Before the game Coyotes defensemen Keith Yandle was all smiles, after he was wondering how his team gave up a two-goal lead to lose to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 with :20 seconds left in regulation.
At the 19:38 mark of the third period Oilers forward Dustin Penner beat Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to cap off the Oilers comeback and give the Yotes their fourth straight loss at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes took a two-goal lead early in the second period when Kyle Turris buried his eight of the season on a great pass from forward Ray Whitney.
“My goal was just a great play by Yans (Yandle) and Whit (Whitney) to bring the puck up and I just caught the goalie sliding across over the glove,” said Turris.
After that goal it seemed as though all the momentum shifted over to the Oilers. Edmonton went on to score the next three goals of the game and out-shot the Coyotes 12-8 in the third period.
“We turned over so many pucks,” said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. “The third goal, it’s a simple play that we turned it over at the blue line, didn’t defend very well. Defending is hard work. It’s commitment, attention to detail, and when you’re not focused in the game, you don’t do a very good job at it and that’s a perfect example right down to the last goal.”
Before the game Yandle, was chosen as an All-Star replacement in the 2011 All-Star game, which will take place this Sunday January 30, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I was pretty surprised and pretty happy when Donnie (GM Don Maloney) told me after the morning skate,” said Yandle. “I was pretty surprised to know that someone had backed out and I was pretty excited.”
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