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Avs Defeat Oilers 7-1

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen gave up three goals on 13 shots and the Oilers allowed four goals in the second period in losing their sixth straight game, prompting a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place.

John-Michael Liles had two of Colorado's three goals in the first period when the Oilers allowed a season-high 16 shots.

Pierre Turgeon scored on a power play in the first period and Steve Konowalchuk and Patrice Brisebois added goals in the second for Colorado, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

David Aebischer made 21 saves for his second win.

Ty Conklin replaced Markkanen and didn't fare much better, giving up four goals on 11 shots in the second period.

Hejduk, who missed the entire preseason and first six games of the regular season following surgery on his right knee, had two of the goals in the middle period.

Markkanen was back in net for the third.

After failing to score on a 1:32 two-man advantage in the third period, Ethan Moreau broke Aebischer's shutout bid with a goal at 9:11.

The Oilers finished 1-for-6 on the power play to slide to 2-for-37 in their last six games. Colorado finished 3-for-8 with the man advantage.

Game notes
Oilers F Ryan Smyth returned for spot duty after missing six games with a sprained left knee. ... The Oilers sold out their October home games for the first time in 21 seasons. ... Edmonton, which beat the Avalanche 4-3 on opening night, lost 7-0 at home to Chicago on Feb. 1, 1995.


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