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Coyotes rally from two-goal deficit to beat Oilers 3-2

EDMONTON -- Ray Whitney scored in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Sunday night.

Raffi Torres also scored for the Coyotes who leapt past Los Angeles, San Jose, and Colorado into the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett earned his 400th career victory with the win.

Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky replied for the Oilers (28-36-8) who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

One game after star forward Taylor Hall was leveled by a hit that left him with a concussion, it looked like another young Oiler was about to join him on the shelf.

Phoenix defenceman Rostislav Klesla ran Jordan Eberle head first into the boards behind the net five minutes into the game. No call was made, infuriating head coach Tom Renney, however Eberle was not injured on the play.

There were few quality chances in the scoreless first period. Phoenix had 12 shots on Edmonton starter Devan Dubnyk while the Oilers had nine shots on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

The Oilers broke the scoreless deadlock seven minutes into the second period when Ryan Jones picked off a pass by Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the Phoenix zone and dished it to a hard-charging Eberle for his 32nd goal of the season and 70th point.

Edmonton then made it a 2-0 game just 34 seconds later as Hemsky tipped a Jeff Petry shot and then chipped the rebound past Smith.

Dubnyk kept the Coyotes off the board with a series of big saves to close out the second period and a breakaway stop on Lauri Korpikoski to start the third.

The Coyotes finally got one past Dubnyk eight minutes into the third period as Whitney was able to send a puck off the post and in during a scramble in front of the Edmonton net.

Phoenix then tied the game with just 2:23 remaining as they got away on an odd-man rush and Torres beat Dubnyk up high with a quick snapspot.

The Coyotes were given a glorious chance to win it in overtime as Keith Yandle was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked on a breakaway by Shawn Horcoff, but Dubnyk was able to make the stop to send the game to the shootout.

Notes: It was the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. Phoenix earned its first season sweep of the Oilers in franchise history.... Phoenix came into the match the winners of nine of their last 10 against Edmonton.. The Coyotes put themselves into the thick of the Western Conference race with an 11-0-1 run in February before losing their first five games in March... Oilers forward Taylor Hall missed the game with a concussion suffered on Friday when he was hit by Calgary Flames defenceman Cory Sarich. However, the outlook is good and Hall is not expected to be out for long... Also out for Edmonton was Ben Eager with a sore back... Returning to the Phoenix lineup were Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Radim Vrbata (illness), Defenceman Adrian Aucoin (lower body) remains out day-to-day. Forward Kyle Chipchura (upper body) has now been cleared for contact and could return next week.


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