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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Avalanche

by Nick Conrad / Edmonton Oilers

The speed and ease of first Colorado goal of the game suggested a rough night for the Oilers and after ten minutes of play Colorado was up by three goals. But it was Dustin Penner’s breakaway goal that brought the Oilers within one and helped Edmonton believe that their last home game of the season wasn’t a foregone conclusion.

32 The number of goals Dustin Penner now has on the season.
12 How many points Tom Gilbert has in his last nine games.
+5 Ryan Whitney's plus/minus since joining the Oilers at the trade deadline.
5 The number of goals Penner has in four games in April.
14 The number of points Andrew Cogliano has since the trade deadline. A span of 19 games. He has 27 on the season overall
1st Star
Dustin Penner
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +1 2
2nd Star
Tom Gilbert
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 -1 1
3rd Star
Cody McLeod
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +3 5

Peter Budaj
45 40 5 63:50 .889

Jeff Deslauriers
35 31 4 63:50 .886

Down by three in the first, the Oilers controlled the puck for nearly an entire power play when Tom Gilbert fed a beautiful cross-crease pass to Shawn Horcoff who roofed his 13th goal of the season from a sharp angle.

Dustin Penner has had his ups and down during his tenure as an Edmonton Oiler and with a disappointing team season winding down, The Oilers and Penner can at least take some solace in big number 27’s career high in goals (32) set tonight on a breakaway goal—and there are still two games for Penner to add to his total. Penner also outmuscled his man behind the Avs net on the forecheck and found a wide open Cogliano in the slot for the go-ahead goal in the third period and set up the winner.

The Oilers were shut out in all three losses to the Avalanche this season.

"It's a fun way to end it for them here. For us, and for the fans. The way we've been playing at home as of late, that's the way we wanted to finish and hopefully (we can) take that into next year."

-Tom Gilbert, talking about winning the team's final home game of the season and taking 9 of their last 12 at Rexall Place.

Saturday, April 10 at Los Angeles
  2:00 PM MT (SNET-W) (630 CHED)

Edmonton travels to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Saturday afternoon. Watch the Oilers’ second-to-last game on Sportsnet West at 2 p.m. MDT.

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