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EDMONTON Juuse Saros Jersey , Alberta (AP) goalless droughts came to an end on Monday night.Oscar Klefbom’s first goal in 34 games came in overtime, giving the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. It was Klefbom’s first goal since Dec. 9.”Obviously, I have had opportunities in a lot of games where I didn’t execute and finish,” Klefbom said of his fourth goal of the season, set up by Connor McDavid, after the Oilers surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period.”It was very nice to score the overtime winner. But we have to be smarter and better when we have leads like this. To be up by two goals here at home, it’s not good enough to end up in overtime.”Jujhar Khaira, Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi also scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game skid. Lucic’s goal was his first since Dec. 23 – a goalless streak that lasted 29 games.”I think it was pretty evident how frustrated I was,” he said. ”Slamming doors a bunch of times, breaking sticks, you name it. It was a tough stretch, that’s for sure.”It was nice to have one finally go in. It was one of those ones where you aren’t thinking and just shoot it as hard as you can and it finds a way in just inside the post.”Jason Demers, Christian Dvorak and Niklas Hjalmarsson replied for the Coyotes Kyle Turris Jersey , whose two-game winning streak ended.”I think we’re pretty resilient group and it’s good to know that if we’re down, we can always come back,” Dvorak said.Arizona got a bit of a break to get the game’s first goal 3 1/2 minutes into the first period when Demers’ passing attempt went off defender Kris Russell’s heel and caromed past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.Khaira’s short-handed goal tied it eight minutes into the game. He followed up a shot by Ryan Strome and tapped the rebound past Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper.The Oilers took the lead with 6:39 remaining in the first when Lucic scored on a slap shot for his 10th.Edmonton made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with three minutes to play in the first when Puljujarvi picked the top corner for his 11th of the season.The Coyotes pulled back within a goal just past the midpoint of the third period after an Edmonton giveaway allowed Dvorak to tuck in the puck from the doorstep.Arizona tied it with 4:39 left in the third as Hjalmarsson scored during a mad scramble to send the game to extra time. It was his first goal in 70 games, dating to Jan. 8, 2017.”I think since the new year we’ve been playing great,” Hjalmarsson said. ”We’ve been getting a lot of points and we’re just going to try to keep it going here with however many games are left.”NOTES: It was the last of four meetings between the teams this season, with Edmonton winning two of the previous three. … Oilers D Adam Larsson returned from attending his father’s funeral in Sweden, but was a healthy scratch with rookie Ethan Bear playing in his third NHL game. … Coyotes D Alex Goligoski did not make the trip, staying in Arizona with his wife, who is expecting the birth of their second child.UP NEXTCoyotes: At Vancouver on Wednesday.Oilers: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday.— NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — NHL goaltenders prepare for the unpredictable, ready for pucks deflecting off sticks, bodies, feet or a divot in the ice Youth Matt Irwin Jersey , past all the gear designed to help defend their net.The freaky, fluky or simply weird goals can be laughed off by goalies who know sometimes the puck just takes a funny bounce.The goals that eat at a goalie are those he believes he could’ve — and should’ve — stopped. Not the goal allowed by Dallas goalie Anton Khudobin where the puck bounced off a Nashville forward’s back and over the net before hitting the back of the goalie’s helmet, then off his back and into the net.“It stings anytime you give up a goal,” Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said Tuesday. “That kind of goal, there’s nothing really he could’ve done. It’s a freaky goal, and I feel like those things maybe happen once, twice in a season. But yeah, the ones that hurt the most as a goalie, it’s the ones that you feel like you should’ve had it.”Stick-handling in the NHL has improved right along with players’ speed and skating thanks to offseason workouts. That also has boosted the creativity for shooters looking to do a bit more than a simple slap shot, wrister or snap shot.“There’s a lot of talent in the league, more maybe so now than there has been in years past,” Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “These young guys coming up, everybody has their own skills coaches and things like that. There’s a lot of skills. I don’t doubt there’s more highlight-reel goals.”Goaltenders have to be ready for the next move dreamed up by the league’s stars to put the puck over the line. Scoring is up with the average number of goals scored per game increasing in each of the past four seasons, and the current average of 3.06 goals per game is on pace to be the highest since the 2005-06 season Womens Mattias Ekholm Jersey , according to Hockey-Reference.com .“Maybe it’s the skill of the players too, finding that one spot,” Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer said. “(Evgeny) Kuznetsov in Washington, he’s so sneaky in terms of what he wants to do and doesn’t want to do. He puts the puck in spots. Maybe you get a weird bounce, hit a guy’s shin pad or something like that.”The NHL also keeps downsizing goaltenders’ pads, most recently chest protectors . Grubauer sees teams also changing how they break out on offense, attacking faster and giving goalies less time.“Back in the days, you always used to go back and regroup and break out as a unit,” Grubauer said. “I feel like the last couple of years, it’s always like, (snaps fingers) and up (snaps fingers) and up.”Sometimes goalies get lucky, too.Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton appeared to be losing his balance Sunday in the first period against Winnipeg with Adam Lowry coming in on a short-handed breakaway. Hutton put his glove down at the exact moment Lowry tried to slip the puck between the goalie’s legs for the save.“You definitely get some fluky saves where you’re beat and a guy just hits you,” Hutton said.The Sabres goalie also recalls being on his goal line when the puck came up, rolled over the top of the net P.K Subban Jersey , hit his neck and went in. He had another puck slip past him on a penalty shot in December against Florida.“You make the initial save, and it lands on my pads sideways and just slowly rolls off,” Hutton said. “That’s one where if it’s during a game, a D-man’s probably there to stop it or that puck lands flat on my pad and doesn’t go in. It’s unfortunate that it lands sideways and rolls off my pad. So that’s one that I would say this year that’s been fluky.”There’s one goal so weird it’s called the Butt Goal.Defenseman Mark Pysyk, now with Florida, got his first goal of the 2013 season right before Christmas in overtime after jamming at the puck, sending it into the air and into the pants of Coyotes goalie Mike Smith who then backedinto his own net.“I didn’t think they would call it a goal, because I didn’t think they’d see it, but they did,” Pysyk said. “It was in his pants and he backed in. I think you could see me point at it. They counted it a little bit after, obviously, so I didn’t have a chance to celebrate normally. It was pretty funny.”SURPRISING ISLANDERSThe New York Islanders are atop the Metropolitan Division in coach Barry Trotz’s first season despite losing John Tavares last offseason to Toronto. They just snapped a three-game streak Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss in Buffalo but are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and remain second overall in the Eastern Conference.To Buffalo coach Phil Housley, credit Trotz for using the same philosophy and structure from coaching in Nashville and winning the Stanley Cup with Washington last summer.“I really had a pleasure to work with him for one year and learned a lot from him,” Housley said. “You can see he’s had success wherever he’s went.”RIVALRY SERIESThe best of women’s hockey are back at it this week with the United States and Canada playing each other in a rare three-game “Rivalry Series” that ends Sunday in Detroit at the home of the Red Wings. The U.S. beat Canada nearly a year ago for Olympic gold and then won a fourth straight Four Nations Cup title last November. Kendall Coyne Schofield will be the U.S. captain for the series Authentic Pekka Rinne Jersey Kids , which will be aired on NHL Network.“That’s something we’ve been fighting for, is more chances for us to play against Canada,” U.S. forward Dani Cameranesi said. “It’s not that often that we get to play at the highest level. We don’t really have that many chances for that, but for them all to be … on NHL Network too and for us to get coverage on that is a really big deal.”GAME OF THE WEEKThe Washington Capitals visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the NHL’s top 10 teams.LEADERS (after Tuesday games)Goals: Alex Ovechkin (Washington), 38; Assists: Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), 63; Points: Kucherov, 88; Ice time: Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), 26:45; Wins: Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas), 29; Goals-against average: Robin Lehner (N.Y. Islanders), 2.08; Save percentage: Robin Lehner, (N.Y. Islanders), .929.