Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Arizona leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 30th
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Game 2: Friday, January 24th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 20th
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Game 4: Wednesday, March 26th
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Oilers 3

(17-12-4, 42 pts)

Coyotes 4

(13-16-3, 35 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 30, 2002

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

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ARI 1 1 1 14

D. Langkow (Coyotes - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

L. Nagy (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Comrie (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Langkow scores 100th goal in 500th game

PHOENIX (AP) -- Daymond Langkow was more excited about beating the Edmonton Oilers for the first time in a Phoenix uniform than he was about his milestones.

Langkow got to 100 goals in his 500th game by scoring late in regulation and again in overtime as the Coyotes beat the Oilers 4-3 on Monday night.

"Winning the game, that's what makes it special,'' said Langkow, traded to Phoenix before the Coyotes went 0-3-0-1 against Edmonton last season. "You get two goals and lose, it doesn't mean anything. So it feels good to finally contribute offensively.''

He had two goals in his first 36 games, but three in the last two.

Sean Burke made 31 saves to win for the second time in two games since his return from an ankle sprain. Burke, who missed 29 games, shut out Philadelphia on Saturday.

"Burkie gives us a chance to win,'' forward Shane Doan said. "He made some huge saves for us in the first period. I mean huge. He keeps us in the game. We could have been down 2-0 early.''

Doan and Ladislav Nagy each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, 5-2-2-1 in their last 10 games.

Ethan Moreau gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead late in the third period with a goal that forced Phoenix's rally.

Mike Comrie had a goal and two assists, Anson Carter had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Smyth had two assists for the Oilers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

The Oilers have gone to overtime in five of eight games, including Saturday, when they beat Toronto 3-2.

"This is symptomatic of what has happened to us lately,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We haven't been able to keep a lead because we don't control pucks in our end.''

The Coyotes put seven shots on net in overtime. Langkow took the last one when he deflected Doan's shot from the circle between Tommy Salo's stick and the post to score with 28.7 seconds left.

"Salo had to kind of come up, and Lanks knocked it down perfectly,'' Doan said.

Langkow tied it at 3 with 5:08 left in the third period when he took a pass from Mike Johnson behind the net, popped up on Salo's stick side and tucked the puck into the corner.

"Whether Burke was in the net or not, going into the last five minutes of the third period with a one-goal lead, relinquishing that is inexcusable,'' Carter said.

Salo had 35 saves.

Carter opened the scoring with a hard one-timer at 10:03 of the first period.

Doan tied it with 23 seconds left in the period, sweeping the puck past Salo after getting Daniel Briere's deft pass, a chip over a defender's stick.

A Phoenix goal was disallowed late in the second period because Johnson knocked Salo, who had Langkow's shot pinned, into the net.

The Coyotes got the lead when Nagy got a long rebound of Ossi Vaananen's shot and fired from the circle with 1:54 remaining in the period.

But he took a roughing penalty against Brian Swanson seconds later, and Comrie tied it at 2 with 23 seconds left, belting a slap shot from above the circle past Burke's glove side.

"It was an exceptional hockey game for 44 minutes,'' Coyotes coach Bob Francis said. "The fans definitely got their money's worth.''

Game notes


The game was Burke's 700th. ... Coyotes D Danny Markov had three pins and a plate inserted into his broken left forearm Sunday and will miss six-to-eight weeks. ... Oilers D Janne Niinimaa sat out after bruising his left knee Saturday, but could return by Thursday. ... Doan's five power-play goals are one shy of his career high. ... Edmonton D Steve Staios left the game with a concussion after Branko Radivojevic knocked him headfirst into the glass in the second period.

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