Reporting from Milan, Italy
The winning streak dried up in the desert as the Edmonton Oilers were doubled up by the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Glendale AZ by a score of 4-2.
“We really had to muster everything to get ourselves back in the game which we did, but at the end of the day they were a little more precise than we were and we flirted with the puck too much. That cost us the game." said coach Oilers coach Tom Renney.
With the Coyotes up by two goals, rookie phenom Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found the back of the net with a tip-in to earn his 6th goal of the year. However, the Coyotes stormed back 2 minutes later (which appeared to foreshadow an imminent win for the Desert Dogs); when Gordon slipped a backhand past Devan Dubnyk.
Oilers Defenseman Theo Peckham earned his first goal of the season to bring the Oilers with-in one for the second time of the game. However, with Dubnyk on the bench for he 6th man, Coyotes Ray Whitney sealed the win with an empty netter to help snap the Oilers 6 game winning streak.
Mike Smith held for the fort for the Coyotes as he kicked aside 24 saves and also added an assist during the victory. At the other end, Deven Dubnyk managed to keep his club within striking reach by absorbing 26 saves.
Jordan Eberle and Ryan Smyth added helpers in the loss. Smyth now has 12 points in 13 games for the copper and blue.
Struggling, Swedish forward Magnus Paajarvi finally posted his point of the season after going 12 games with out a tally.
The Oilers will continue their 6 game road swing as they will face the infamous Montreal Canadiens next Tues in Montreal.