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Avalanche 4, Oilers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Tyler Arnason had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche made Ryan Smyth's return to Edmonton successful with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday night.

Jaroslav Hlinka, Wojtek Wolski and Brett Clark also scored for the Avalanche, who signed Smyth to a five-year, $31.25 million free-agent deal this summer.

Smyth had spent his entire career with Edmonton before leaving a trail of tears when the Oilers traded him to the New York Islanders just before the March trade deadline. He didn't get on the scoresheet, but left with a win.

It was the first road victory in five tries this season for the Avalanche (5-4).

Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers (3-6), who have lost six of seven and are winless in five games against Northwest Division rivals.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Arnason stole the puck from defenseman Denis Grebeshkov and went in on a 2-on-1. He chose to shoot and sent a wrister into the top corner past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Oilers tied it a couple minutes later on an odd man break. Edmonton rookie Andrew Cogliano fed Penner for a quick shot that got by Peter Budaj.

The sold-out crowd was still cheering that goal when Colorado scored 23 seconds later as a point shot by John-Michael Liles bounced out to Hlinka, who notched his first NHL goal.

The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead with a late first-period goal by Wolski. He sneaked a puck under a sprawling Roloson, who was trying to cover up with the bottom of his pad.

The Oilers cut the deficit to a goal midway through the third as Sam Gagner fed a pass off of Penner's skate to a pinching Gilbert, who blasted the shot into the back of the net.

Clark scored an empty-netter with 18 seconds left to seal the win for Colorado.

Notes: The Oilers honored a teary-eyed Smyth with a video presentation before the game. Smyth, who spent 12 years with Edmonton, was given a standing ovation. ... The Oilers were without D Joni Pitkanen, out indefinitely with a knee injury sustained in Edmonton's previous game against Calgary. Pitkanen will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Friday. Edmonton was already without another key defenseman, Sheldon Souray, expected to miss three more weeks because of a separated shoulder. ... Joe Sakic notched a first-period assist and needs two points to become the eighth NHL player with 1,600.

scoring summary
1st Period
Tyler Arnason (2) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 COL
Dustin Penner (2) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (5), Sam Gagner (5)
1 - 1 Tie
Jaroslav Hlinka (1) ASST: John-Michael Liles (4), Tyler Arnason (3)
2 - 1 COL
Wojtek Wolski (3) ASST: Jeff Finger (2), Joe Sakic (5)
3 - 1 COL
2nd Period
3rd Period
Tom Gilbert (2) ASST: Dustin Penner (2), Sam Gagner (6)
3 - 2 COL
EN - Brett Clark (1) ASST: Ben Guite (1), Wyatt Smith (1)
4 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Denis Grebeshkov  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
Mathieu Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Mathieu Roy
Jean-Francois Jacques  Slashing against  Jeff Finger
2nd Period
Marty Reasoner  Tripping against  Tyler Arnason
Wojtek Wolski  Hooking against  Shawn Horcoff
3rd Period
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
Scott Hannan  Holding against  Andrew Cogliano
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 21TOI: 59:12
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche and are trademarks of Colorado Avalanche, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.