Phoenix 5, Edmonton 1

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA (TICKER) Daymond Langkow again helped lift the Phoenix Coyotes over the Edmonton Oilers.

Langkow recorded his second career hat trick and Zac Bierk made 38 saves as the Coyotes increased their winning streak to three games with a 5-1 victory over the Oilers.

Having scored just seven times in 48 games entering Friday, Langkow registered his first three-goal game since October 13, 2001 against Washington.

“I’ve struggled to put the puck in the net this year and it’s not for lack of chances,” Langkow said. “It was nice to finally cash in on a few tonight.”

In the only previous meeting between the teams this season, Langkow scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left in overtime as the Coyotes posted a 4-3 victory on December 30.

“I never thought I had played well against Edmonton, but this year it’s been good,” Langkow said. “I guess, sooner or later, you’ll have a good game against any team if you play them often enough. I’m just glad we’re going well and happy to contribute a little offense.”

Bierk has stopped 103-of-106 shots (.972 save percentage) during his current three-game winning run.

“He’s playing with confidence and that leads the team to play with confidence in front of him,” Coyotes coach Bob Francis said. “All he’s done is give us a chance to win hockey games. He’s on a roll right now, so we’re going to ride him as long as we can.”

Shane Doan collected three assists and Daniel Briere and defenseman Teppo Numminen added two apiece, while Mike Johnson netted a goal and set up another.

Numminen’s two-point performance moved him past Paul MacLean into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 519 points. The Coyotes’ captain trails only Dale Hawerchuk (929), Thomas Steen (817) and Keith Tkachuk (623).

Anson Carter scored his 20th goal of the season for the Oilers, who are 1-2-0-1 in their last four games.

The contest was scoreless and the Coyotes were shorthanded when Numminen broke up a centering pass and Doan released Langkow. The Edmonton native beat goaltender Tommy Salo high to the stick side to give Phoenix the lead just 5:52 into the contest.

“I had about 30 tickets tonight,” Langkow said. “I’m glad we don’t come here too often. It could get expensive after a while.”

The Coyotes owned a 2-0 advantage when Langkow flipped the puck into an open net after Doan’s shot from the right side was turned aside by Salo.

Just 23 seconds after Carter sliced Edmonton’s deficit to two at 4:48 of the third, Langkow got a pass behind the net, skated in front and completed his hat trick with a backhander.

“We played without emotion for two periods,” Oilers center Todd Marchant said. “When we finally got something going in the third, we scored a goal and we were thinking we had a little momentum, but they scored 30 seconds later. I made a mistake that led to their shorthanded goal in the first period and they never looked back from there.”

Phoenix has enjoyed strong goaltending since the start of 2003. Bierk, Jean-Marc Pelletier and Sean Burke have combined for a 1.54 goals-against average and .955 save percentage.

The Coyotes improved to .500 away from America West Arena this season (10-10-2-3).

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Goalie Team Shot Save
Zac Bierk Ari 39 38
Tommy Salo Col 21 16