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EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- While all the Edmonton Oilers had

Glenn Anderson's number on their jersey, it was Dustin Penner

that did what No. 9 did best.

Penner netted the game-winner and set up another goal Sunday

night, lifting the Oilers to a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix

Coyotes on Sunday.

"These winning goals like the one I had tonight aren't the same

as true winning goals," Penner said of his team-leading fifth

game-winning goal this season.

"When you get it in the second period like that, it means

something different than if you score it in overtime or late.

But nonetheless, it was a game-winning goal and a great shift by

the five guys on the ice."

Captain Ethan Moreau notched his first career hat trick, Ales

Hemsky scored two goals and Dwayne Roloson made 25 saves for

Edmonton, which has won four of its last five contests.

"It was a great night," Moreau said. "We really wanted to do

our part on Glenn Anderson night and I feel we did that. We did

some important things in that game."

"Everyone was going crazy, including the coaches. It was great

to see," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said of Moreau's hat

trick. "All the fans were anticipating that. It was very

appropriate that it was Steve (Staios), who dusted it off to get

it over to him for the hat trick. We haven't had an energetic

game like that all year, where everyone leaves feeling great

about themselves."

Andrew Cogliano had three assists while defensemen Tom Gilbert

and Steve Staois each added two for the Oilers, who honored

Anderson before the game - raising the Hall of Famer's No. 9

jersey to the rafters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton players wore Anderson's number on the front of their

jerseys as well.

But it was Penner that provided the best impression of Anderson,

who scored 102 game-winning goals - including 17 in the

playoffs- during his legendary career.

"I thought the ceremony was very appropriate for 'Andy',"

MacTavish said.

After the Coyotes rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the

contest at 3-3, Penner took a centering pass from Shawn Horcoff

and fired a quick shot past Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov

with 7:59 left in the second period.

Hemsky scored with 98 seconds to play and Moreau added an

empty-netter with less than one tick left to seal the victory.

Blue-liner Keith Yandle, Daniel Carcillo and Peter Mueller each

had a goal for the Coyotes, who had won four of their previous

five games.

"I thought as a team we played pretty well tonight," Phoenix

coach Wayne Gretzky said. "We're playing against a team in a

similar situation (in the standings) that we're in. We knew

that it was a big night for their organization and their players

are going to feed off of that and they played well tonight, but

I thought our team played well too."

Playing in his 49th NHL game, Steven Goertzen collected his

first career points with two assists. Rookie Kyle Turris also

had a pair of assists and Bryzgalov stopped 23 shots for

Phoenix, which wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0

record.

"We had a chance to really improve in the standings and get six

points away from (the Oilers)," Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski

said. "Are we happy with (the road trip)? No, it's a .500

trip. We'll take it, but I think we left some points out

there."

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