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Avs keep rolling with 3-0 victory over Oilers

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:16 AM

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Avs keep rolling with 3-0 victory over Oilers
Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 0

The NHL season has been under way for nearly a month, and the Colorado Avalanche are showing no signs of slowing down.

With Tuesday's 3-0 win against the host Edmonton Oilers, Joe Sacco's club now has the most points in the League (20). While some who live outside the Denver area might be surprised by the 9-1-2 start, the players in the Avs' locker room certainly are not.

At least not anymore.

"We don't really care about that perception," Sacco said when asked if he believes teams around the NHL feel the Avs are for real. "I do think that teams are starting to realize that when you play us, you know you have to be ready. We just try to take care of our own business."

Wojtek Wolski scored a pair of goals to increase his team lead to seven, and Craig Anderson stopped all 25 shots he faced for his ninth victory of the season. He didn't have to wait very long to play with a lead, as Milan Hejduk beat Nikolai Khabibulin just 25 seconds into the game courtesy of a turnover by Shawn Horcoff.

"I think overall it was a great team effort," Anderson said. "We didn't give them all that much and whatever we did, I was able to see and make the save and the guys were there to clean up the rebound. For the most part, we took the play to them and kept the puck in their zone."

The score remained 1-0 until Wolski scored his first of the night at 9:34 of the third period, as he deked Khabibulin before sliding the puck across the goal line. Wolski then put the game out of reach with 1:47 remaining when he was awarded a goal after pulled down by Taylor Chorney while skating towards an empty net.

"I've been very fortunate to get the opportunities offensively," Wolski said. "Playing with Paul (Stastny) and Milan, we seem to just be clicking right now and that creates a lot of offense. It's a lot easier to get points."

Sacco was awfully pleased with Wolski's performance -- and he'd like to see more of them.

"He played very well tonight," Sacco said of Wolski. "That's the type of game that he can play when he's going. He certainly showed why he can be the player that we all know he can be tonight."

Edmonton, meanwhile, has lost three straight and hasn't scored in seven periods. The loss dropped the Oilers to 6-5-1. They were also blanked in a 2-0 loss to Vancouver on Sunday night.

"We've got to play better if we intend to be a top team," forward Sam Gagner said. "Tonight we didn't even show up for the first period. We should be embarrassed to get shut out two games in a row."

-- Brian Compton, NHL.com

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
00:25
COL
Milan Hejduk (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Hannan (4)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:34
COL
Wojtek Wolski (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (6), Paul Stastny (7)
2 - 0 COL
18:13
COL
EN - Wojtek Wolski (7) ASST: Paul Stastny (8), Adam Foote (1)
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:25
COL
David Koci  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
02:25
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  David Koci
02:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Hooking against  Milan Hejduk
2nd Period
00:45
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:59
COL
Chris Durno  Cross checking against  Gilbert Brule
13:43
COL
TJ Galiardi  Cross checking against  Mike Comrie
3rd Period
16:46
EDM
Sam Gagner  Roughing against  TJ Galiardi
16:46
COL
TJ Galiardi  Roughing against  Sam Gagner
18:48
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 33TOI: 59:10
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0