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Short-Handed Goal Turning Point In Avs Win
There are turning points in every hockey game, and Thursday night's came in the form of a short-handed goal.
Nearly three-and-a-half minutes after the Avalanche tied the game at 2-2 late in the second period, Colorado forward Marc-Andre Cliche intercepted an Edmonton pass at the Avs blue line and began a two-on-one rush up the ice during an Oilers power play.
Cliche made a nice pass to Maxime Talbot in the slot, and Talbot made a move that got Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk to bite to the right, opening up space to the far side. Talbot then let a backhand shot go and just got the puck past the goalie's pad and into the cage for the eventual game winner.
"There is always a key moment in a game and that short-handed goal by Talbot on an outstanding play by Cliche at the blue line and a nice pass as well, I think that was the turning point of the game," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "That gave us a 3-2 lead going into the third and it’s a lot different then being tied or behind."
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Seeking Revenge Not A Factor For Avalanche
It was one of a few lowlights so far this season for the Colorado Avalanche, an 8-2 loss to the Oilers two weeks ago in Edmonton.
The Avs played into the Oilers' up-tempo style of game that night, but even then the contest was fairly close, despite what the final score read.
Colorado nearly erased a three-goal, first-period deficit early in the second and was only down 4-2 after 40 minutes. Three of Edmonton's goals came in the final five minutes when the game was already in hand.
It would be easy for the Avalanche to have a revenge-type mindset for tonight's meeting against the Oilers at Pepsi Center, but that's not the approach Colorado is taking. The team has hardly even talked about that Dec. 5 game and is looking at this evening's contest just like any other midseason one against an in-conference opponent.
"We haven't talked about it so far," Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog. "We've watched clips on their penalty kill and their power play, but that is about it from that game. Other then that we are focusing just like any other game on what we have to do, and what we have to do to beat these guys."
Head coach Patrick Roy said after today's morning skate that he is just looking for his squad to play a "good game" and build some momentum for three upcoming road games.
Avs vs. Oilers - Dec. 19
* The Oilers won the first meeting 8-2 Dec. 5 at Rexall Place.
* This year marks the first time since the Avs relocated from Quebec that Colorado and Edmonton will not compete as division rivals. These two teams faced off as Northwest Division foes for 14 seasons (1998-99 to 2012-13) and Pacific Division foes for three years prior to that (1995-96 to 1997-98).
* Colorado is 68-67-12 in 147 all-time meetings against Edmonton. The Avs are 56-37-10 against the Oilers since moving to Denver, their most wins versus any team since relocating from Quebec.
* The Avalanche finished 1-4-0 against the Oilers last season, 1-2-0 at home.
* Matt Duchene has 24 points (6g/18a) in 21 career games versus the Oilers.
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Avalanche Looks for Bounce Back vs. Oilers
OILERS (11-22-3) at AVALANCHE (22-10-1)
TV: Altitude; Sportsnet Oilers
Last 10: Colorado 5-4-1, Edmonton 3-6-1
Season series: This is the second of three games between these teams this season, but they won't play again until April. Tonight's game comes on the heels of Edmonton's 8-2 win against the Avalanche two weeks ago at Rexall Place in Alberta. That was Edmonton's fifth win against Colorado in six games.
Big story: Edmonton hasn't been able to build on that earlier victory, getting one overtime win since Dec. 5 and losing four in a row (1-4-1). The Avalanche has fared better (3-3-1), but its most important development is the resurgence of forward Matt Duchene, who has seven points in his past four games.READ MORE >