Avs Gain Point But Fall To Oilers In Shootout
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Marty Reasoner had the lone goal in the shootout and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a 12-game winless streak by knocking off the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Friday night for their first win in a month.
Marek Svatos, Brad Richardson and Joe Sakic scored in regulation for Colorado, while Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul had goals for Edmonton.
It was also the first win for the Oilers since they sent forward Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline.
The defeat snapped a four-game winning streak for the Avalanche, but they remained undefeated in regulation in their last 11, improving to five points behind Calgary for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Colorado's loss also meant that idle Detroit clinched a playoff spot.
Colorado opened the scoring 9 minutes into the first period when Ian Laperriere found Richardson open at the left faceoff circle. With a pass from behind the net, Richardson blasted a one-timer past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson for a 1-0 lead.
Colorado outshot Edmonton 14-5 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Avalanche added to their lead early in the second, effectively passing the puck around on the power play before Sakic blasted his 32nd of the season past Roloson to extend his scoring streak to five games.
Edmonton cut the lead in half 7 minutes later when Hemsky, back after an eight-game absence, paid immediate dividends. He skated around the back of the net and banked a wraparound shot off Colorado goalie Peter Budaj's skate for his 50th point of the season.
The Oilers pulled even 5 minutes later when Sykora fired a power-play shot from the high slot over Budaj's shoulder for his first goal in 15 games, tying it 2-2.
Colorado pressed hard to regain the lead with a power play late in the period, but Roloson made several big saves.
The Oilers' goalie wasn't nearly as sharp on the Avalanche's third goal 4:40 into the third, when he was slow to clear a puck from the crease on a Colorado power play and Svatos swatted it through his legs for a 3-2 Avalanche lead.
Colorado looked to have the game in hand, but a turnover changed that as Lupul came away with a puck in the Avalanche zone and notched his 16th of the season with 1:47 left to play, sending the game to OT and eventually the shootout.
Notes: The injury-plagued Oilers finally got some relief on Friday when forwards Hemsky and Marty Reasoner and defenseman Tom Gilbert returned to the lineup, cutting the number of injured Edmonton players to seven. ... Sykora is the only player on Edmonton's roster with more than 20 goals this season. Colorado has five. ... With five goals and six assists in his last five games, Sakic is only two points shy of becoming just the fifth player in NHL history to hit the 90-point mark at 37 years or older. ... The Avalanche have eight games remaining as they try to catch Calgary for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, including two against the Flames. They also play Vancouver three times and have games against Phoenix, Minnesota and Nashville.