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Alexander Selivanov added a power-play goal with 5:27 remaining as the Oilers stopped Phoenix's five-game unbeaten streak.
"(Moreau) has been working as hard as a player possibly can, Hamrlik had the the type of game we needed from him and Tommy Salo was solid down the stretch and didn't give up any rebounds at all," Edmonton coach Kevin Lowe said. "The good thing is, we've played six games at home and only lost once. That's a trend we like to build on."
"I think we had to go out and prove something, not only to everybody else but to ourselves," Edmonton left wing Todd Marchant added. "We played a 60-minute hockey game and got two big points as a result. We have to take this game and use it as a template for ourselves."
Salo stopped 25 shots, including two nice saves on Keith Tkachuk, to square his record at 3-3-1.
"We got two big goals in the third and that made it easier on me," Salo said. "I had a little more work than I like late in the game, but when you have the lead, that's OK. I got lots of room to see the shots and that helps a lot, too."
Salo stopped Tkachuk on a semi-breakaway with just under two minutes remaining in the second period and stopped his wrist shot from the right faceoff circle in the third.
"Without a doubt, we took them for granted," Tkachuk said. "I thought we could do it our own way and still get an easy two points, but look what happened, it backfired on us. But when you get the kind of chances we had, you've got to bear down and put that biscuit away."
Just over a minute into the first period, Moreau was penalized for interference and Phoenix took a 1-0 lead. Teppo Numminen took a pass from Tkachuk at the right point and fired a shot at the net. Travis Green, cutting in from the right side, reached out with his stick and deflected the puck past Salo for his sixth goal of the season.
"If we could have skated the way we did in the first, we might have had a better result," Coyotes right wing Shane Doan said. "We got away from our game plan and when you get guys playing on their own page, you leave yourself vulnerable for what happened to us tonight. They're a good skating club and if you're not disciplined, it's only a matter of time until they break through."
Moreau forged a 1-1 tie with just over two minutes left in the second period. He got a pass from Marchant in the slot before firing a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
"It was a long time coming, but I tried not to think about it," Moreau said of his first goal since April 9. "Todd had a great game tonight. He broke down the wall, he got (the defenseman) chasing him, then made a perfect pass to me and all I had to do was hit the net."
Phoenix right wing Rick Tocchet played in his 1,000th NHL game, becoming the fourth player this season and 142nd in league history to reach that milestone.