Coyotes lose 7th straight road game, downed by Oilers 5-3

EDMONTON, Alberta — Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid both had a goal and two assists, helping the Edmonton Oilers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead when he chipped the puck under the pads of Adin Hill with a second left in the first period.

McDavid, who has 37 points in 35 games, was originally credited with the goal, but Paul Byron asked the Oilers’ replay office for a review to determine if he interfered with Hill and referee Steve Kozari used a blue dot to confirm the call.

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Phoenix defenseman Alex Goligoski was not so lucky.

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Jujhar Khaira and Mark Letestu also scored for the Oilers, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday with a loss to Calgary. Mikko Koskinen stopped 33 shots.

Christian Fischer, Nick Cousins and Brendan Perlini scored for the Coyotes, who have lost seven of eight (2-5-2). Hill made 25 saves.

With the Oilers leading 2-1 midway through the second period, Draisaitl made it 3-1 when he redirected a pass by Kris Russell past Hill.

Arizona’s top line of Christian Fischer, Anthony Duclair and Brad Richardson missed a wide-open net behind the net just under eight minutes later as Edmonton defenseman Yohann Auvitu and the Coyotes’ Alex Goligoski entered the crease at the same time and the puck squirted out into the slot.

Taylor Hall almost made it 4-1 just after halftime, but he hit the post and Goligoski came crashing down to clip a goal post with a knee as Edmonton tried to regain control.

Draisaitl connected again to make it 5-1, faking out Cousins and scoring with a wrist shot from the slot.

Arizona crept back into the game with a pair of goals four minutes apart.

Perlini jumped on a rebound in front to cut the deficit to 5-3 and then Fischer beat Koskinen from the top of the right circle with a backhand on a power play.

The Coyotes have failed to win a regulation road game in eight games.

NOTES: The Coyotes signed former Washington Capitals forward John Carlson to a five-year contract extension worth $35 million in July. Carlson, who was drafted second overall in 2011, will make $7.3 million next season and $9.8 million each of the next five seasons. … Oilers RW Kyle Brodziak returned to Edmonton after he spent last season with the St. Louis Blues. … New Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet tried out a variety of different combinations during the game.


Coyotes: Home against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in the first of a four-game homestand.

Oilers: Host the Boston Bruins on Saturday in the second of a three-game homestand.

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