GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Geoff Sanderson has become the Phoenix
Coyotes' shootout specialist.
"I'm lucky that I get an opportunity to go in the shootout,"
said Sanderson, who has three goals in Phoenix's four shootouts.
"As long as I keep scoring I guess I'll get to keep shooting."
After both teams went scoreless in the opening round, the
Oilers' Ryan Smyth scored with a quick wrist shot to Curtis
Joseph's stick side. Sanderson answered when he faked Jussi
Markkanen to the ice with a forehand deke, then pulled the puck
back and scored on a wrist shot.
Ales Hemsky missed the net wide on Edmonton's final attempt
before Nagy recorded the winner over Markkanen's right shoulder.
"It looked like he cheated a little to his glove side, which
left his stick side a little bit open," Coyotes coach Wayne
Gretzky said. "We talked about it a little bit on the bench.
Usually we don't talk about it but this time we did."
"I take the onus on that one," Smyth said. "I didn't get the
puck in deep enough, turned it over and then it was in our net."
Smyth and Jason Smith scored in regulation for the Oilers, who
lost for the fourth time in five games. Edmonton's Georges Laraque
was credited with his first goal since March 16, 2004, when newly
acquired Coyotes defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tapped the puck past
Joseph's outstretched glove into his own net.
Phoenix is 2-0 in shootouts at home and 3-1 overall. The Oilers
fell to 4-3 in shootouts, 2-3 on the road.
The Oilers tied it 2-2 with 14:16 remaining on Seidenberg's
miscue. Laraque flipped a short wrist shot off Joseph's glove. But
Seidenberg, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday for
forward Petr Nedved, reached into the crease and deflected the
rebound into the net.
Smith made it 3-2 for Edmonton when he took a pass from Radek
Dvorak at the top of the right circle, took one stride and blasted
the puck past Curtis Joseph for his fourth goal.
"At least we were trying in the third, which is more than I can
say for the first two periods," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
"At least we started trying. It was a pretty pathetic effort by
Comrie gave Phoenix a 1-0 lead when he beat Markkanen from just
below the left circle. Smyth tied it at 15:24 of the period when he
slipped behind the Phoenix defense to take a pass from Steve Staios
and scored from the top of the left circle.
Johnson put the Coyotes back in front 2-1 when he tipped Fredrik
Sjostrom's shot from the outer hashes of the right circle past
Markkanen with 47.8 seconds left in the second period.
"It's nice to battle back after we gave up the lead and get
that winning feeling after the game," Johnson said.
Phoenix had an apparent goal by Shane Doan waved off earlier in
the period when referees Chris Rooney and Brad Watson determined
Johnson interfered with Markkanen in the crease.
"We looked at the tape and the referee made a good call,"
The Coyotes have put a puck into their own net for an
opposing goal in three straight games. ... Laraque's goal was his
42nd in 462 career games. ... Coyotes D Paul Mara was penalized for
using an illegally curved stick midway through the second period,
leading to an Edmonton two-man advantage. Phoenix killed the
penalty but Gretzky was angry after the game. "It was stupidity on
our part," he said. "There's no reason to have an illegally
curved stick in this day and age." When told Mara didn't know his
stick was illegal, Gretzky smirked. "I'm not buying that," he
said. "These guys look at their sticks all day long." ... Before
the game, the Coyotes inducted former Winnipeg standout Tomas Steen
into the team's ring of honor. Steen, the franchise leader in
assists, had his number 25 jersey retired by the then-Jets on May
6, 1995. Steen joined Gretzky and former WHA and NHL great Bobby
Hull in the Coyotes' ring of honor.