FINAL
OTT
3
BOS
4
FINAL SO
NYR
3
NJD
4
FINAL SO
WPG
2
PHI
1
FINAL SO
TOR
4
PIT
5
FINAL
NYI
5
CAR
2
FINAL
BUF
3
MTL
1
FINAL OT
WSH
3
TBL
4
FINAL
NSH
5
MIN
4
FINAL
DET
3
CGY
1
FINAL
ANA
4
PHX
1
FINAL
COL
2
EDM
3
FINAL OT
CHI
2
VAN
3
FINAL
CBJ
0
SJS
6
COL
41-35-6
EDM
32-40-10

33 SOG
23 SOG

Oilers hold off Avs for 3-2 win

NHL.com | Wednesday, 02.01.2012 / 12:32 AM

The Edmonton Oilers kept the Colorado Avalanche playing catch-up all night -- and the Avs never managed to get even.

Jordan Eberle and Eric Belanger scored in the first period, Taylor Hall added a goal in the third and the Oilers hung on to beat the struggling Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at Rexall Place on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to get that one and hold on in the end," said Hall, whose goal at 6:01 of the third period wound up as the game-winner. "Nice to get the win."

The Oilers (19-26-5) are 2-0-1 in their last three games after losing eight of nine. They handed the Avs their third consecutive loss and kept Colorado from passing Minnesota for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Edmonton nearly scored three minutes into the game when Anton Lander beat Semyon Varlamov on a breakaway but hit the post. However, they made it 1-0 at 4:59 when Eberle swung around from behind the net and used his second whack to stuff the puck between the post and Varlamov's skate. Philippe Cornet, called up from AHL Oklahoma City earlier in the day, earned an assist in the second shift of his NHL debut.

"A first point was more than I was expecting; I was on a great line," Cornet said. Just wanted to get out there and have fun."

"He did good things with the puck and didn't get himself or us in trouble," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "He was responsible."

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky rang another post with five minutes left in the period, but the Oilers kept pressing, got a four-minute power play when T.J. Galiardi was called for a high-sticking double minor and made it 2-0 at 17:37 when Belanger beat Varlamov from the top of the circle for only his second goal of the season.

"It wasn't a good start for us -- not the way we wanted to come out," Avs coach Joe Sacco said. "It's real tough to play catch-up in this League; get yourself down a couple of goals, that's not the situation you want to find yourself in."

The Avalanche made it 2-1 at 1:16 of the second period when Chuck Kobasew threw the puck through the crease and Peter Mueller was able to whack it in for his fourth of the season. Ryan O'Byrne nearly tied it two minutes later when he beat Devan Dubnyk but hit the post.

Hall made it 3-1 when he banged a long rebound for his 17th of the season after Varlamov stopped Hemsky's shot. The Avs cut the deficit to one goal again with 9:46 left when rookie Gabriel Landeskog got to the rebound of Milan Hedjuk's shot and lifted it home with Dubnyk out of position.

"As the game progressed, I thought we got a little bit better," Sacco said. "But it was a little bit too little, too late."
 
But Dubnyk made perhaps the best of his 31 saves when he robbed Ryan O'Reilly with his glove at the side of the net with two minutes to play.

"We battled there at the end," Sacco said, "We just couldn't get it done.

"This is playoff hockey for us right now, and we need to have more urgency from the start. You have to be ready from the start in this League. There are no excuses."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
1st2nd3rdT
COL
EDM
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:59EDM Jordan Eberle (19) Wrap-around - ASST: Sam Gagner (17), Philippe Cornet (1) 1 - 0 EDM
17:37EDM PPG - Eric Belanger (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Whitney (4), Ryan Jones (10) 2 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
01:16COL Peter Mueller (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Chuck Kobasew (5), Paul Stastny (18) 2 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
06:01EDM Taylor Hall (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (16), Shawn Horcoff (16) 3 - 1 EDM
10:14COL Gabriel Landeskog (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (18), Ryan O'Reilly (23) 3 - 2 EDM
Three Stars of the Game
Devan Dubnyk
1st
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .939SH: 0-0
Taylor Hall
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:45
Gabriel Landeskog
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:10EDM Ben Eager  Holding against  Jan Hejda
15:47COL TJ Galiardi  Hi stick - double minor against  Theo Peckham
2nd Period
17:01EDM Jordan Eberle  Slashing against  Paul Stastny
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCOLEDM
1st611
2nd128
3rd154
Total3323
Team Stats
CategoryCOLEDM
Power Plays0/21/2
Hits3019
Faceoff Wins2129
Giveaways923
Takeaways117
Blocked Shots518
Penalty Minutes44
  • COLORADO
  • EDMONTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3R. O'ByrneD0010018:32
5S. O'BrienD00-20014:29
6E. JohnsonD0011022:23
7Van Der GulikL00-1307:30
8J. HejdaD0010018:19
16J. McClementC0002014:06
17C. KobasewR0111014:38
23M. HejdukR0114019:19
26P. StastnyC0102019:38
27K. QuinceyD0006024:31
34D. WinnikC0001016:33
37R. O'ReillyC0113021:41
39T. GaliardiL00-2148:27
44R. WilsonD00-10016:13
54D. JonesR0001015:23
55C. McLeodL00-1108:09
88P. MuellerC1003017:52
92G. LandeskogL1014020:03
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1S. Varlamov2023.87058:24
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4T. HallL1012018:45
5L. SmidD0000021:53
6R. WhitneyD01-10017:16
10S. HorcoffC0100019:33
14J. EberleR1004214:10
20E. BelangerC1003017:06
24T. PeckhamD0000019:26
25A. SuttonD0010018:19
28R. JonesL0101017:18
37L. PetrellL00-11010:17
44C. PotterD00-12016:53
51P. CornetL0100010:53
55B. EagerL00-1128:53
57A. LanderC000209:56
58J. PetryD0012022:15
83A. HemskyR0112018:24
89S. GagnerC0101015:36
94R. SmythL0002019:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
40D. Dubnyk3133.93960:00