Oilers honor Anderson, defeat Coyotes

PA Stats Inc
Dec 23, 2008
The Hockey News

Oilers honor Anderson, defeat Coyotes

PA Stats Inc
Dec 23, 2008

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- While all the Edmonton Oilers had
Glenn Anderson's number on their jersey, it was Dustin Penner
that did what No. 9 did best.

Penner netted the game-winner and set up another goal Sunday
night, lifting the Oilers to a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix
Coyotes on Sunday.

"These winning goals like the one I had tonight aren't the same
as true winning goals," Penner said of his team-leading fifth
game-winning goal this season.

"When you get it in the second period like that, it means
something different than if you score it in overtime or late.
But nonetheless, it was a game-winning goal and a great shift by
the five guys on the ice."

Captain Ethan Moreau notched his first career hat trick, Ales
Hemsky scored two goals and Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves for
Edmonton, which has won four of its last five contests.

"It was a great night," Moreau said. "We really wanted to do
our part on Glenn Anderson night and I feel we did that. We did
some important things in that game."

"Everyone was going crazy, including the coaches. It was great
to see," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said of Moreau's hat
trick. "All the fans were anticipating that. It was very
appropriate that it was Steve (Staios), who dusted it off to get
it over to him for the hat trick. We haven't had an energetic
game like that all year, where everyone leaves feeling great
about themselves."

Andrew Cogliano had three assists while defensemen Tom Gilbert
and Steve Staois each added two for the Oilers, who honored
Anderson before the game - raising the Hall of Famer's No. 9
jersey to the rafters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton players wore Anderson's number on the front of their
jerseys as well.

But it was Penner that provided the best impression of Anderson,
who scored 102 game-winning goals - including 17 in the
playoffs- during his legendary career.

"I thought the ceremony was very appropriate for 'Andy',"
MacTavish said.

After the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the
contest at 3-3, Penner took a centering pass from Shawn Horcoff
and fired a quick shot past Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
with 7:59 left in the second period.

Hemsky scored with 98 seconds to play and Moreau added an
empty-netter with less than one tick left to seal the victory.

Blue-liner Keith Yandle, Daniel Carcillo and Peter Mueller each
had a goal for the Coyotes, who had won four of their previous
five games.

"I thought as a team we played pretty well tonight," Phoenix
coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We're playing against a team in a
similar situation (in the standings) that we're in. We knew
that it was a big night for their organization and their players
are going to feed off of that and they played well tonight, but
I thought our team played well too."

Playing in his 49th NHL game, Steven Goertzen collected his
first career points with two assists. Rookie Kyle Turris also
had a pair of assists and Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots for
Phoenix, which wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0

"We had a chance to really improve in the standings and get six
points away from (the Oilers)," Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski
said. "Are we happy with (the road trip)? No, it's a .500
trip. We'll take it, but I think we left some points out

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