Edmonton Oilers strike early and often on way to win over Coyotes

Riley Sheahan had a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers topped the Arizona Coyotes 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Rogers Place.

It’s the first four-point game of Sheahan’s career.

The Oilers took the lead on a shorthanded goal by Josh Archibald 3:56 into the game. Archibald twisted past Oliver Ekman-Larsson then beat Antii Raanta on a forehand deke.

Sam Gagner banged in a puck from the side of the net to put the Oilers up 2-0. Still in the first, Raanta made a save on Kailer Yamamoto, but then knocked the puck into his own net when he tried to cover the rebound.

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The Oilers stretched it to 5-0 with goals in the first five minutes of the second. Connor McDavid beat Raanta up high on the power play, then Joakim Nygard floated in a long wrist shot. That gave the Oilers five goals on ten shots before the game was 25 minutes old.

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The Coyotes came back with goals from Taylor Hall and Christian Dvorak.

McDavid made it 6-2 when he chipped in a pass from Josh Archibald late in the second.

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Derek Stepan beat Mike Smith on a three-on-one six minutes into the third, but the goal was disallowed after the Oilers challenged the play. Video review showed Clayton Keller was offside. Ekman-Larsson picked the top corner for a power play marker with 8:48 left. Sheahan added an empty netter with 3:46 left.

Smith made 27 saves to win his fifth straight start. Archibald had a goal and two assists.

The Oilers, 26-18-5, now get a break for their bye week and the All-Star Game. They’ll host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, January 29th.

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