GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Keith Yandle figured he wouldn't sleep much on New Year's Eve. Not because of any celebration, but because of what's coming the next day: Team USA's Olympic roster announcement.
Yandle certainly bolstered his credentials for Sochi with the latest demonstration of his offensive abilities.
Yandle scored his second goal with 6.5 seconds showing on the overtime clock and set up Mikkel Boedker's tying goal with 70 seconds left in regulation, helping the Phoenix Coyotes rally for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
"It's something I take pride in, being a guy if you're down or if they need a goal, hopefully I can help out," Yandle said.
He certainly did in keying Phoenix's latest comeback effort.
Phoenix dominated most of the opening period, ripping off 15 more shots before the Oilers scored three goals in a little over seven minutes spanning the first and second periods.
Trailing 3-1, the Coyotes pulled goalie Thomas Greiss for an extra attacker, and Yandle worked a nifty give-and-go with Boedker for the tying goal in regulation. He topped that as overtime was about to end, fighting off a defender and gathering a bouncing puck to beat former teammate Ilya Bryzgalov.
Tim Kennedy also scored, and Greiss stopped 15 shots after replacing Mike Smith in the second period for Phoenix, which has earned a point in six straight games — all in overtime.
"We always talk about scratching and clawing," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "You've got to do everything you can to get points in the regular season to get yourself into the playoffs. Some are a little bigger character builders than others."
The Oilers came out flat in the first period, spending most of it nearly stationary as the Coyotes buzzed around.
Edmonton came out of the period tied at 1, thanks to some big saves by Bryzgalov, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' 11th goal.
The Oilers found their rhythm a little after that, getting goals from David Perron and Nick Schultz to go up 3-1.
But it all fell apart in the closing seconds of regulation and overtime, sending Edmonton to its eighth loss in 10 games. Taylor Hall had the primary assist on all three of Edmonton's goals.