Oilers Hold On Beat Avs 4-3
DENVER (AP) -Petr Sykora and Ryan Smyth each scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers cracked Colorado's stellar special teams defense in a 4-3 win over the Avalanche on Saturday night.
Smyth deflected Jason Smith's shot from the right point past Jose Theodore for his second goal, breaking a 2-2 tie just 20 seconds into the third period. Less than 4 minutes later, Sykora's wrist shot from the slot dribbled between Theodore's pads.
Colorado pulled to 4-3 when Milan Hejduk poked a pass from Paul Stastny past Dwayne Roloson on a break at 11:50. The Avs pulled Theodore with 75 seconds left, but Roloson, who saved 39 shots, didn't buckle on the way to his 100th career win.
The Avs hadn't played in six days, a layoff longer than the All-Star break in January.
Colorado was the last NHL team to allow a power-play goal. After killing 15 penalties, including three Saturday night, the Avs finally succumbed when Smyth tied it at 2 at 17:14 of the second period.
Colorado defenseman Ken Klee left Smyth unattended on the opposite side of the crease, and Shawn Horcoff found him with a pass while Avs defenseman Karlis Skrastins was in the penalty box after flipping the puck into the seats.
Smyth has scored five goals and six points in two games. His fifth career hat trick Thursday night led Edmonton past San Jose 6-4.
The Avs took a 2-1 lead earlier in the second period when Tyler Arnason took the puck off the short boards and wove his way to the left circle, where he flipped a wrist shot over Dwayne Roloson's right shoulder.
Avs rookie Wojtek Wolski scored his third goal of the season when he sent the puck past Roloson from the slot after Klee's shot from the right point at 8:07 of the first period. Thirty-nine seconds later, the Oilers tied it at 1 when Sykora deflected Daniel Tjarnqvist's slap shot past Theodore.