Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/25/12
Mike Smith stopped 21 shots for his 10th straight victory and the streaking Phoenix Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Saturday to move into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ray Whitney and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who won their fifth straight to jump two points ahead of San Jose. The Sharks play at Nashville Saturday night. Martin Hanzal added two assists as Phoenix improved to 10-0-1 in February. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers, who lost for the first time in three games. Phoenix opened the scoring when a shot drifting wide of the net by Eckman-Larsson hit the leg of Edmonton's Jeff Petry and bounced past goalie Devan Dubnyk to make it 1-0 with just under 6 minutes left in the opening period. Edmonton caught a break of its own less than a minute later. Phoenix's Lauri Korpikoski attempted a wraparound and the puck remained sitting on the ice between Dubnyk's legs. Antoine Vermette poked it into the net, bu...
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