Garland scores 2 power-play goals, lifts Coyotes past Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland scored a pair of power-play goals, including one that went in off his face and left him bloodied, as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Saturday night.
Jordan Oesterle also scored for the Coyotes, who have won three straight.
Connor McDavid and Kris Russell scored for the Oilers, who have lost nine of 12.
The Oilers opened the scoring in the first period when McDavid fought off a pair of defenders and moved in on a breakaway, beating goalie Darcy Kuemper for his 27th goal of the season.
Arizona tied it up just over a minute into the second period as Oesterle beat Edmonton starter Cam Talbot. The goal survived a video review for a suspected offside.
The Oilers took a penalty for challenging that goal and the Coyotes made them pay.
Garland scored on a scary play as a point shot struck him in the face when he was in the crease and went into the net. Garland was bleeding heavily and taken to the dressing room. He returned to the game.
Edmonton tied it up with three minutes left in the second period as the puck came out front to Russell, who waited for Kuemper to go down and scored his second of the season.
Garland came back for the third period and got his second goal of the game on a power play as the puck caromed off his skate and into the net for his sixth goal in four games.
NOTES: The Coyotes have been riddled with injuries this season, coming into the game with 210 man-games lost to injury or illness. That’s the third-most in the NHL. Among those out for Saturday’s game included Christian Dvorak (upper body), Jason Demers (upper body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body) and Brad Richardson (upper body). … Centre Jordan Weal made his debut for Arizona after being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in a trade for defenseman Jacob Graves and a sixth-round pick.
Coyotes: Conclude a three-game road swing in Calgary on Sunday.
Oilers: Host Buffalo Sabres on Monday.