EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Edmonton native Derek Morris gave Wayne
Gretzky a victory over the team he led to four Stanley Cup titles.
Morris scored a power-play goal one minute into overtime and
Oleg Saprykin had two goals in the Phoenix Coyotes' 4-3 win over
the Oilers on Tuesday, a night Gretzky started by joining fellow
Hall of Famer Paul Coffey at center ice as the latter's Edmonton
jersey was retired.
"Sweet to get the win here," Morris said. "It was a special
It was Gretzky's first game as an NHL coach in Edmonton since he
captained the Oilers to the four Stanley Cups in eight seasons in
"We got a little bit lucky with the shot in overtime but it was
hard-fought victory for us," Gretzky said.
Michael Peca scored his first goal as an Oiler, while Igor
Ulanov and Marty Reasoner also scored for Edmonton, which lost a
fourth straight game before a sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall
Place after erasing a 3-1 deficit early in the third to force
"The ceremony itself was inspiring," Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said of the salute to Coffey's seven seasons and three
Stanley Cups with Edmonton. "But it was a debacle from the
Saprykin scored two backhanded goals against goaltender Jussi
Markannen in a 2:09 span of the first period for the Coyotes.
"I thought the first 30 minutes we played really solid
hockey," Gretzky said.
Phoenix captain Shane Doan put a blast past Markkanen from the
slot early in the third period for a 3-1 lead.
Former Oilers goalie Curtis Joseph finished with 27 saves,
including a point-blank glove stop on Jarret Stoll with just under
four minutes left, for his 399th career victory.
"We certainly got off to a good start and they kept
scrapping," said Joseph, who played in Edmonton for 2½ seasons
from 1995-97. "Give them credit. They just kept battling back,
battling back, battling back."
Peca scored in the third period off a rebound following an
end-to-end rush by defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Reasoner
earned his 100th NHL point on a power-play goal just over three
Ulanov scored off a wrist shot from the high slot in the second
period for the Oilers, who all wore a small No. 7 on their jerseys
in honor of Coffey.
The Oilers took just two shots in opening nine minutes.
The Coyotes built an early 22-10 shot advantage and finished
2-for-7 on the power play. The Oilers were 1-for-6 with the man
Edmonton native and former Oiler Mike Comrie, a center for the
Coyotes, was booed each time he touched the puck.
"It's always fun playing in this building whether you're
playing for Edmonton or against them," Comrie said. "It's always
exciting because the fans are into it."
Oilers F Todd Harvey remained sidelined with high ankle
sprain. ... Coyotes D Denis Gauthier will be out until mid-November
with fractured right pinkie. ... There are 14 Canadians on both the
Oilers and Coyotes rosters. ... With one more victory, Joseph will
become the ninth goaltender to reach 400 wins. Joseph remains third
among active goaltenders, behind Toronto's Ed Belfour (437) and New
Jersey's Martin Brodeur (406).406