NHL Roundup: Coyotes force OT but can't find way to beat Edmonton

2013-01-31T00:00:00Z NHL Roundup: Coyotes force OT but can't find way to beat EdmontonThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Nail Yakupov scored a power-play goal at 3:52 of overtime and the Edmonton Oilers fought back after giving up a goal late in regulation to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 Wednesday night.

The Oilers appeared to be on their way to helping Devan Dubnyk to his fifth career shutout, but put their goalie in a bind when Sam Gagner was called for a penalty and the Coyotes pulled goalie Chad Johnson.

Nick Johnson took advantage, whipping a shot past Dubnyk's glove side with 19 seconds left in regulation after teammate Radim Vrbata failed on a backhander.

Yakupov ended it in overtime, punching in a rebound after a shot by Ales Hemsky caromed off teammate Taylor Hall.

Dubnyk stopped 27 shots and Lennart Petrell scored his first goal since Feb. 27, helping the Oilers end a five-game losing streak to Phoenix.

Johnson had 19 saves for Phoenix.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes found themselves in a familiar position: Wondering what will happen after the latest chapter in their ownership saga.

Since a new lease agreement with the city of Glendale was reworked in November, it appeared former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison would have no trouble buying the team from the NHL before a Jan. 31 deadline. Jamison told the Arizona Republic this week that he expected to have the deal done in time.

But on Wednesday, a league official told The Associated Press it was unlikely Jamison would have the money or investors he needs to purchase the team before today's midnight deadline, leaving the team in limbo yet again.

• Wild 3, Blackhawks 2, SO: In St. Paul, Minn., Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout as Minnesota handed Chicago its first loss in seven games this season.

Cullen's snap shot in the third round slipped between Corey Crawford's legs, and Patrick Sharp then hit the crossbar for Chicago. The Blackhawks and San Jose were the only teams to start 6-0 this year. The Wild improved to 4-1 at home.

• Canucks 3, Avalanche 0: In Vancouver, Roberto Luongo made 24 saves to lead Vancouver. Luongo, who has been on the trading block since Cory Schneider replaced him as Vancouver's No. 1 goaltender, was rarely tested but still made some big saves in his first win of the season and his 61st career shutout.

• Senators 5, Canadiens 1: In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season as Ottawa easily handled Montreal.

Jim O'Brien, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson had 31 saves in his 300th career game.

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