Martin Hanzal’s goal lifts Coyotes over the Edmonton Oilers 3-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Martin Hanzal scored the winning goal in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

The Coyotes, seeking to play playoff spoiler, kept the Oilers from gaining critical points in their chase of a Western Conference playoff spot. Edmonton lost its third straight while Phoenix won for the third time in five games.

Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist, and Ken Klee also scored for Phoenix.

Hanzal’s second-period tally stood up as the game-winner.

Ales Kotalik and Ales Hemsky netted Edmonton’s goals.

Kotalik scored his 16th of the season at 10:01 and Hemsky got the Oilers within 3-2 just 43 seconds later when he put a shot between the legs of defenceman Kurt Sauer and by Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead when Lombardi beat goalie Dwayne Roloson, who dropped to his knees, with a wrist shot to the far side just 3:42 into the game.

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Phoenix increased its lead with two goals just over three minutes apart in the second period.

Klee, a defenceman, scored his first of the season when he converted a centring pass from Nigel Dawes at 11:38. Hanzal made it 3-0 when he took a pass from Petr Prucha and scored his 11th of the season at 14:56.

Notes: Roloson started his 30th straight game, extending his team record. Lombardi’s goal was his third in his last four games with Phoenix. It was Lombardi’s second two-point game since the Coyotes acquired him from Calgary. Hemsky’s goal was his second in 12 games.