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Matias Maccelli scores in OT as Coyotes beat Oilers 3-2 after learning of expected move to Utah

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Matias Maccelli scored 1:35 into overtime and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night after being informed of the team’s expected move to Utah.

Josh Doan had a goal and an assist, and Logan Cooley also scored to help the Coyotes get their fourth win in five games. Karel Vejmelka stopped 37 shots.

“I think we played rock solid, they had a push and I think we held on, our goalie made some good saves,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “I think we battled. The guys are unbelievable because they kept their focus. … There was a moment at the end of the second period where you think that was a bit of shinny hockey, but other than that, we played rock solid in terms of structure and focus. I’m really impressed by the boys.”

Adam Henrique and Darnell Nurse scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game winning streak. Calvin Pickard finished with 25 saves.

Edmonton, playing without star forward Connor McDavid (lower-body injury), pulled to three points behind Pacific Division-leading Vancouver, and clinched at least second place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“That is nice, but you want that second point,” Henrique said. “We didn’t have the best start. We still had opportunities to score, but couldn’t find a way to get the lead.”

Before the game, Coyotes players were told of the team’s potential relocation after 28 years in Arizona.

No Coyotes players were made available to media after the game. Tourigny refused to comment on reports about the relocation.

In the extra period, Maccelli picked the top corner on Pickard, who made a couple of huge stops a minute earlier. It was Maccelli’s 15th of the season.

“I think our guys are showing how proud they are and how much they care for each other and how much they want to have success together,” Tourigny said. “It’s cool to feel that, it’s cool to see them cheering each other, pushing in the same direction like that. I think it’s a great feeling.”

Arizona started the scoring 5:20 into the opening period as Pickard kicked out a huge rebound on a shot by Jack McBain and Doan was quick to pounce on it and record his fourth of the season.

Pickard was strong in net to keep it a one-goal game through 20 minutes as his team was outplayed in the first period. The Oilers did have a few high-quality opportunities, including Evander Kane hitting a post behind Vejmelka midway through the opening period.

Edmonton pulled even 1:49 into the second as the rebound from Kane’s backhander came to Henrique parked in front and he slid his 23rd through Vejmelka’s legs.

The Coyotes regained the lead at 5:37 as Pickard allowed a big bounce on the initial shot of a 4-on-2 chance, allowing Cooley to bat home his 20th. Cooley joined Chicago’s Connor Bedard as the only players aged 19 or younger to have 20 goals this season.

The Oilers tied it up again just 1:12 into the third as Nurse’s point shot found its way through a ton of traffic in front for his 10th.

McDavid, one assist shy of becoming the fourth player in NHL history to have at least 100, is considered day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: At Calgary on Sunday to finish a five-game trip and complete their road schedule.

Oilers: Host Vancouver on Saturday night in the third of a four-game homestand.

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STARS OF THE GAME

Coyotes

Oilers

SKATERSGA+/-SOG
J. Brown D0010
M. Carcone LW0000
L. Cooley C10-13
L. Crouse LW00-20
J. Doan RW1122
S. Durzi D01-15
D. Guenther RW00-12
J. Jenik RW0000
C. Keller C0006
A. Kerfoot C0000
M. Kesselring D0121
V. Kolyachonok D0000
M. Maccelli LW1122
J. McBain C0111
J. Moser D00-21
L. O’Brien LW0000
N. Schmaltz C0114
J. Valimaki D0011
SKATERSGA+/-SOG
E. Bouchard D00-13
C. Brown C0002
V. Desharnais D0000
L. Draisaitl C0002
M. Ekholm D00-22
W. Foegele LW0113
A. Henrique C1003
D. Holloway C00-11
Z. Hyman C00-13
M. Janmark C0000
E. Kane LW0213
B. Kulak D00-14
R. McLeod C00-10
R. Nugent-Hopkins C0006
D. Nurse D1013
C. Perry RW00-11
D. Ryan C0002
T. Stecher D0122
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
K. Vejmelka402380.95061:35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Pickard283250.89361:30