January 31 2013 12:42PM

Well Yak City proved all his haters wrong last night showing all who cared to see that he can score with seconds left on the clock and keep from sliding across the ice in celebration. He stood there against the glass last night in Phoenix, having batted a puck out of the air with a little over a minute left on the clock in overtime, daring his team mates to come and hug him.

And hug him they did. Except Whitney who decided to punch out a Coyote.

Well played all around fellas.

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Aggression on the penalty kill

Jonathan Willis
January 31 2013 11:51AM

The game between the Oilers and Coyotes last night was the sort of game Jacques Lemaire would love – a “low event” affair. With goals in short supply, I wanted to highlight one penalty-killing sequence in the first period where Eric Belanger and Lennart Petrell successfully forced the Coyotes out of the Oilers end after losing a faceoff.

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The truth about the Oilers 5 vs. 5 play

Jason Strudwick
January 31 2013 09:21AM

With no training camp it looks to me that NHL teams are still disorganized in areas. Two areas that look out of sync for most of them are areas the Oilers are having success, the penalty kill and off the rush.

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Jason Gregor
January 31 2013 12:01AM

For the second time in six games Nail Yakupov came through with a huge goal for the Edmonton Oilers. Last Thursday he tied the game with 4.7 seconds remaining, and tonight he potted the winner from almost the identical spot on the ice and once again he batted the puck out of mid-air.

The kid loves the pressure, and now the Oilers have won two consecutive games for the first time this season.

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Jason Gregor
January 30 2013 12:26PM

The first stop on a three-game-in-three-and-a-half-days-road-trip is tonight in Phoenix, in front of 8,000-10,000 fans. The Coyotes might not be in Phoenix long-term, because the crowds only come in the playoffs, but they are here now and Dave Tippett always has them well prepared.

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