EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Shawn Horcoff got the season off to a great start and then impressively wrapped up Edmonton's first game.
Horcoff, who has moved from third-line center to starter, scored 24 seconds into the game and then added the game-winner with 3:18 to play as the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Wednesday night.
``I have never really been in an offensive role here before,'' said the 27-year-old Horcoff, who is entering his fifth season with Edmonton. ``I paid my dues.''
Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists and Jarret Stoll also scored for Edmonton in front of a sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place
``Our fans feed off that energy like no other team,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ``We're off to a good start.''
Brent Clark and newcomers Antti Laaksonen and Patrice Brisebois scored for Colorado.
Stoll scored on Edmonton's fourth power play of the second period on a one-timer past David Aebischher, who faced 31 shots.
Edmonton was 1-for-7 with the man advantage while Colorado was 0-for-3.
Horcoff, who started the game centering Smyth and Radek Dvorak, set a franchise record for the fastest goal a season when he batted the puck past Aebischer in a crowd.
Smyth then tipped a shot by Dvorak past Aebischer just under six minutes later.
``It was close, but we were always down,'' Aebischer said. ``It was one game.''
Goals by Clark and Laaksonen came in the first five shots at Oilers goalie Ty Conklin, who had a 4.87 goals-against average and .830 save percentage in five preseason appearances.
Brisebois beat Conklin on Colorado's 14th shot of the game in the third period to tie the game 3-3.
But Conklin, who finished with 14 saves, stopped Pierre Turgeon at the side of the net in the final minute to preserve the win.
Fans were treated to a glitzy red carpet at the entrance to Rexall Place followed by a 30-minute pre-game ceremony featuring backlit bagpipers, fireworks and a video retrospective of the Oilers glory days.
``I had chills,'' said Horcoff, who spent a portion of the 17-month break because of the lockout playing in the Swedish Elite League. ``How could you not feel energetic after that?''
Notes: Edmonton G Jussi Markkannen is expected to be activated Thursday, having recovered from a broken collarbone. ... The fastest season-opening goal in the NHL was scored at 10 seconds by Kent Nilsson, then of Minnesota, in a 4-4 tie with Quebec on Oct. 11, 1986. Nilsson is now a scout for the Oilers.
|Shawn Horcoff (1) ASST: Jason Smith (1)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Brett Clark (1) ASST: Robert Boughner (1), Brett McLean (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Ryan Smyth (1) ASST: Radek Dvorak (1)|
2 - 1 EDM
|Antti Laaksonen (1) ASST: Ian Laperriere (1), Rob Blake (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (1), Ryan Smyth (1)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Patrice Brisebois (1) ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Pierre Turgeon (1)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Shawn Horcoff (2) ASST: Radek Dvorak (2), Ryan Smyth (2)|
4 - 3 EDM
|Joe Sakic Holding against Shawn Horcoff|
|Patrice Brisebois Interference against Shawn Horcoff|
|Ryan Smyth Interference on goalkeeper against David Aebischer|
|Ossi Vaananen Hooking against Ales Hemsky|
|Dan Hinote Boarding against Marc-Andre Bergeron|
|Igor Ulanov Interference against Steve Konowalchuk|
|Patrice Brisebois Holding against Jarret Stoll|
|Andrew Brunette Delay of game|
|Steve Staios Interference|
|Marty Reasoner Delay of game|
|Antti Laaksonen Interference against Cory Cross|
|Joe Sakic Hooking against Ryan Smyth|