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Petr Sykora gets four points to help the Oilers pound Phoenix 5-2

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Linemates Ales Hemsky and rookie Patrick Thoresen also had big nights as each had three-point performances in the win. Shawn Horcoff and Jarrett Stoll added goals for the Oilers. Jeremy Roenick and Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes. The Oilers won their third in a row to go 5-0 on home ice this season and 6-2-0 overall. Phoenix meanwhile has now lost three straight and has a 2-7-0 record.

The Oilers were able to jump out to a 2-0 start just after 12 minutes into the first period, scoring two goals in 59 seconds.

Raffi Torres beat Phoenix starter Curtis Joseph with an easy tap-in after a perfect cross-ice pass from Thoresen. A minute later on the power play Jarrett Stoll ripped a slap shot from the point past Joseph for his first goal of the season.

Early in the second period Horcoff blasted a slap shot off the post and in to give Edmonton the three goal edge.

But Phoenix finally put one past Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson four minutes later as Ladislav Nagy hit Roenick with a pass as he charged the net. Roenick's first of the year broke a Coyotes string of 147 minutes and 50 seconds without a goal.

The Coyotes pulled back to within one on a second-period power play when Comrie batted a puck through Roloson's legs during a scramble in front of the Oiler net.

The Oilers had a flurry of solid chances in the final minute of the period but Joseph was able to keep the game 3-2 after two.

The Oilers regained their two-goal advantage in the third when Sykora blasted his sixth goal past Joseph to put Edmonton up 4-2.

Sykora would get his fourth point of the night on another Oiler power play, although it was Hemsky that did all the work, calmly circling around at the point before wristing a shot over the shoulder of Joseph to give Edmonton the 5-2 win.

The Coyotes take on the Flames in Calgary Tuesday night, while Edmonton starts a mini two-game road trip by travelling to Anaheim to face Chris Pronger and the Ducks on Wednesday.

Notes: The Coyotes 2-7-0 record is their worst start since moving from Winnipeg in 1996. . . . Former Oiler Georges Laraque returned to the Coyotes lineup after missing one game as a healthy scratch. In his seven previous starts this season he was minus-5 with zero points.



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