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NHL: Phoenix 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)

March 18, 2012 at 11:38 PM

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 18 (UPI) -- Ray Whitney capped a Phoenix rally with a shootout game-winner Sunday, completing a 3-2 Coyotes comeback victory over Edmonton.

Whitney also started the rally when he scored an unassisted goal 8 minutes into the final period, cutting Phoenix's deficit to 2-1.

Raffi Torres then scored the equalizer with 2:23 left, forcing a scoreless overtime and then the shootout.

Whitney's backhander past Devan Dubnyk in the third round of the tiebreaker gave the advantage to the Coyotes, and Mike Smith made it hold up with a final save on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Smith finished with 36 saves for Phoenix, which vaulted into seventh place in the tightly packed Western Conference standings with 83 points.

Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky each scored, while Dubnyk made 40 saves for the Oilers.

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