The Edmonton Oilers continued their winning ways by defeating the visiting Phoenix Coytoes by a score of 3-2 to mark a 3 game winning streak.
Tonight the attention was supposed to turned towards the reunification of Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky - a line which haven't played together since the Symth trade in 2007. Moreover, Oil Country finally was able to see Hemsky step on the ice since his shoulder injury which put him out for the remainder of the 2010/11 season.
Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were the glaring stand-outs in the win as the pair each shared 3 points between them.
On the power-play in the first period, Taylor Hall chased down the puck and chipped the puck over the Coyotes defender, shot the puck on net and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins threw in the garbage for his first goal of the pre-season.
One minute and change into the second period the kids struck again with Nugent-Hopkins rifling a pass (between three defenders) to Hall who made no mistake and went roof-daddy on Smith to put the Oilers up by 2.
Middle of the second, the kids concluded their night with Taylor Hall's second laser blast of the evening. Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle collected apples on the 3rd goal to put the game out of reach for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes did manage to solve Khabibulin when Ray Whitney and Shane Doan rattled the Russians twine, though the 38 year-old net minder turned aside 18 shots.
The Oilers will now rest up and prepare for a show down in Minnesota this Friday.