March 17, 2019 / 5:10 AM / 6 months ago

Oilers beat Coyotes in OT to keep faint playoff hopes alive

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as the visiting Edmonton Oilers claimed a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., on Saturday night to keep his team’s flickering playoff hopes alive.

Mar 16, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk (17) celebrates with defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

McDavid cruised into the slot and took a pass from Oscar Klefbom before he lifted a top-shelf shot for his ninth game-winning goal of the season. He also collected an assist, which gives him 21 points in his last 11 outings (5-16-21). McDavid, has collected at least two points in his last seven games.

Goalie Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers (32-32-7), who are seven points back of a playoff spot with 11 games remaining.

The Coyotes (36-30-6) currently hold the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, and that single point was much needed for a squad that’s looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The teams traded goals in each of the first two periods, with the Oilers taking a lead both times only to see the Coyotes pull even.

McDavid opened the scoring with a short-handed tally 3:38 into the clash when he used his incredible speed on Oliver Ekman-Larsson to get a partial breakaway, cut to the net and lifted a forehand for his 35th goal of the season

Alex Galchenyuk made the most of Arizona’s next power play with 96 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Galchenyuk gained the puck at the right point, worked to the dot and ripped a top-corner shot home to make it a 1-1 game.

Matthew Benning’s third goal in as many games again put the Oilers ahead at 4:52 of the second period. Benning set up atop the left circle and fired a slap shot for his fifth goal of the year.

Galchenyuk again drew the hosts even 12 seconds later. After Nick Cousins drove to the net, Galchenyuk pounced on the loose puck for his 17th goal of the season

Arizona netminder Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves.

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