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Coyotes get blown out by Oilers despite return of Antti Raanta

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta (32) makes a save on Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Riley Sheahan had a goal and three assists and Connor McDavid scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers rode a strong start to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Josh Archibald, Sam Gagner, Kailer Yamamoto and Joakim Nygard also scored for the Oilers (26-18-5) who have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight games.

Taylor Hall, Christian Dvorak and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes (26-20-5) who have lost five of six.

Archibald was sprung on a short-handed breakaway just four minutes into the first period and sent his sixth goal of the season through the legs of Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta.

Edmonton made it 2-0 with six minutes left when Sheahan hooked a puck from behind the net to Gagner, who banked a shot from in tight at the side of the net off Raanta’s skate and in for just his second goal of the season.

The Oilers added to their lead with four minutes left in the first as Raanta accidentally nudged the puck into his own net during a frantic scramble, with the goal credited to Yamamoto.

Edmonton kept coming to start the second period with a power-play goal one minute into it when McDavid snuck a shot past the Arizona netminder.

The Oilers made it 5-0 five minutes into the middle period as Sheahan picked up his third assist of the game, stealing a puck and sending it to Nygard, who scored on a long shot.

Arizona responded shortly afterward as Hall scored his 13th of the year, beating Oilers goalie Mike Smith through a screen.

The Coyotes got another one back nine minutes into the second when Dvorak chipped in a rebound on a power play.

A burst of speed by McDavid with four minutes left in the second allowed him to deflect an Archibald pass into the net for his second of the game and 27th goal of the season

Arizona made it 6-3 with a power-play goal 11 minutes into the third as Ekman-Larsson hit the top corner of the net.

The Coyotes pulled their goalie early and the Oilers took advantage with just under four minutes left on a goal by Sheahan.

NOTES

Ranta missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury. Arizona is off for 10 days during the All-Star break.

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The Coyotes travel to Anaheim on Jan. 29.


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