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Oilers 'score' victory over Coyotes 6-2

EDMONTON, Alberta -- These days, defenseman Boris Mironov and the Edmonton Oilers are looking downright offensive.

Mironov had a goal and three assists as the Oilers won their sixth straight game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 Tuesday night.

Dean McAmmond, Roman Hamrlik, Doug Weight, Todd Marchant and Boyd Devereaux, with his first NHL goal, also scored for Edmonton.

"I had a great game and I think I have to continue to play the same way," Mironov said.

"Some games happen like this and some games I have a bad couple of mistakes and we lose a game," he said. "But tonight everybody felt great and we'll have to play the game the same way."

Keith Tkachuk had both goals for the Coyotes, whose unbeaten streak ended at three.

The Oilers lost forward Ryan Smyth in the first period after he was hit by Rick Tocchet, who received a kneeing major. The injury was diagnosed as a torn left medial collateral ligament, and team officials said Smyth will require surgery that will put him out of action for 6-8 weeks.

Tkachuk put Phoenix up 1-0 midway through the first with his 30th goal of the season, but the Oilers scored a pair later in the period to take the lead for good.

McAmmond scored his sixth of the season on a power play after Coyotes goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin robbed Mironov and Bill Guerin in close.

Mironov beat Khabibulin with 2:33 left in the period when he moved in from the point and snapped a shot from a bad angle into the net.

The Oilers extended their lead only 22 seconds into the second period when McAmmond set up Roman Hamrlik for his fifth goal.

McAmmond, filling in for the injured Smyth on Edmonton's top line, flipped a backhand pass to Hamrlik, who beat Khabibulin with a wrist shot.

"The confidence is definitely as high as it's been this year," Oilers coach Ron Low said.

"We have to keep working as hard as we did tonight - that I think was the key. One line after the next went out and did things and played hard. I thought we made some poor decisions in the second period in a couple of places but other that I thought we played very well," he said.

The Coyotes cut into the Oilers' lead late in the second when Tkachuk redirected Teppo Numminen's point shot past Curtis Joseph, but that was all Phoenix could manage. Joseph now has 199 wins in his NHL career.

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