division with 89 points. Both teams have nine games remaining, and the Lightning own the tiebreaker with more non shootout victories (39 33).
The whole team played a good game,» Condra said. If we keep that going, we will be a scary team to play against.»
Condra’s previous goal came on Dec. 5 in San Jose. These were his first two for the Lightning on home ice.
Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning. Brian Boyle, Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman added two assists apiece.
Condra’s last two goal game was on Dec. 20, 2011, with Ottawa against Buffalo.
That’s what you need the depth for,» Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. There’s been some times he hasn’t been in the lineup. It’s tough to come in when you’re the only new guy to the organization.»
Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings, who were outshot 34 25.
Coupled with Philadelphia’s shootout loss at Columbus, Detroit fell into a tie with the Flyers for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the New York Islanders. The Red Wings own the tiebreaker with Philadelphia.