Jordan Eberle scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday afternoon.
Sam Gagner also scored in the shootout and Teemu Hartikainen had the other goal in regulation for the Oilers (7-7-3), who rallied back from a two-goal deficit to close out their five-game home stand 2-3.
Kyle Chipchura and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes (8-6-3), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith was excellent with 41 saves, but couldn't stop Eberle and Gagner in the shootout.
The Coyotes started the scoring after some prolonged pressure just over five minutes into the game. Chipchura shoveled a shot towards the net that just trickled across the goal line before Oilers starter Nikolai Khabibulin could reach back to glove it to safety.
Edmonton had a couple of opportunities to tie the game up late in the first, both shorthanded. Eric Belanger and then Gagner were able to break loose on breakaways, but both were stoned by Smith.
The Oilers came close again five minutes into the second frame as Ryan Jones lifted a rebound over Smith, only to see defenceman Keith Yandle swoop in and glove it out of harm's way
The Oilers now head out on their longest road trip of the season. It's a 9 game trip that starts Monday in Chicago. (The Canadian Press/rp)