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Avalanche outscore Oilers 7-6

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
After Brunette and the Avs scored four unanswered goals to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead, the Oilers came out flying to start the third period.

29 seconds into the period, Ales Hemsky was along the left-side boards and found Petr Sykora open beside the right post. Hemsky threaded a pass right on the tape of Sykora who banged it in to make it a 5-4 game.

Colorado responded several minutes later to regain their two-goal lead. Paul Stastny put the puck in during a mad scramble in front, depositing a rebound past Roloson.

At the 7:09 mark of period two, Sykora scored his second of the night to make it a one-goal game once again. This goal was all Hemsky as the Czech winger danced around Karlis Skrastins before dishing it to Sykora for the tap-in.

1:09 later, the Oilers tied it up. Reasoner fired the puck on net and Lupul crashed the crease before picking up the rebound and slipping it behind Budaj.

Just when it looked like the Oilers might carry that momentum further and perhaps take the lead, Colorado struck again. Brett McLean took the puck behind the net and wrapped it in to move the visitors ahead 7-6.

After the Avs goal, Edmonton went back on the attack in an attempt to tie the game up. Lupul and Torres both had great chance to score from in-close.

In the final minute, the Oilers looked to have tied it up on a blast from Marc-Andre Bergeron at the left circle. Stoll raised his arms in celebration but the play continued. The goal was never reviewed.

Edmonton outshot Colorado 15-4 in the third period and 37-30 in the game overall but that wasn't enough to pull out the victory.

The Oilers got on the board first, opening scoring in the game after Toby Petersen got a fortunate bounce for his first regular season goal as an Oiler.

Marty Reasoner carried the puck into the Avalanche zone and had the puck poked off his stick just as he was cutting towards the net, however the puck ricocheted off Joffrey Lupul before going to Petersen. He put it on net and it went in off Avs forward Brett McLean in front and in.

Several minutes later, Raffi Torres found Jarret Stoll in the corner of the Avalanche zone. Stoll skated out in front and used his reach to put it past Peter Budaj.

With seven minutes to play in the period, the Avalanche scored to draw to within a goal. Pierre Turgeon backhanded the puck harmlessly on net from behind the goalline and it bounced in off the back of Roloson's legs.

It didn't take Edmonton long to get that one back. Torres took a pass from Matt Greene and carried the puck in front where his low shot eluded Budaj and made it a 3-1 game.

Colorado came right back with a scoring chance of their own as Wojtek Wolski scooped up the puck at the Oilers blueline and tried to split the Edmonton defence. He was hauled down trying to get around Jason Smith, putting the Avs on their first power play.

18 seconds into the man advantage, Andrew Brunette scored on a delayed penalty. He took a feed across the crease from Paul Stastny and put the puck into the open cage.

There were actually two delayed penalties on the play so after being scored on, the Oilers had to go straight to a five-on-three penalty kill. They were able to successfully kill it off.

Edmonton went on its first power play of the night with 24 seconds left in the first. Turgeon was sent off for slashing.

After one period, shots on goal were 16-11 for the Avalanche.

Early in the second, Marty Reasoner had a couple of chances to score. First, his shot from the left circle just missed. He followed that up at the end of his shift by taking a pass from Brad Winchester in front and surprising Budaj with a quick snap shot.

On that same shift for Winchester, he dropped the gloves for a spirited bout with Ian Laperriere. Winchester had the edge, igniting the crowd with some quick rights, knocking the Avs forward to the ice.

The Reasoner-Lupul-Petersen line had another chance to score about seven minutes into the period. Lupul's quick shot was denied by Budaj and the Avs netminder was able to stand his ground, stopping Reasoner on the rebound.

At 7:25 of the second, Mark Rycroft backhanded a puck from the high slot that somehow found its way through the five-hole of Roloson.

Matt Greene came close to getting the second goal of his NHL career just past the midway point of period two. His wrister from the high slot was gloved down by Budaj.

Roloson made a huge save on Tyler Arnason with 4:30 left in the middle frame. Arnason broke to the net and tried to manoeuvre around the Oilers netminder but he left no room between himself and the left post.

Late in the period, Colorado received its second lengthy two-man advantage of the night after penalties to Stoll and Tjarnqvist four seconds apart.

With 46 seconds left in the Stoll minor, Brunette scored to put Colorado in front 4-3. Brunette wristed the puck from the high slot and beat Roloson blocker side.

Edmonton continued to run into penalty trouble as Ales Hemsky was sent off for hooking with 1:05 left in the second period.

Colorado capitalized once again on the power play with a goal in the final minute. With 34 seconds to play in the second, Brunette backhanded a shot from the slot over the shoulder of Roloson for his first career NHL hat trick.

After two, shots on goal were 26-22 for Colorado.
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