Brunette's Hat Trick Leads Avs To Wild Win In Edmonton
Monday, 12.18.2006 / 10:00 PM MT / News
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Andrew Brunette scored three goals and Brett McLean broke a tie midway through the third period, sending the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-6 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Pierre Turgeon and Mark Rycroft also scored for Colorado, while Paul Stastny added a goal and three assists. Brunette had his first NHL hat trick, and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.
Edmonton tied the score at 6 on two third-period goals by Petr Sykora and one by Joffrey Lupul. Toby Petersen, Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres also scored for the Oilers, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots.
The Oilers pulled to 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third after Ales Hemsky made a beautiful pass through the crease to a wide-open Sykora. But Colorado restored its two-goal lead a little more than three minutes later when Stastny beat Roloson on a mad scramble in front.
Still, the Oilers rallied to tie it.
Hemsky intercepted the puck at Colorado's blue line, then set up Sykora for another easy goal. Just more than a minute later, Lupul beat Budaj on a rebound.
But McLean put the Avalanche ahead for good on a wraparound goal with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
Edmonton opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first when Petersen's pass deflected off a falling McLean and past Budaj. Stoll put the Oilers ahead 2-0 at 6:03.
Turgeon pulled Colorado to 2-1 at 12:37 when his shot from behind the net hit Roloson's right pad and went in. Torres made it 3-1 at 15:11, but 49 seconds later Brunette's power-play goal cut the deficit to one again.
Colorado surged ahead 5-3 with three goals in the second.
Rycroft tied the score at 7:25 before Burnette added power-play goals at 16:44 and 19:26, setting up a wild third period.
Notes: Oilers forward Ryan Smyth has resumed practicing, but his broken thumb hadn't healed enough to allow him to play Tuesday. ... Torres got his 100th NHL point with an assist on Stoll's first-period goal. Shawn Horcoff got his 200th point with an assist.