Darnell Nurse comes to Edmonton Oilers aid in 4-2 win over Coyotes

 

 
 
 
 
Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates with Leon Draisaitl #29 and Patrick Maroon #19 after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 4-2.
 

Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates with Leon Draisaitl #29 and Patrick Maroon #19 after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 4-2.

Photograph by: Christian Petersen, Edmonton Journal

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Desperate to stop the bleeding since the Christmas break, the Edmonton Oilers called on their Nurse to slap a band-aid on their, “death by 2,000 cuts season” Friday but it was still hold-your-breath time against the NHL’s worst team.

The Oilers were down two to Arizona Coyotes before the game was barely three minutes gone, as Brad Richardson and Josh Archibald got shots past Oilers starter Cam Talbot before he exited for backup Al Montoya.

Then Darnell Nurse ripped two long slappers past Antti Raanta’s glove and Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (empty net) got the others in a 4-2 win.

“As we’ve said a few times, the belief system in here is obviously being put the test with our record and where we are right now,” said Nurse, whose two goals gave him three in the last three of this five-game road trip which ends in Vegas Saturday.

After going 0,0,1,1,1, 1 in their last six games with the only forward goals coming from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl along with Nurse and fellow D-man Kris Russell (five losses and a win against Anaheim), they managed the two from Maroon and RNH. But Nurse was their biggest weapon, with help from his housemate McDavid, who was dancing all night long and had two assists.

And Montoya came in to hold the fort, stopping all 19 of his shots. After the morning skate, Oiler coach Todd McLellan had said; “Talbs is our guy” when asked if he would considered starting Montoya for the first time since they got him from Montreal in a trade for a draft pick. But Talbot was gone after 197 seconds, giving up two goals in threes shots.

Richardson tapped in a rebound after Jeff Chychrun’s initial 50-footer hit the post on the Coyotes’ first shot at 2:03, then Archibald sliced by Oscar Klefbom to beat Talbot a minute later to send the No. 1 guy to the bench—the fifth time Talbot has been hooked this season (Vancouver, Ottawa, St. Louis, Dallas and here).

Both of Nurse’s goals were carbon-copy, lots of time and room slappers. Maroon got free from Oliver Ekman-Larsson for his first goal since Dec. 18 against San Jose.

 
 
 
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Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates with Leon Draisaitl #29 and Patrick Maroon #19 after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 4-2.
 

Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates with Leon Draisaitl #29 and Patrick Maroon #19 after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 12, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 4-2.

Photograph by: Christian Petersen, Edmonton Journal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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