Coyotes beat Oilers 4-2 to end 3-game slide
Phoenix played the night before and Edmonton had five days off, but it was the Coyotes who had the extra jump, outshooting the Oilers 42-20.
Lauri Korpikoski scored in the first period, Radim Vrbata in the second, then Doan and Ekman-Larsson put it away with goals 3 minutes apart in the third. Ray Whitney had three assists in Phoenix's eighth win in its last nine games against Edmonton.
Taylor Hall scored twice for Edmonton after missing the previous seven games with a left shoulder injury. The Oilers have lost seven of nine.
The Coyotes, after a solid start to the season, had left coach Dave Tippett a little irritated with their effort to start December.
Lackluster for long stretches over the past seven games, Phoenix had won just twice and had a three-game losing streak after a 4-1 road setback against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Part of Phoenix's troubles have stemmed from defense. The Coyotes had allowed 13 goals during their losing streak and Tippett tried to shake things up against the Oilers by making top-line defenseman Derek Morris, who is minus-9 on the season, a healthy scratch.
The Coyotes seemed to get the message.
Even after playing a road game the night before, Phoenix had the energy edge early against the Oilers, creating numerous good scoring chances while squeezing the zone down on defense.
The Coyotes got a hard-working goal from Korpikoski late in the period when the young winger scooped up a loose puck and slipped it past goalie Devan Dubnyk as Edmonton defenseman Eric Belanger rode him to the ice.
Phoenix limited the Oilers to six shots in the period and got a couple of breaks late when Jordan Eberle missed on an open wraparound and Shawn Horcoff couldn't gather the puck with Phoenix goalie Mike Smith well out of the crease.
The Coyotes kept up the pressure early in the second, but Dubnyk made a string of spectacular saves to keep the lead at a goal. Hall tied it late in the period, squeezing the puck just past the tip of Smith's stick and between his legs on a power play.
The Coyotes had a goal by Martin Hanzal waved off for goalie interference -- Whitney was shoved into Dubnyk -- but the same line got one that counted a few seconds later when Vrbata scored on a wrister with 37 seconds left to put Phoenix back up a goal.
Edmonton picked up the pressure to open the third period and tied it midway through on Hall's ninth goal, a wrister on a power play after a nifty pass from Ryan Smyth.
The Coyotes again had an answer, with Doan scoring his eighth goal of the season on a deke and wrister after Mikkel Boedker did a nice job of keeping the puck in the zone.
Ekman-Larsson gave the Coyotes a two-goal cushion less than 3 minutes later, slipping a shot past Dubnyk from a tough angle.
Notes: Coyotes D Rostislav Klesla missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury ... Edmonton D Corey Potter returned to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury. ... Whitney was honored before the game for nothing his 600th career assist on Dec. 8. He was joined on the ice by his parents, wife and three kids.