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Oilers 5, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 5, Avalanche 1
Edmonton Oilers 5, Colorado Avalanche 1

DENVER (AP) - Sam Gagner had a goal and two assists, Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots and the Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game with a 5-1 victory over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Alexandre Giroux and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Oilers in a matchup of the two worst teams in the Western Conference.

Ryan O'Reilly had the lone goal for the Avalanche, which has dropped 15 of its last 16 games.

The Oilers jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period, chasing Avs goalie Brian Elliott from the game. Cogliano sealed the win with a short-handed goal 29 seconds into the final period.

Dubnyk started his second straight game in net for the Oilers and turned in another solid showing.

The Oilers received a brief scare when Gagner slid hard into the boards early in the final period. He stayed down on the ice for several minutes before skating to the bench. He would later return.

Edmonton has already lost three of its top scorers this week with the trade of Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings, along with injuries to Ales Hemsky (shoulder) and rookie Taylor Hall (ankle).

With the outcome long decided, the game turned chippy late.

Cody McLeod and Alex Plante mixed it up near the boards, followed by a brief skirmish between David Koci and Steve MacIntyre, earning both players 10-minute misconducts.

The two enforcers had quite a tussle in the second period as each landed several solid punches - one even sending Koci's mouthpiece flying - before being separated and sent to the penalty box to serve five-minute majors.

Horcoff extended the Oilers' lead to 3-0 when he scored 39 seconds into the second period.

Giroux, who was recalled from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League earlier in the day, then tipped in a shot from Linus Omark midway through the period to send Elliott to the bench.

Elliott surrendered four goals on 19 shots in his fourth start since being acquired from Ottawa for Craig Anderson. Peter Budaj took over for Elliott, stopping 11-of-12 shots.

The Avalanche got on the board late in the second period when O'Reilly smacked in a puck from close range. It was his first goal since Jan. 4.

Gagner played a role in both of Edmonton's power-play goals during the first period. He put the Oilers on the board early when he slid in and knocked the puck past Elliott. He set up another goal by tapping a pass to Ryan Jones after Elliott wandered too far out of the crease.

The injuries keep piling up for the banged-up Avalanche, who lost forward Ryan Stoa for at least two weeks after he had an emergency appendectomy Friday.

Stoa has spent most of the season with Lake Erie of the AHL. He was recalled Feb. 18 for a second time this winter and has two goals in 12 games.

Colorado did have captain Adam Foote back on the ice after the veteran defenseman missed 11 games with a leg injury.

When the teams met two weeks ago at Pepsi Center, Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne left after Hall's skate sliced O'Byrne's cheek, a cut so deep it needed 100 stitches to close.

O'Byrne has just started skating with the team again.

"Those injuries are scary," Avs coach Joe Sacco said at the morning skate. "It was fortunate with Ryan that it wasn't a few inches lower, where it could've been a lot worse."

Notes: Foote moved ahead of boyhood hero Borje Salming for 39th place in games played by an NHL defenseman. It was Foote's 1,149th game. ... Avs D John-Michael Liles tied Foote for the most career assists by a defenseman in franchise history. Both have 203.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Sam Gagner (15) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (17), Linus Omark (14)
1 - 0 EDM
PPG - Ryan Jones (14) ASST: Sam Gagner (26), Tom Gilbert (18)
2 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
Shawn Horcoff (9) ASST: Magnus Paajarvi (16), Jordan Eberle (21)
3 - 0 EDM
Alexandre Giroux (1) ASST: Linus Omark (15), Sam Gagner (27)
4 - 0 EDM
Ryan O'Reilly (6) ASST: David Jones (14), John-Michael Liles (36)
4 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
SHG - Andrew Cogliano (11) ASST: Liam Reddox (8), Tom Gilbert (19)
5 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
Alex Plante  Hooking against  Brandon Yip
Ryan Wilson  Hi-sticking against  Linus Omark
Philippe Dupuis  Tripping against  Kurtis Foster
Alex Plante  Cross checking against  Paul Stastny
Brandon Yip  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
2nd Period
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  Steve MacIntyre
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
Jim Vandermeer  Hi-sticking against  Daniel Winnik
Kurtis Foster  Cross checking against  Kevin Porter
3rd Period
Jean-Francois Jacques  Interference on goalkeeper against  Adam Foote
Adam Foote  Roughing against  Jean-Francois Jacques
Jean-Francois Jacques  Roughing against  Peter Budaj
Alex Plante  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Alex Plante
Steve MacIntyre  Misconduct (10 min)
David Koci  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Brian Elliott
SA: 19TOI: 28:36
Saves: 15EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .789SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 12TOI: 31:23
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
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