Oilers can't battle back from four-goal deficit

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal gets taken down in front of the Oilers net during the second period...

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal gets taken down in front of the Oilers net during the second period of Friday's game in Edmonton. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers continue to be the cure for what ails anyone they play.

Three days after the slumping Vancouver Canucks ended their drought with a visit to Edmonton, the Phoenix Coyotes got their game back on track at the Oilers expense.

The Oilers made them work for it, rising from the ashes of a 4-0 deficit to make it 4-3 late with the goalie pulled, but that’s where it ended.

The Coyotes were running through some rough waters before arriving in Edmonton, having lost seven of 10 games (0-3-2 in their last previous five road games), to fall out of a Western Conference wildcard spot and into ninth place, five points out.

Then they dropped the puck. Three goals in four minutes late in the first period and one more early in the second and suddenly everything was good again.

At least for Phoenix. For the Oilers, it was their sixth loss in a row and 11th loss in the last 13 games. They remain last in the West and 29th in the NHL at 15-32-6.


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