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Oilers beat Coyotes 2-1 in overtime

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Oilers beat Coyotes 2-1 in overtime

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Nail Yakupov followed the puck after it hit teammate Taylor Hall and swiped it into the goal a split second before it hit the ice.

After blowing the shutout with 19 seconds left in regulation, another big goal from the Russian rookie was just what the Edmonton Oilers needed.

Yakupov scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play at 3:52 of overtime, helping the Oilers fight back after giving up the late goal to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Wednesday night.

``Dealing with that late goal and to be able to get the two points showed a lot of character,'' Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. ``It was another real big growth opportunity for our team tonight.''

Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk appeared to be on his way to his fifth career shutout after stopping the first 26 shots he faced. The Oilers put their goalie in a bind, though, when Sam Gagner was called for a penalty and the Coyotes pulled goalie Chad Johnson.

Nick Johnson took advantage of the two-man advantage, whipping a shot past Dubnyk's glove side with 19 seconds left in regulation after teammate Radim Vrbata failed on a backhander.

Yakupov, already establishing himself as a clutch goal-scorer, ended it in overtime, punching in a rebound after a shot by Ryan Whitney appeared to carom off Hall's hand.

Instead of racing away from his teammates and sliding down the ice, as he did after scoring late against the Kings last week, the No. 1 pick in last summer's NHL draft called the Oilers in for a group hug to celebrate.

``I think guys were expecting him to skate away,'' Gagner said. ``It's another big goal for Nail and he seems to have a knack for scoring those.''

Dubnyk stopped 27 shots and Lennart Petrell scored his first goal since Feb. 27, helping the Oilers end a five-game losing streak to Phoenix.

Coming off their best game of the season, the Coyotes found themselves in a familiar position: Wondering what will happen after the latest chapter in their ownership saga.

Since a new lease agreement with the City of Glendale was reworked in November, it appeared former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison would have no trouble buying the team from the NHL before a Jan. 31 deadline. Jamison told the Arizona Republic this week that he expected to have the deal done in time.

But on Wednesday, a league official told The Associated Press it was unlikely Jamison would have the money or investors he needs to purchase the team before the midnight Thursday deadline, leaving the team in limbo yet again.

Of course, the Coyotes have played well against the backdrop of uncertainty in the past, reaching the playoffs each of the past three seasons - making the Western Conference finals for the first time last year - while potential owners come and go.

``It's status quo for us,'' Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. ``I don't think this is a surprise to anybody around here, so we deal with it like we've dealt with it for 3 1/2 years.''

Phoenix got back to its defense-first style in a 4-0 win over Nashville on Monday night, and limited Edmonton's chances in front of Johnson.

Johnson did give up a big rebound on a shot by Ryan Smyth in the first period and Petrell jumped on it, punching in the puck from just outside the crease. Johnson was steady after that, finishing with 19 saves after notching his first NHL shutout two days earlier.

``Johnson played well again,'' Tippett said. ``It's unfortunate not to get two points out of that because I think we deserved two points.''

Dubnyk was sharp his last outing, turning away 38 shots - 24 in the third period - in a 4-1 win over Colorado on Monday. He was just as good against the Coyotes, finding pucks easily through traffic and making a couple of snatching glove saves on hard shots by Phoenix.

Dubnyk appeared to be headed toward his first shutout in nearly a year, but Johnson scored his second goal of the season to send the game to overtime.

``It's unfortunate he didn't get the shutout because he played so well,'' Gagner said.

The Oilers at least got the win, thanks to Yakupov's quick hands.

NOTES: Gagner had an assist on Petrell's goal, extending his points streak to six games. ... Oilers LW Ben Eager missed his fifth straight game with a concussion. ... Coyotes G Mike Smith is expected to come off injured reserved from a lower-body injury and could possibly start on Friday.

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Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

Week 6's Redskins game marked another successful celebration of the THINK-PINK! campaign

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the FedEx Field end zones ditched their usual gold trim for some pink instead. As it turns out, burgundy and pink go quite well together.

The reason for the change was to celebrate the Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness game as well as the 20th anniversary of Tanya Snyder's THINK-PINK! campaign.

Mrs. Snyder started the movement two decades ago by passing out 8,000 handmade pink ribbons at the team's stadium meant to remind people that early detection of breast cancer can make a major difference.

Now, her campaign has gone league-wide and is the reason you see so many players wearing pink in October, fans waving pink towels in the stands and other awareness-raising initiatives throughout the NFL.

"Very, very, very proud," Snyder said while handing out ribbons before the Washington-Carolina game. "We're not finished, but we are making a difference with early detection. So I'm beaming." 

For more information on Snyder and the NFL's breast cancer efforts, head to redskins.com/thinkpink. And for more details about the events held at FedEx Field during Week 6, check out the video above.

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Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

On Monday, for the first time since 2018-19 training camp began, the Wizards were complete.

Dwight Howard, who missed three weeks due to a strained piriformis muscle, participated in his first full practice with his new team. The 32-year-old signed a free agent deal with the Wizards in July, but had yet to take the court due to the injury, which began bothering him shortly before camp began on Sept. 25.

Howard had a setback on Oct. 6 and saw a specialist in New York. He received a pain injection on Tuesday and on Saturday began shooting again.

After clearing that hurdle, he was ready to be a full-go with his new teammates.

"It felt pretty good. I really gotta catch my wind and learn some of the offense. But other than that, it felt pretty good," Howard said of Day 1.

Howard practicing on Monday gives him two more days to work with before the Wizards open their season on Thursday at home against the Miami Heat. Both he and head coach Scott Brooks say it's too early to tell if he will be available.

"We'll see how it feels. I will do everything I can to make myself available for all 82 games," Howard said.

Howard not only has to play himself into game shape, he has to develop chemistry and timing with his new teammates. He missed all five of their preseason games.

If Howard can play, that would certainly be a positive turn of events for the Wizards. As of the end of last week, it seemed highly unlikely he would be ready when the regular season began.

But Howard turned a corner and now appears to be coming along quicker than once expected. 

"It was probably our best practice of training camp," Brooks said Monday after finally getting Howard into the mix.

"He has a natural feel. His IQ was pretty high, I was impressed with that. He picked things up."

Howard signed a two-year contract worth $11 million to join the Wizards in July.

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