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Oilers 5, Avalanche 4, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 5, Avalanche 4, OT
Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Headed for a last-place finish in another lost season, the Edmonton Oilers managed to finish their home schedule on a high note.

Ryan Whitney scored at 3:50 of overtime to give the Oilers a 5-4 victory over the playoff-bound Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night

Whitney pinched in from the point, took a perfect pass from Dustin Penner and beat goalie Peter Budaj for Edmonton's ninth victory in its last 12 home games.

"This was the perfect way to finish off the homestand," Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert said. "It's something that we've been thinking a lot about, trying to play well at home."

Matt Hendricks tied it at 4 for Colorado with 7:02 left in regulation.

After Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Marek Svatos scored in the first 8:58 to give the Avalanche a 3-0 lead, the Oilers rallied to take the lead.

"It didn't look very bright early on, five shots and three goals," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said "And it wasn't the goaltender's fault on any one of them. All four goals were on the doorstep and not what you want to have happen.

"It's happened to us a lot all season long and it has cost us some games. But our guys battled in a lot of other areas and came back."

Shawn Horcoff and Penner had first-period goals, Mike Comrie tied it on a power play in the second, and Andrew Cogliano made it 4-3 at 6:08 of the third.

"You have to find a way to put a team away when you are up 3-0," said Avalanche winger Cody McLeod, who had two assists. "But we let them back in the game and it came back to haunt us."

The Avalanche clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with shootout victory in Vancouver.

Colorado rested captain Adam Foote, forwards Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk and TJ Galiardi, defenseman Scott Hannan and goalie Craig Anderson.

"When you don't have those guys in the lineup you are going to feel the effect," McLeod said. "But we have depth in this room and there is no way the guys in this room tonight couldn't have got it done. We're going to need everyone come playoff time."

NOTES: Oilers forward Sam Gagner has decided to call it a season after missing the last six games because of a sore hip. ... Colorado forward Peter Mueller remains out indefinitely because of a concussion.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:33
COL
Matt Duchene (24) ASST: John-Michael Liles (24), Ryan Wilson (16)
1 - 0 COL
04:57
COL
Ryan O'Reilly (8) ASST: Cody McLeod (10), Ruslan Salei (4)
2 - 0 COL
08:58
COL
Marek Svatos (7) ASST: Darcy Tucker (14), Kyle Quincey (23)
3 - 0 COL
13:59
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (13) ASST: Tom Gilbert (22), Ethan Moreau (9)
3 - 1 COL
18:12
EDM
Dustin Penner (32) ASST: Tom Gilbert (23)
3 - 2 COL
2nd Period
06:02
EDM
PPG - Mike Comrie (10) ASST: Patrick O'Sullivan (22), Aaron Johnson (6)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
06:10
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (10) ASST: Dustin Penner (30)
4 - 3 EDM
12:58
COL
Matt Hendricks (9) ASST: Cody McLeod (11), John-Michael Liles (25)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
03:50
EDM
Ryan Whitney (6) ASST: Dustin Penner (31), Andrew Cogliano (17)
5 - 4 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
12:16
COL
Ruslan Salei  Tripping against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
04:44
COL
Chris Stewart  Too many men/ice - bench
12:01
EDM
Dean Arsene  Holding against  Ryan Stoa
3rd Period
02:18
EDM
Dean Arsene  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 45TOI: 63:50
Saves: 40EV: 39 - 42
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 35TOI: 63:50
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0