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IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Avalanche

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers take on the Colorado Avalanche for the third time this season. 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 Whitney and Ryan Smyth both draw back into the lineup after missing Tuesday's game. The team has also switched around some forward and defence pairings as they try and get more five-on-five scoring. 

In warm-up, Lennart Petrell was hit with a puck and will not play. Magnus Paajarvi draws in.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Hartikainen - Gagner - Hemsky
Smyth - Belanger - Yakupov
Eager - VandeVelde - Paajarvi

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



20:00: The first period is now underway. Magnus Paajarvi draws into the lineup in place of Lennart Petrell, who was hit by a puck in warm-up.

18:38: Cody McLeod pounces on a rebound after Dubnyk fails to smother the puck, putting the Avalanche on the board early. | COL 1, EDM 0

10:00: Midway through the opening period, Colorado remains with a one-goal lead. Both teams have eight shots on goal though no real strong scoring chances on either side.

5:30: Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins have a couple of great chances to pull the Oilers back on even terms but the puck doesn't seem to bounce their way. The Oilers race ahead in the shot total, now outshooting Colorado 15 to 10.

4:09: Gagner redirects a point shot on goal but Varlamov again is there to keep the puck out of the net.

1:13: After a 90-second shift with sustained pressure by Hartikainen, Hemsky and Gagner, Matt Duchene takes the puck the other way and drives to the net. He loses a handle on it but the puck still finds its way into the back of the net. | COL 2, EDM 0

48.8: Duchene feeds Jamie McGinn across the slot and McGinn makes no mistake, wristing it over the shoulder of Dubnyk. | COL 3, EDM 0

8.1: Cody McLeod gets sent off for boarding, giving Edmonton the game's first power play.

3.1: It only takes the Oilers five seconds to get on the board. Off the draw, a shot by Nugent-Hopkins is deflected on its way to the net by Gagner straight onto the stick of Ales Hemsky, who scores to make it a 3-1 game. | COL 3, EDM 1

0:00: Shots on goal after one period were 23 to 12 for the Oilers.

Oilers outshot Colorado 15 to 4 over the last 12 minutes of the period. ... The 23 shots are a season high for the Oilers.

20:00: The second period is now underway. Nikolai Khabibulin replaces Devan Dubnyk in goal for the Oilers.

15:08: Ladislav Smid gets two minutes for interfering with Aaron Palushaj. Colorado goes on their first power play of the game. 

14:48: Eric Belanger and Ryan Smyth break in on an odd-man rush while shorthanded. Belanger's backhand attempt is stopped by Varlamov but the Avalanche goaltender has trouble with the rebound. Eventually the whistle goes even though the puck is not completely frozen.

13:36: With 27 seconds left in the power play, John Mitchell's shot gets past Khabibulin and Colorado regains their three-goal lead. | COL 4, EDM 1

Ryan Smyth receives two minutes for holding to put Colorado back on the power play.
     Smyth in the box for holding but they got the wrong guy. Yakupov with the foul.                                          
5:41: Khabibulin comes across and gloves a one-time attempt by Mitchell in what was his nicest save of the night to this point.

4:01: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finally breaks his scoring drought with a quick snapping one timer from the high slot. Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle had the assists. | COL 4, EDM 2

3:02: Less than a minute later, Ales Hemsky breaks into the Avalanche zone, slides past a defender and dekes out Varlamov to make it a one-goal game. | COL 4, EDM 3

     Oilers look like they might want to win one for their goalie Dubnyk who has bailed them out so many times this season
2:03: Edmonton goes on the power play after Palushaj gets sent to the box.

0:00: Oilers nearly put the puck in at the buzzer but Varlamov comes up with a couple of big stops. Shots were 15 to 7 in the middle frame and 38 to 19 overall for the Oilers.


After only two periods, Oilers are already only one shot away from their season-high total of 39 shots, taken on January 24 against Los Angeles. ... With seven goals, Ales Hemsky is now the team's goal scoring leader. ... Jeff Petry leads all Oilers with 14:27 of ice time. Jan Hejda leads all Avalanche defenders with 14:49. ... Paul Stastny has won 69% of draws (11-for-16) while Chris VandeVelde has won 67% for the Oilers (4-for-6).

20:00: The third period is now underway.

15:41: Mitchell receives a two-minute penalty for holding, putting the Oilers back on the power play. Oilers announce that Teemu Hartikainen will not return to the game. 
     Hartikainen clobbered by avs bordeleau in second period. Out with shoulder inj
14:46: Nugent-Hopkins nearly puts it in from the side of the net. He had a wide open net but it was a tough angle and he put it through the crease.

11:45: A penalty to Matt Hunwick puts the Oilers back on the power play.

11:02: Jordan Eberle picks up a loose puck after a nice feed from Sam Gagner and jams it in short side to tie the game up. | EDM 4, COL 4

9:18: The Oilers get their 50th shot on goal, leading the Avalanche 50 to 22 in that category.
     50 shots on goal for the tonight with 9 mins left still! Team record is 55 vs. North Stars in 1986
6:23: Oilers notch their 52nd shot on goal as they continue their onslaught on the Avalanche net.

6:15: Khabibulin makes a series of big saves against the Avalanche to preserve the 4-4 tie.

6:09: Ryan Smyth takes a penalty, elbowing Duchene to put the Avalanche on the power play.

1:38: Pajaarvi scores, putting Oilers in the lead for the first time in the game. | EDM 5, COL 4

1:18: Eberle scores on the Colorado empty net. | EDM 6, COL 4.

0:00: The end of the third period. Edmonton had 56 shots this game, the most in franchise history. | EDM 6, COL 4 FINAL
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