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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.
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.
|PPG - Sam Gagner (15) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (17), Linus Omark (14)|
1 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Ryan Jones (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (26), Tom Gilbert (18)|
2 - 0 EDM
|Shawn Horcoff (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Magnus Paajarvi (16), Jordan Eberle (21)|
3 - 0 EDM
|Alexandre Giroux (1) Tip-in - ASST: Linus Omark (15), Sam Gagner (27)|
4 - 0 EDM
|Ryan O'Reilly (6) Wrist shot - ASST: David Jones (14), John-Michael Liles (36)|
4 - 1 EDM
|SHG - Andrew Cogliano (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Liam Reddox (8), Tom Gilbert (19)|
5 - 1 EDM
|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|
|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|
|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)|