Stepan scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Oilers 3-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes are off to an impressive start early in the season.
"I think our group has been doing that (grinding) all year, it's a big part of our group is our ability to bounce back, whether it be game to game or even in game," Stepan said of Arizona's mental resilience after the Oilers tied it up late. "Maybe when we don't have our 'A' stuff, we're able to have a push back within a few minutes."
"It was not a great start, them scoring right away, but back-to-backs you have to rely on all the lines and everyone was contributing and that's a really tough line to play against and they have last change," said Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, who made 26 saves. "I thought everyone, whoever was out there did a great job."
"We know we could have been a little bit better at the beginning of the game, but we found a way to get that second goal in the third," said Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse. "Sure, we've been doing it a little too often where we have to find ways at the end of the game to win or force overtime, but over the course of 82 games it's going to happen. It just so happens that it happened in a cluster at the beginning of the year."
The Oilers only needed 91 seconds to get on the scoreboard as McDavid had a highlight-reel goal, moving past defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and blowing past Kuemper to record his seventh goal of the season.
Grabner beat Koskinen stick side with a wrist shot to tie the game 1-1 3:30 into the first.
Soderberg took advantage of a turnover by Edmonton defender Joel Persson to make it 2-1 for the Coyotes at about the midway mark of the second, beating Koskinen high to the glove side.
Haas tied it with 4:41 left in the third period. He tipped a shot by Matt Benning past Kuemper for his first career NHL goal, forcing overtime.
"It's good that we score this goal, and we get a point," said the 27-year-old Swiss center, playing his first season in the NHL. "Maybe in the end it's the point we need. I think it's a good point."
NOTES: It was the first of four meetings between the Pacific Division rivals, with each team winning both road games last year. ... Edmonton has struggled with the Coyotes for quite some time, coming into the game with just seven wins in regulation against Arizona in their last 45 games. .. Kuemper entered the game having only allowed three goals on one occasion out of nine games this season. .. It was Oilers head coach Dave Tippett's first game against his old Coyotes squad. He coached Arizona for eight seasons (2009-10 to 2016-17). ... Alex Chiasson got an opportunity on the top line with Draisaitl and McDavid in an attempt to jumpstart his production. But, he was replaced by Sam Gagner as the game went on.
Coyotes: At Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Oilers: Host defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.