John Marshall, The Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Max Domi had a goal and an assist, Mike Smith stopped 27 shots and the Arizona Coyotes raced past the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 after a slow start Thursday night.
Edmonton played the night before, but had the early jump on Arizona, scoring in the opening 3 minutes.
The Coyotes didn’t stop once they got rolling and extended their point streak against the Oilers to 19 straight games (16-0-3), including six consecutive victories.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson got Arizona’s offence started with a goal in the first period and Shane Doan scored in the second. Stefan Elliott scored his first goal since joining the Coyotes and Domi put it away with his eighth of the season in the third.
Smith was sharp following a strong performance against Los Angeles on Tuesday night, overcoming Taylor Hall’s early goal with some spectacular saves.
Edmonton had struggled – six losses in eight games – before getting a lift Wednesday night with a 4-3 overtime victory at Anaheim.
Instead of being tired from playing the night before, the Oilers seemed energized by the road victory, jumping on the Coyotes at the start.
Not surprisingly, Leon Draisaitl got them going.
The German centre has been an offensive force since being called up from Bakersfield of the AHL, notching 10 points – four goals – in six games. He set up Edmonton’s first goal, slipping a slick pass on a give-and-go to Hall, who flipped a backhander past Smith for his seventh of the season.
The Coyotes gathered themselves after that, and Ekman-Larsson scored late in the first period on a shot Anders Nilsson had trouble seeing through Brad Richardson’s screen.
Doan scored in the second period on a power play, one-timing a pass out front from Domi after some nifty stickhandling by the rookie.
Elliott made it 3-1 late in the period, punching in a rebound after Nilsson couldn’t control a shot by John Scott.
Smith was sharp in the second period, making a couple of tough saves on a power play early, stopping Andrew Miller on two shots from point-blank range late.
Smith, who had 33 saves against the Kings, also had a tough glove save on Hall in the third, but wasn’t tested much the rest of the period.
Domi scored when he swiped a loose puck in front of Nilsson just ahead of Richardson next to him.
NOTES: Doan played game No. 1,410 to pass Paul Coffey and tie Norm Ullman for 31st on the NHL’s career list. … Oilers LW Benoit Pouliot did not play due to an illness. … Scott’s assist on Elliott’s goal was his first with Arizona.