Richardson, playing for the first time since before Christmas due to illness, scored his team-leading 11th goal at 12:08 of the first. He creeped toward the front of the net and was waiting to knock in the rebound of Richard Panik’s shot.
Edmonton tied it 2:49 into the second. Off a draw, Adam Larsson’s long wrister was knocked down by Draisaitl with his stick and redirected between Hill’s legs.
“Another good step in the right direction,” Draisaitl said. “We got our legs under us and started playing the way we can.”
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet was pleased with his team’s effort, but said McDavid made the Coyotes pay for an error on his first goal.
“We talked about being above McDavid and we did a good job all game until that,” Tocchet said. “We just had a little mental breakdown and it’s in our net. We get a couple chances and we miss the net or we don’t score and he gets the one breakaway and he scores. That’s what high-end players do.”
NOTES: Arizona outshot the Oilers 16-7 in the first period. … Coyotes center Clayton Keller was selected an All-Star for the first time and will join McDavid, already chosen team captain, on the Pacific Division roster. … Coyotes D Alex Goligoski was scratched due to illness, the first game he’s missed since Nov. 17. C Nick Schmaltz was also scratched with a lower-body injury, his first missed game since being acquired from Chicago on Nov. 25. … Edmonton forward Alex Chiasson missed his third consecutive game due to injury, and forward Kailer Yamamoto missed his second straight with an upper-body injury.
Edmonton plays at Los Angeles on Saturday.
Arizona hosts New Jersey on Friday.
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