Hinostroza nets shootout winner as Coyotes topple Oilers

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The Arizona Coyotes' confidence didn't waver after allowing a late goal.

The Arizona Coyotes moved within one point of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with a 3-2 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

The shootout lasted four rounds with Alex Galchenyuk and Hinostroza scoring for the Coyotes.

"I thought we played a pretty solid game other than the first 10 minutes of the second period when we let them come on a little too much", Draisaitl said. We obviously know we need to get rolling and string some wins together.

Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves through overtime - including seven in the extra frame - and stopped three of four Oilers in the shootout.

"They definitely pushed late and tied the game, but I think the urgency of the game allowed us to reset and to have a good overtime and big shootout".

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins forced overtime with his 19th goal of the season with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.

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"This is now six of seven games we've worked really hard and competed at a high level", Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said.

The Oilers have just two wins in their last 13 starts at Rogers Place and are on a five-game losing streak at home, during which they have been outscored 26-12. "We just have to keep fighting for points because you never know what happens at the end of the day". The Oilers controlled the puck in the offensive zone before working it to Larsson at the point, and he one-timed a slap shot that beat the screened Kuemper for his third goal of the season.

Adam Larsson pulled the hosts even, though, 3:27 into the third period. In 57 games so far this campaign, the 22-year-old has 31 goals and 52 assists for a team-leading 83 points.

Hinostroza put the Coyotes back in front with 9:23 to go.

The Oilers had consistent pressure late in the game and were able to tie it again.

After a scoreless first period, the Coyotes went ahead 7:12 into the second. Archibald was on the spot for the rebound and netted his eighth goal of the season. The team didn't win a lot (32-38-10, lost in the first round of the playoffs) but produced future National Hockey League player Charlie Huddy (plus Mark Messier for four games - he was being punished for sins as an National Hockey League rookie). They conclude the season series March 16 at Arizona. Oilers D Andrej Sekera made his season debut after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon during an offseason workout.

Following their tilt with the Coyotes, the Oilers will be back in action Thursday at home against the New York Islanders.

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