Coffey and doughnut

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

A nostalgic trip down memory lane to mark the retirement of Paul Coffey's No. 7 silks had fans at Rexall Place feeling farm and fuzzy last night, but a reprisal of some recent history by the Edmonton Oilers sent the faithful to the parking lot cold.

With Coffey's linen lifted before a fourth straight sellout at home, the Oilers tossed out the welcome mat for Wayne Gretzky on his first visit as a head coach by handing the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-0 lead -- the fourth time in the last five games they've spotted the opposition a deuce -- on the way to a 4-3 overtime loss and their fourth straight defeat.

That spoiled the mood in a hurry.

'WEAK EFFORT BY EVERYBODY'

"That was the worst start we've had all year and we're coming off three pretty tough starts," coach Craig MacTavish said. "The energy wasn't there from the outset ... we've got to have more going than that. It was a weak effort by everybody."

The Coyotes had just two wins to show for the last 14 times they'd come calling when Coffey's jersey went up and the puck dropped, but they got a pair of goals from Oleg Saprykin in the first period, another by Shane Doan in the third, 27 saves from Curtis Joseph and the winner by Derek Morris a minute into overtime to complete a two-game sweep in Alberta.

Joseph wasn't the only former Oiler to grab a share of the storyline on Coffey's night -- Mike Comrie was booed whenever he touched the puck, Boyd Devereaux helped set up Saprykin's 1-0 goal and Petr Nedved had helpers on Doan's 3-1 goal and the winner by Morris.

"It was a great experience to be a part of," Jarret Stoll said of the ceremony for Coffey. "We should have used that to our advantage and picked our game up. It's something we needed.

"You look at our last three or four starts and we're home for two days, it's a great situation for us to get going. There's no reason for us not to be jumping at the start."

Saprykin tucked a backhand top shelf on Jussi Markkanen 11:25 into the game to open the scoring and finish off a tidy three-way passing play with Fredrik Sjostrom and Devereaux and made it 2-0 just over two minutes later, converting a Mike Leclerc feed. Outshot 15-6, the Oilers were lucky to be that close through 20 minutes.

"Coming out the way we have the last few games is, obviously, not what we want," said Marty Reasoner, who got the Oilers to overtime with the 3-3 goal. "We expect a lot more from ourselves, especially on such a high-energy night."

Having emerged for the second period with considerably more gusto than how they started the game -- less is not possible -- the Oilers cut it to 2-1 when Igor Ulanov sifted a wrist shot past Joseph from the high slot.

OILERS ROARED BACK

Down by two goals a second time when Doan made it 3-1, the Oilers roared back.

Michael Peca cut it to 3-2 with his first goal as an Oiler when he jammed a rebound past Joseph -- Marc-Andre Bergeron did the work with a coast-to-cast rush in fine Coffey form -- then Reasoner tied it with less than 13 minutes to play when he re-directed an Ulanov point shot with the Oilers on a power play.

Morris settled it when he took a pass from Nedved, double-clutched at the top of the circles and beat Markkanen through traffic.

"There's no excuses for it happening," Peca said of another bad start. "We know we're better than the way we've played the last little bit."

AROUND THE RINK: Chris Pronger played 4:17 in one stretch during the second period ... Reasoner's goal was his 100th NHL point ... Ryan Smyth will give his sprained knee a twirl this morning at Millennium Place.


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