The Oilers came into Saturday's game looking to snap a five-game losing streak against a Colorado team that had one only once in their last 21 games. Providing a boost was the return of Theo Peckham
to the lineup; it was his first game since suffering an injury on Feb. 27 against Boston.
A slow start that resulted in puck possession problems was the story of the first period as the team seemed to be fighting to keep the puck on their sticks. As a result, Matt Duchene was able to make his way through the Oilers' defence and slip one past Khabibulin to make it 1-0 for the Avs. The second period seemed to go better for the Oilers as Jordan Eberle
scored his 16th goal of the season on the powerplay after Cody McLeod was assessed a double minor for high-sticking Teemu Hartikainen
. Unfortunately, the Avalanche restored their one goal lead after Kevin Porter scored his 13th of the season late in the second.
With just 3:50 left in regulation, an Oilers team that spent the third period dominating play was finally able to tie the game after Foster tapped a Linus Omark
pass past Brian Elliott. In OT, a hooking penalty to Jonas Holas put the Oilers up a man for the final 1:23 of the extra time. Despite many good chances in the dying seconds of OT, the Oilers were unable to capitalize with the man advantage and the game went to a shootout.
The shootout started with the first three shooters for each team being stopped by the opposing goalie. The game ended in the 4th round after Ryan Stoa of the Avalanche was the only one to beat the goalie in the shootout.Nikolai Khabibulin
made his second consecutive start, stopping 25 shots of the 27 shots he faced. He also stopped three of four shooters in the shootout.
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