January 31, 2013
Yakupov overtime hero as Oilers beat Coyotes
By Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun

Ryan Smyth tries a wraparound shot on Coyotes goaltender Chad Johnson Wednesday in Phoenix. (Reuters)

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - In the cartoons, Roadrunners beat Coyotes like rock beat scissors.

Real life is another story, a seemingly endless parade of boring losses.

But after years of being driven into a frustrated mess of confusion by a pesky Phoenix team, the speedy Edmonton Oilers finally got one over on the dogs.

The 2-1 victory wasn’t easy, the Oilers gave up the tying goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, but Nail Yakupov’s overtime winner gave them just their third win over Phoenix in the last 13 games.

Having already broken through one glass ceiling this season, beating Vancouver in Vancouver, the Oilers next trick was to show they could win one of those ugly games where the goals aren’t coming, the power play isn’t clicking and nothing is easy.

In short, a typical game with Phoenix.

They got it done, playing a relatively patient and largely uneventful road game that only a coach could love.