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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

It was sink or swim for the Colorado Avalanche tonight, who needed a win over the Oilers in order to continue their playoff push in the Western Conference.

Their hard work paid off as they finished the night with a 3-2 victory.

“I thought we had a good start to the first period where we pushed quite a bit,” said Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog. “Obviously, they got a power play at the end of the first there that they pushed back at. But, other than that, I think we played a pretty solid game from start to finish and obviously our power play was key tonight.”

Landeskog who returned to Colorado’s lineup after serving a three-game suspension for cross-checking Anaheim Ducks defenceman Simon Despres on March 9, opened scoring late in the second, slipping the puck inside the right post past an outstretched Laurent Brossoit.

“[I] felt good, it’s tough watching,” he said. “I was hungry and ready to go but the guys have done a great job throughout the road trip here to make sure that we’re in a good spot, and I was just hungry to come and help out.”

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