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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Avalanche

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers meet Colorado for the fourth time this season and second time in Denver. We'll be updating the action from the game as it happens. We'll also be adding photos, videos from big plays and more throughout the game.

Ryan Jones draws back into the lineup in place of Teemu Hartikainen in Edmonton's only lineup change.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Horcoff - Hemsky
Jones - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Paajarvi - Gagner - Yakupov
Petrell - Smyth - Brown

Smid - Petry
Whitney - J.Schultz
N.Schultz - Potter



20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.

11:45: Taylor Hall fans on a one-timer from the right circle.

9:52: Shots on goal just past the period's midway point are 5-3 for Colorado. None of Colorado's shots have come from prime scoring areas.

8:40: Shawn Horcoff took a pass from Ales Hemsky then skated up the middle on a one-on-one with Gabriel Landeskog the lone man back for the Avalanche but Landeskog fell down, giving Horcoff a clear-cut breakway. He made no mistake, firing it five-hole past Varlamov. | EDM 1, COL 0

     With Horcoff in the lineup 5-2-1. Without him 4-9-4. I can't believe even those who are critical of the captain think it's a coincidence.
3:42: Ryan Whitney blasted a shot from the left point on goal. It was stopped by Varlamov but Sam Gagner was perched right in the crease to picked up the rebound and put it in to make it a two-goal game. Nail Yakupov got the other assist on the play. | EDM 2, COL 0

3:23: Shawn Horcoff gets two minutes for hooking, giving Colorado the game's first power play.

0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 13 to 9 for the Avalanche.


20:00: Second period is now underway.

14:12: Dubnyk makes a nice save on Aaron Palushaj who skates into the Oilers zone with the puck then cuts to the net before firing a quick wrist shot from in close.

13:03: Mike Brown drew a penalty seven minutes into the middle frame to put Edmonton on the power play for the first time on the night. Ryan O'Byrne held him up in the Avs zone.
     Mike Brown draws a penalty to send the Oilers to the PP. In this small sample size, he's been extremely effective for Edmonton so far.                                                                     @dantencer
9:55: With Colorado swarming around the Oilers net, Dubnyk made a great pad save off Shane O'Brien from the slot to keep it a two-goal game. 

7:44: Magnus Paajarvi drives to the net and fires a shot on goal. He then waits until the puck drops low enough before batting it out of the air and in to give Edmonton a three-goal lead. | EDM 3, COL 0
     Paajarvi bats own rebound past Varlamov for the third goal. Baseball season is just around the corner, wonder if he can hit curve.                                                    @SUNdvandiest

5:34: Ryan O'Byrne takes a cross-checking penalty, giving Edmonton its second man advantage of the night.

1:16: Ryan Whitney gets called for tripping.

0:00: Shots on goal after two periods were 26 to 21 for the Avs.


20:00: The third period is now underway.

16:13: The Avalanche looked to have tied the game near the four-minute mark on a shot from the left point by Jan Hejda that made its way past a screened Devan Dubnyk but the referees waived it off immediately, citing a player in the crease. Landeskog was stationed right at the top of the blue paint.

15:05: P.A. Parenteau heads to the box after the Avs were caught with too many men on the ice.

13:28: Taylor Hall does some great work along the boards and feeds the puck to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the slot. RNH makes no mistake, rifling it past Varlamov for the goal. | EDM 4, COL 0
     RNH with points in 2 straight games. He had points in 4 straight games earlier this season. Games 2,3,4 and 5.

10:50: Shots on goal are 33 to 28 for Colorado.

1:17: Things get a little chippy at the end of the game as Ryan Wilson and Horcoff exchange words. The result is a roughing penalty to Wilson putting the Avs down a man for the rest of the game.

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