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Colorado Avalanche 7, Edmonton Oilers 1 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Colorado Avalanche 7, Edmonton Oilers 1 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 7, Edmonton Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season. The Colorado Avalanche didn't need his added offense against the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

Hejduk scored two of Colorado's four goals in the second period of a 7-1 victory that was the Oilers' sixth straight loss.

``It definitely helps when you score two goals on your first game back,'' said Hejduk, a 29-year-old native of the Czech Republic who missed the entire preseason and first six games of the regular season following surgery on his right knee.

Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville called Hejduk a ``tricky player.''

``He upgrades the whole team,'' he said.

Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen gave up three goals on 13 shots before being lifted. Ty Conklin, his replacement, allowed four goals on 11 shots in the second period, forcing Markkanen back in the game for the final 20 minutes.

There was a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place.

``I am numb,'' Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. ``The plays we were making were tragic to comical.''

John-Michael Liles had two of Colorado's three goals in the first period when the Oilers allowed a season-high 16 shots.

``That first period was the best we played all year,'' Quenneville said. ``So many things across the board are what we are looking for.''

Pierre Turgeon scored on a power play in the first period and Steve Konowalchuk and Patrice Brisebois added goals in the second for Colorado, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

David Aebischer made 21 saves for his second win.

After failing to score on a 1:32 two-man advantage in the third period, Ethan Moreau broke Aebischer's shutout bid with a goal at 9:11.

The Oilers finished 1-for-6 on the power play to slide to 2-for-37 in their last six games. Colorado finished 3-for-8 with the man advantage.

Oilers forward Ryan Smyth returned for spot duty after missing six games with a sprained left knee.

Smyth said the team is in a big funk after starting the season 3-0.

``We were embarrassed,'' Smyth said. ``We need to simplify things and get back to the basics of hockey. ``We've got to stop the bleeding.''

Notes: The Oilers sold out their October home games for the first time in 21 seasons. ... Edmonton, which beat the Avalanche 4-3 on opening night, lost 7-0 at home to Chicago on Feb. 1, 1995.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:53
COL
PPG - Pierre Turgeon (2) ASST: Patrice Brisebois (2), John-Michael Liles (6)
1 - 0 COL
09:42
COL
John-Michael Liles (3) ASST: Pierre Turgeon (4), Ian Laperriere (3)
2 - 0 COL
14:09
COL
John-Michael Liles (4) ASST: Milan Hejduk (1), Alex Tanguay (8)
3 - 0 COL
2nd Period
01:02
COL
Milan Hejduk (1) ASST: Joe Sakic (4), Rob Blake (5)
4 - 0 COL
10:22
COL
Steve Konowalchuk (2) ASST: Brett McLean (3), Andrew Brunette (2)
5 - 0 COL
15:57
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (2) ASST: Brett Clark (1), Rob Blake (6)
6 - 0 COL
18:47
COL
PPG - Patrice Brisebois (3) ASST: Pierre Turgeon (5), Wojtek Wolski (4)
7 - 0 COL
3rd Period
09:11
EDM
PPG - Ethan Moreau (2) ASST: Michael Peca (3), Ales Hemsky (5)
7 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:38
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Holding
07:59
COL
Steve Konowalchuk  Roughing
07:59
EDM
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Steve Konowalchuk
11:13
COL
John-Michael Liles  Hi-sticking against  Fernando Pisani
15:07
EDM
Jani Rita  Roughing against  Brad May
15:07
EDM
Georges Laraque  Roughing against  Brad May
15:07
COL
Brad May  Roughing against  Georges Laraque
2nd Period
01:47
COL
Pierre Turgeon  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ty Conklin
04:47
EDM
Georges Laraque  Hooking
09:01
COL
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
09:01
EDM
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
11:36
EDM
Alexei Semenov  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
11:36
EDM
Alexei Semenov  Elbowing against  Ian Laperriere
11:36
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Alexei Semenov
14:45
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Delaying the game
17:18
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Aebischer
3rd Period
00:43
COL
Steve Konowalchuk  Hooking
01:11
COL
Rob Blake  Closing hand on puck
08:00
COL
Patrice Brisebois  Tripping against  Jani Rita
11:55
COL
John-Michael Liles  Interference against  Ales Hemsky
16:03
EDM
Georges Laraque  Roughing
18:04
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Tripping against  Steve Konowalchuk
goalie stats
David Aebischer
SA: 22TOI: 59:55
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
SA: 14TOI: 25:46
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Jussi Markkanen
Jussi Markkanen
SA: 18TOI: 34:07
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
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