Oilers Beat Avalanche To Snap Six-Game Slide

Rick Sadowski | NHL.com | Saturday, 04.20.2013 / 12:19 AM

DENVER – Six consecutive losses turned to be more than enough for the Edmonton Oilers, who took out their frustrations at the Pepsi Center on Friday night with a 4-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche.

Forward Jordan Eberle, who failed to collect a point during the losing streak, had a goal and two assists against the Avalanche, who had gone 2-0-2 in their previous four games.

The Oilers also received a solid outing from goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 33 saves and now owns a 7-3-1 career record against the Avalanche.

It's been a rough season for the Oilers, who replaced general manager Steve Tambellini with Craig MacTavish on Monday, but they have had their way with Colorado. Edmonton won four of five games against the Avalanche this season.

Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist in the first period, when the Oilers grabbed a 2-1 lead, and Eberle did the same in the second period as the Oilers increased the advantage to 4-1.

Eberle passed back to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who was skating down the middle, for a shot that beat Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov to the stick side at 5:12 to make it 3-1. The goal came 19 seconds after the Oilers killed off a tripping penalty to Mark Fistric.

Eberle then converted the rebound of Fistric's point shot at 14:13 for his first goal since April 3, when he scored twice in an 8-2 road win against the Calgary Flames.

Schultz broke a 1-1 tie at 14:14 of the first period when he deflected Eberle's shot past Varlamov. Eberle skated with the puck from the left side into the slot, spun around and slipped the puck in front to where Schultz knocked it home.

Taylor Hall opened the scoring at 2:33 – three seconds after the Avalanche killed off a boarding penalty to Gabriel Landeskog. Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick couldn't control a bouncing puck in the goalmouth and it went to Hall, who tucked it inside the right post.

PA Parenteau tied the game at 7:29 with his Avalanche-leading 17th goal. John Mitchell controlled the puck along the right-wing boards and got it to Shane O'Brien, who passed to Parenteau at the base of the left circle for a shot over Dubnyk's left shoulder.

The Avalanche, who is 1-1-1 on its current four-game homestand, will next play the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at Pepsi Center.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:33EDM Taylor Hall (14) ASST: Jeff Petry (8), Justin Schultz (16) 1 - 0 EDM
07:29COL PA Parenteau (17) ASST: Shane O'Brien (3), John Mitchell (9) 1 - 1 Tie
14:14EDM Justin Schultz (7) ASST: Jordan Eberle (17), Magnus Paajarvi (4) 2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
05:12EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4) ASST: Jordan Eberle (18), Nick Schultz (7) 3 - 1 EDM
14:13EDM Jordan Eberle (13) ASST: Mark Fistric (3), Magnus Paajarvi (5) 4 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:48
Justin Schultz
Justin Schultz
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:47
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 17:29
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:30COL Gabriel Landeskog  Boarding against  Jeff Petry
08:27EDM Corey Potter  Tripping against  Cody McLeod
2nd Period
02:53EDM Mark Fistric  Tripping against  Tyson Barrie
11:18EDM Nick Schultz  Tripping against  Matt Duchene
14:58COL PA Parenteau  Hooking against  Taylor Hall
3rd Period
02:25COL Greg Zanon  Boarding against  Sam Gagner
06:36COL Cody McLeod  Interference against  Mark Fistric
16:54EDM Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  David Jones
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/4
Faceoff Wins1741
Blocked Shots2413
Penalty Minutes88
2J. PetryD0111021:49
4T. HallL1015015:11
5L. SmidD0001020:12
10S. HorcoffC0000018:04
13M. BrownR000107:15
14J. EberleR1233018:48
15N. SchultzD0110217:36
19J. SchultzD1123016:47
28R. JonesL00-12013:07
44C. PotterD0010220:27
45M. FistricD0111217:23
52J. SmithsonC0000010:58
57A. LanderC00-11011:50
64N. YakupovR0001015:53
89S. GagnerC0001020:55
91M. PaajarviL0231015:07
94R. SmythL0002213:09
40D. Dubnyk3334.97160:00
4G. ZanonD00-21219:29
5S. O'BrienD0100018:01
7J. MitchellC0101017:01
8J. HejdaD00-10016:11
9M. DucheneC0004018:47
11J. McGinnL00-11017:09
15P. ParenteauR1013218:24
22M. HunwickD00-20019:42
23M. HejdukR00-31010:23
26P. StastnyC0000018:25
41T. BarrieD00-16024:00
42B. MaloneC00-3006:25
46S. ElliottD0005015:20
54D. JonesR00-11015:12
55C. McLeodL0002215:16
58P. BordeleauL00-1004:10
90R. O'ReillyC0002021:37
92G. LandeskogL00-17219:47
1S. Varlamov2024.83356:41