Boedker, Dubnyk lead the Coyotes over Oilers 2-1
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Mikkel Boedker scored the game winner as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Sunday night.
Brandon Gormley also scored for the Coyotes (8-9-1) who have put together back-to-back victories after dropping three in a row.
Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers (6-10-2), who have lost three straight and have yet to beat a Western Conference opponent this season, falling to 0-8-1 in the conference. Twenty of Edmonton's next 23 games are against the West.
The best early scoring opportunity came with 7:30 remaining in the first period when Oilers' center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins nearly had a short-handed breakaway. Coyotes' goalie Devan Dubnyk came out of his net to knock the puck away. Dubnyk stopped 33 shots for the win while Ben Scrivens made 26 saves for the Oilers.
Arizona capitalized on the same power play just over a minute later as Gormley fired a shot from the top of the circle through traffic and past Scrivens. It was Gormley's first NHL goal.
Edmonton outshot the Coyotes 15-8 through 20 minutes.
The Coyotes had a chance to add to their lead late in the second period on a two-man advantage after Scrivens was charged with a delay of game penalty. But Edmonton didn't allow them to score.
The Oilers outshot the Coyotes 25-16 after the second period with Arizona blocking 14.
The Coyotes went up 2-0 with seven minutes left in the third as Edmonton had trouble clearing the zone. Antoine Vermette was able to send it in front to Boedker, who beat Scrivens stick-side for his seventh goal of the season and fourth in two games against the Oilers this year.
Edmonton broke Dubnyk's shutout bid a minute later on the power play as Jordan Eberle put a pass through traffic to Hall out front to score his seventh goal of the season.
The Oilers had a chance to tie the game with Justin Schultz looking at an empty net, but Martin Erat deflected the shot.
The Coyotes return home for one game against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday before heading out on the road for three games. The Oilers play the third game of a five-game home stand on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks.
Notes: It was the second of five games between the Oilers and Coyotes this season. Arizona won the first encounter 7-4 on Oct. 15 The Coyotes entered the game on a 14-game point streak against the Oilers. That ties a team record for the longest point streak against the same opponent in franchise history. The Coyotes last lost in regulation to Edmonton on Jan. 25, 2011... Hall returned to the Oilers lineup after being out the past six games with a strained knee...The game marked the return of a couple of former Oilers for the first time as Dubnyk, their starting goalie from last season, made his first appearance against Edmonton since being traded from the club last January. Dubnyk came into the game with a 3-0-1 record and fresh off a shutout win over the Canucks. Coyotes forward Sam Gagner, who was dealt over the summer by the Oilers, also played his first game against the team he spent his first seven seasons in the NHL with...Arizona forward David Moss was out with an upper body injury...The Oilers were completely healthy for the first time this season... It was Oilers' head coach Dallas Eakins' 100th career game behind the bench. His record is 35-54-11.