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Avs Notch 5-2 Win Over Oilers

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER (AP) -- Alex Tanguay had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche ended a power-play drought with two goals in a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Tanguay, who leads the Avs with 65 points, gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 11:07 of the second period when he took a pinpoint pass from Antti Laaksonen to the right of the net and put the puck past Mike Morrison's glove. It was Tanguay's 24th goal of the season -- second only to Marek Svatos (30) for the team lead.

Colorado scored on two of its six power plays to hand the Oilers their second loss in their last seven games. The Avalanche had gone 0-for-15 in power plays in their last two games, both losses.

Milan Hejduk, who returned after missing one game with a neck injury, scored a power-play goal at 2:43 of the second to give the Avs a 1-0 lead, and Brett McLean added the second at 7:54 of the third period to make it 5-2.

Morrison, who stopped 30 shots, received little help from his teammates and struggled at full strength, too. He gave up a weak goal to defenseman Rob Blake, whose slap shot from the right point went between the goalie's pads with 13 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Avs a 3-1 lead.

Jarret Stoll scored Edmonton's first goal when he took a great pass from Ales Hemsky in the left circle and put the puck past David Aebischer during a power play to tie the score at 1 at 4:17 in the second period.

The Oilers nearly took the lead later in the period, but officials disallowed Ryan Smyth's goal after determining he kicked the puck past Aebischer.

Two more goals were waved off in the third period. Officials said Morrison caught Joe Sakic's shot before his glove entered the net shortly after the period began, then decided Hemsky didn't put the puck in the net before Patrice Brisebois dislodged it a short while later.


The Avalanche is 13-6-2 against the Northwest Division this year, including a 9-1-2 mark at home...Colorado is 4-2 versus Edmonton this year...Since moving to Denver in 1995-96, the Avs are 33-15-6-1 against the Oilers...Joe Sakic recorded his 892nd and 893rd career assists tonight, passing Dale Hawerchuk (891) for sole possession of 17th place on the NHL's all-time assist list...Sakic is now one shy of tying Phil Housley for 16th place (894)...Rob Blake scored his 196th career goal, tying Scott Stevens for 18th place all-time for goals by a defenseman...Blake is now one shy of tying Mark Howe (197) for 17th place on that list...Blake's 196 goals trail only Brian Leetch (246) among active defensemen...David Aebischer earned the victory tonight on his 28th birthday...Aebischer improved to 8-3-0 in 12 career games against the Oilers...Alex Tanguay matched his season high with three points tonight (seventh time)...Brett McLean has established a new single-season career high with 21 assists...His previous high was 20 assists with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003-04...Jarret Stoll extended his point streak to seven games tonight...Andrew Brunette scored his 15th goal of the year, matching his total from the last NHL season with Minnesota.


David Aebischer: On the disallowed goals... "On the first goal, I was right there and I saw him kick it in. The second one, I don't know. I didn't really see. The net was off. And the puck was there so I think it was a pretty close call." On Success against the Northwest division... "We're playing well right now against them. Tonight, we played solid. And that's what we're doing against those teams because it seems like it's more important to play well and have success. But it's still a long road to go."

Joe Sakic: "I didn't realize what our record was against the Northwest. But as long as we keep winning and climbing, that's the most important thing. You know what all the teams are going to bring. (Edmonton) had a good win for them last game and they got in late so they were probably a little tired. As the game went on, I felt that our energy and our legs were going pretty well."

Head Coach Craig MacTavish: On the second disallowed goal... "The referees or the video replay officials have to be able to make that determination. That goals going in, he just flies into the net. The goal is going in anyways. I've often thought that was a crazy rule that if accidentally they knock their own net off, we're putting the puck in the net and we're penalized for it. So that was a big goal too. But we didn't have our best game."

Mike Morrison: On his save on Sakic... "It was a good save. I wish it could have been a good win." General... "We had to come out and play well at the start of that third period, so we could kind of get back in the game. After that save, we go down and Hemsky gets the called-back goal. I don't know. I thought with the new rules and the moorings being able to move, I thought they would have called it a goal. That kind of killed any momentum that we might have had to build. So, it's tough."

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