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After breaking one of Wayne Gretzky's franchise records his last time out, left wing Ryan Smyth looks to build on his fifth career hat trick when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Smyth scored three times in a 2:01 span in the third period to lead Edmonton (2-1-0) to a 6-4 win over San Jose on Thursday. He beat Gretzky's team record for fastest three goals by 17 seconds.
"I just got on a good roll," Smyth said. "Two of them were on the power play. I was just trying to help the team and contribute, not thinking about anything else. It turned out to be a pretty good one."
Smyth, the sixth overall pick by Edmonton in 1994, is fifth all-time in team history with 237 goals and seventh with 501 points.
"Any time you beat one of the Great One's records, it is a pretty good night," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Good for Ryan. For a guy that grew up idolizing Wayne to get one of his records, it couldn't be placed in a better spot. I'm sure he would appreciate something like that."
Smyth will have a good chance to pad his stats against Colorado (1-0-2). He has 15 goals and 19 assists in his career against the Avalanche, including three goals and two assists in seven games last season.
Smyth's performance on Thursday helped Edmonton bounce back from its first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat at Calgary last Saturday.
Edmonton has used goalie Dwayne Roloson in each of its three games, and he has stopped 83 of 90 shots.
The Avalanche are coming off their first win of the season, 3-2 over Vancouver last Sunday. Marek Svatos scored his first two goals of the season for Colorado, including the game-winner with 5:44 left.
Svatos tied Joe Sakic for the team lead last season with 32 goals, but was off to a slow start this season after he missed most of training camp recovering from a fractured right shoulder.
"I think we are starting to see him back to what he's capable of," Avs coach Joel Quenneville said.
Five of Colorado's seven goals this season have come on the power play, including all three against the Canucks.
"We can relax a little more," center Ian Laperriere said. "We're not thinking about when we're going to get that first win."
The Avalanche went 4-3-1 against the Oilers last season, including a 2-1-1 mark at the Pepsi Center. Patrice Brisebois and Milan Hejduk each had seven points for Colorado in the series.
Jarret Stoll and current St. Louis right wing Radek Dvorak each recorded seven points for Edmonton, with Stoll scoring four goals and Dvorak picking up six assists.