The Phoenix Coyotes nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After launching out to a 4-0 lead, the Coyotes allowed three Edmonton goals and played on their heels for the better part of the third period before finally getting the victory.

Throughout January the Coyotes have not gotten enough offensive production from their star players, but tonight was completely different. Mikkel Boedker opened the scoring at 14:17 thanks to a dazzling outlet pass from Antoine Vermette. Boedker's shot rang off the far post and bounced in behind Ilya Bryzgalov. Three minutes later, Radim Vrbata scored his first goal since December 27th against the Sharks on a power play tally. He was perfectly positioned in the slot to handle the centering pass from Martin Hanzal.

Already up 2-0, the blueline decided to get in on the fun. Derek Morris fired an absolute howitzer from the far point to make the score 3-0. A Mike Ribeiro tip-in at 3:00 in the second would round out the scoring for the Desert Dogs. And that's when things started going badly.

The Oilers, who had actually been putting up a considerable amount of shots, started getting pucks in the net. Matt Hendricks scored his first goal as an Edmonton Oiler on a Ryan Jones centering pass. The score would remain 4-1 until the third period, when Coyotes trade darling David Perron scored a nifty backhander at 1:50. Edmonton would pile on the pressure after that and hem Phoenix in their own end.

A bad clearing attempt by the Coyotes allowed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to bring the Oilers to within one. Despite Edmonton's pressure, Phoenix was good when it counted. Mike Smith made the saves he needed to make. More importantly, the Coyotes did not take any penalties down the stretch to give Edmonton free offensive time. The game would end 4-3, too close for comfort for most Coyotes fans.