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Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:22 AM

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Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 4 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 4

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Shawn Horcoff got the season off to a great start and then impressively wrapped up Edmonton's first game.

Horcoff, who has moved from third-line center to starter, scored 24 seconds into the game and then added the game-winner with 3:18 to play as the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Wednesday night.

``I have never really been in an offensive role here before,'' said the 27-year-old Horcoff, who is entering his fifth season with Edmonton. ``I paid my dues.''

Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists and Jarret Stoll also scored for Edmonton in front of a sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place

``Our fans feed off that energy like no other team,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ``We're off to a good start.''

Brent Clark and newcomers Antti Laaksonen and Patrice Brisebois scored for Colorado.

Stoll scored on Edmonton's fourth power play of the second period on a one-timer past David Aebischher, who faced 31 shots.

Edmonton was 1-for-7 with the man advantage while Colorado was 0-for-3.

Horcoff, who started the game centering Smyth and Radek Dvorak, set a franchise record for the fastest goal a season when he batted the puck past Aebischer in a crowd.

Smyth then tipped a shot by Dvorak past Aebischer just under six minutes later.

``It was close, but we were always down,'' Aebischer said. ``It was one game.''

Goals by Clark and Laaksonen came in the first five shots at Oilers goalie Ty Conklin, who had a 4.87 goals-against average and .830 save percentage in five preseason appearances.

Brisebois beat Conklin on Colorado's 14th shot of the game in the third period to tie the game 3-3.

But Conklin, who finished with 14 saves, stopped Pierre Turgeon at the side of the net in the final minute to preserve the win.

Fans were treated to a glitzy red carpet at the entrance to Rexall Place followed by a 30-minute pre-game ceremony featuring backlit bagpipers, fireworks and a video retrospective of the Oilers glory days.

``I had chills,'' said Horcoff, who spent a portion of the 17-month break because of the lockout playing in the Swedish Elite League. ``How could you not feel energetic after that?''

Notes: Edmonton G Jussi Markkannen is expected to be activated Thursday, having recovered from a broken collarbone. ... The fastest season-opening goal in the NHL was scored at 10 seconds by Kent Nilsson, then of Minnesota, in a 4-4 tie with Quebec on Oct. 11, 1986. Nilsson is now a scout for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:24
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Smith (1)
1 - 0 EDM
05:51
COL
Brett Clark (1) Tip-in - ASST: Robert Boughner (1), Brett McLean (1)
1 - 1 Tie
06:16
EDM
Ryan Smyth (1) Tip-in - ASST: Radek Dvorak (1)
2 - 1 EDM
08:42
COL
Antti Laaksonen (1) Tip-in - ASST: Ian Laperriere (1), Rob Blake (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
16:59
EDM
PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) Slapshot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (1), Ryan Smyth (1)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
12:40
COL
Patrice Brisebois (1) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Pierre Turgeon (1)
3 - 3 Tie
16:42
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Radek Dvorak (2), Ryan Smyth (2)
4 - 3 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
16:30
COL
Joe Sakic  Holding against  Shawn Horcoff
18:35
COL
Patrice Brisebois  Interference against  Shawn Horcoff
18:35
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Aebischer
2nd Period
00:54
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
02:34
COL
Dan Hinote  Boarding against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
08:40
EDM
Igor Ulanov  Interference against  Steve Konowalchuk
16:11
COL
Patrice Brisebois  Holding against  Jarret Stoll
17:33
COL
Andrew Brunette  Delay of game
19:11
EDM
Steve Staios  Interference
3rd Period
05:44
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Delay of game
08:33
COL
Antti Laaksonen  Interference against  Cory Cross
14:35
COL
Joe Sakic  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
goalie stats
David Aebischer
SA: 31TOI: 58:40
Saves: 27EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
SA: 17TOI: 59:57
Saves: 14EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .824SH: 0 - 0
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