Coyotes fail to gain ground in wild-card race with OT loss to Oilers

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game recapby
Alan Robinson

/ Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Connor McDavid kept the Arizona Coyotes from gaining in their wild card race by scoring his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 win at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona (36-31-5), which lost for the third time in 13 games, and the second time in its past 10 home games. The Coyotes lead the Minnesota Wild by two points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and trail the Dallas Stars by one point for the first wild card. The Wild defeated the New York Rangers 5-2.

McDavid scored his third game-winner in overtime this season for Edmonton (32-32-7), which is 8-3-1 in its past 12 games and trails Arizona by seven points.

He won it for the Oilers with a wrist shot from the slot after a pass from Oscar Klefbom, who carried the puck in from the Coyotes blue line.

McDavid scored his 35th goal of the season and first shorthanded at 3:38 of the first on a breakaway.

Galchenyuk tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 18:24 of the first, a wrist shot from the right circle. Conor Garland screened Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen, who made 28 saves.

Matt Benning scored for the third consecutive game and gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead at 4:52 of the second with a slap shot from the left circle.

Galchenyuk tied the game 12 seconds later at 5:04 when he put in a rebound of Nick Cousins’ shot to make it 2-2 after Andrej Sekera turned the puck over to Garland in the neutral zone.

Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Coyotes; it was his third loss in 14 games (11-2-1).

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