Moreau scored twice to cap Edmonton's franchise-record five
goals in a span of 5:38 and the Oilers routed the reeling Phoenix
Edmonton's seven goals and the five-goal margin of victory were
"Mentally it's such a relief because of the grind we've been
going through," said Moreau, who later added an assist. "Those
one-goal games, on the bench mentally it's hard. You need a game
like that to have fun. There's not so much stress on you."
Ryan Smyth, Shawn Horcoff, Adam Oates and Fernando Pisani had a
goal and an assist apiece for the Oilers, who moved within seven
points of idle Los Angeles for the Western Conference's final
playoff spot. Marc-Andre Bergeron added a goal and Ales Hemsky had
a pair of assists for Edmonton.
"It was nice looking up a the clock at a 6-1 lead with four
minutes left (in the second)," Horcoff said. "We're so used to
fighting for a win in the third period, it was a good feeling to
Jeff Taffe and Jan Hrdina scored for the Coyotes, winless in two
games under interim coach Rick Bowness. Phoenix, 2-10-2-2 in its
last 14 outings and a Western Conference-worst 10-14-5-3 at home,
has allowed 20 goals in its last four games.
"After their third goal it really killed us," Taffe said. "It
got a bad bounce, kinda flattened and went through Booshy's
five-hole. It's kind of the bounces we've been getting lately."
Taffe tied the game 1-all with a power-play goal at 7:07 of the
second period, but then the onslaught began. Pisani and Oates
scored 52 seconds apart to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead. Horcoff made
it 4-1 at 13:39 of the period, ending goalie Brian Boucher's night
with a one-timer from the left faceoff circle off a long lead pass
Moreau finished the Oilers' record run by beating Jean-Marc
Pelletier twice within a span of 1:32 -- his first goal coming on
the first shot Pelletier faced -- as Edmonton opened a 6-1 lead.
"It was a real feel-good game," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish
said. "It seems we've worked hard enough that we deserved a game
like that. We probably have deserved more of them."
The Oilers finished the period with the five goals on just nine
shots. Boucher, pulled for the second time in four starts, allowed
four goals on 18 shots.
"We've got to control that," Taffe said. "We can't let it
slide like that. They score one, you've got to come back with a
couple of great shifts to get the momentum back. We weren't able to
Edmonton's previous mark was set Oct. 24, 1996, when the Oilers
scored five goals over a span of 6:44 in an 8-2 win against St.
Smyth opened the scoring at 8:02 of the first period,
redirecting a shot by Radek Dvorak past Boucher. Bergeron made it
7-1 with at 4:44 of the third period.
Hrdina cut Edmonton's lead to 7-2 on a wrist shot from the top
of the left faceoff circle.
Moreau's two-goal game was the sixth of his career and the
first since Nov. 9, 2002, at New Jersey. Moreau has scored more
goals against the Coyotes -- 12 in 32 games -- than against any other
team. ... Boucher is 3-10-4 since his NHL-record streak of five
straight shutouts ended Jan. 11 against Atlanta. ... Pelletier was
greeted with a derisive cheer and the scoreboard flashed "great
save" on a routine stop with 14:48 left in the game. The crowd
booed lustily as Phoenix skated in its own defensive zone to run
out the game's final 10 seconds.