Edmonton Oilers find way to lose to Coyotes

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) tries to get a shot off while being defended by...

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) tries to get a shot off while being defended by Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) and goalie Thomas Greiss during NHL action at Jobing.com Arena Dec. 31, 2013. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Robert Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - There were parts of this game that defied logic and explanation.

Except for the end, where the better team won and the Edmonton Oilers found a way to lose.

But everything between the opening faceoff and Keith Yandle’s winner with 6.5 seconds left in overtime, it was all kinds of strange.

It was a sellout, for starters, not exactly an everyday occurrence in Phoenix, and it just got weirder and weirder after that.

The Oilers were outshot 21-6 in the first period and came out of it 1-1.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who practically owns Edmonton ( 7-1-1 coming in) lasted 26 minutes before getting yanked.

Ilya Bryzgalov kept Edmonton in the game in the first period, then kept Phoenix in the game in the second.

And the Coyotes, 14-2-2 against Edmonton since 2009, had to play catch-up all night long.

But they caught up, on Mikkel Boedker’s goal with 1:10 left in regulation to send it to overtime, where Yandle put a butterfly over Ilya Bryzgalo


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