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Oilers 7, Avalanche 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Oilers 7, Avalanche 5
Colorado Avalanche 5, Edmonton Oilers 7
 

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Sam Gagner scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers edged closer to Colorado in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 7-5 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Dustin Penner, Fernando Pisani, Kyle Brodziak, Marty Reasoner and Marc Pouliot also scored for the Oilers.

Tyler Arnason, Ruslan Salei, Wojtek Wolski, Milan Hejduk and John-Michael Liles responded for the Avalanche.

It was the 11th win in the last 14 outings for the Oilers (38-33-5) who moved to just three points back of Colorado for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche (39-31-6) went winless on its three-game road trip and has lost four straight.

The Oilers got their crowd energized early, scoring on their first shot 50 seconds in. Ales Hemsky fed a pass through Avalanche defender Jeff Finger to Penner who beat Jose Theodore for his 21st of the season.

Edmonton took a two-goal lead midway through the opening frame as Hemsky made a behind-the-back pass to Gagner, who rifled the puck past Theodore.

Pisani made it 3-0 late in the first and Peter Budaj came in to replace Theodore.

The Avalanche cut into the lead five minutes into the second as Arnason sent a backhanded chip shot in off Dwayne Roloson's shoulder.

Edmonton restored its three-goal advantage when Brodziak scored on a breakaway, tucking the puck under Budaj's arm.

Colorado caught a break early in the third as Salei's long dump-in from the point caromed off the knee of Oiler defender Denis Grebeshkov and through Roloson's legs to make it 4-2.

Joe Sakic set up a goal by Wolski and then Hejduk knotted the score 35 seconds later.

The Oilers regained the lead 18 seconds later. Pouliot came out from behind the net and swatted in a rebound for his first of the season.

The 18-year-old Gagner made it a two-goal lead again, but with 2:42 left Liles made it 6-5, when his pass from a tough angle hit defenseman Tom Gilbert and went into the Oilers' net.

Reasoner was awarded a goal with 10 seconds remaining even though the puck didn't go in. He was hooked by Paul Stastny while going in with a clear shot at an empty net.

Notes: Sakic's second-period assist was the 1,000th of his career. He currently leads all active players and became just the 11th player in NHL history to record 1,000 helpers.... Colorado center Peter Forsberg missed another game with a groin injury. ... Roloson made his fifth consecutive start for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:50
EDM
Dustin Penner (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (45), Joni Pitkanen (16)
1 - 0 EDM
11:30
EDM
Sam Gagner (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (46), Denis Grebeshkov (14)
2 - 0 EDM
14:29
EDM
Fernando Pisani (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc-Antoine Pouliot (5), Marty Reasoner (13)
3 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
04:58
COL
PPG - Tyler Arnason (10) Backhand shot - ASST: David Jones (4), Joe Sakic (21)
3 - 1 EDM
09:14
EDM
Kyle Brodziak (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Joni Pitkanen (17), Steve Staios (8)
4 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
01:43
COL
Ruslan Salei (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (22), Paul Stastny (41)
4 - 2 EDM
03:41
COL
Wojtek Wolski (17) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Sakic (22), Andrew Brunette (35)
4 - 3 EDM
04:16
COL
Milan Hejduk (23) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (21), Paul Stastny (42)
4 - 4 Tie
04:34
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (14), Fernando Pisani (8)
5 - 4 EDM
10:48
EDM
Sam Gagner (12) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (47), Dustin Penner (23)
6 - 4 EDM
17:18
COL
John-Michael Liles (5) Deflected shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 5 EDM
19:50
EDM
EN - Marty Reasoner (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
7 - 5 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
03:11
EDM
Steve Staios  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
03:11
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Staios
07:58
COL
David Jones  Hooking against  Marty Reasoner
09:19
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hannan
14:55
EDM
Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
14:55
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
18:56
EDM
Joni Pitkanen  Cross checking against  Ryan Smyth
2nd Period
04:41
EDM
Sam Gagner  Hooking against  Wojtek Wolski
06:20
COL
David Jones  Slashing against  Robert Nilsson
15:51
COL
Ryan Smyth  Boarding against  Denis Grebeshkov
3rd Period
06:38
COL
Jordan Leopold  Cross checking against  Curtis Glencross
08:13
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Slashing against  Ruslan Salei
14:11
EDM
Matt Greene  Closing hand on puck
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 45:12
Saves: 17EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .850SH: 0 - 0
José Théodore
SA: 8TOI: 14:29
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .625SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .853SH: 0 - 0
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