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NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado



(Friday, January 16th)

Final Score: Edmonton 3, Colorado 2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Shawn Horcoff's third period tally was the difference, and the Edmonton Oilers narrowly edged the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at the Pepsi Center.

Steve Staios and Tom Gilbert also scored for the Oilers, who have won three of four. Mathieu Garon made 37 saves, as Edmonton snapped a five-game road losing streak to the Avalanche.

Tyler Arnason and T.J. Hensick provided the offense for Colorado, which has lost three straight after a three-game win streak. Andrew Raycroft allowed all three goals on 37 shots to take the loss.

"(Raycroft) played really well tonight, and he kept us in it," said Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles. "He came on strong in the second, but it was not the start we wanted to get tonight. We need to find some new ways to score, not just special teams, but even (strength) too."

The Oilers got on the board quickly, as Staios notched his second goal of the season just 2:10 into the contest.

Colorado tied the score on Arnason's third of the year at 16:22, but Gilbert put Edmonton back ahead on a power-play goal with just 37 seconds to go in the opening period.

"I'm usually not around that spot," Gilbert said. "But that's what happened when I was there for that shot on the point. It was good to get that one off my shoulders."

The Avs tied the game again in the second, as Hensick streaked down the right side of the ice and fired a wrist shot past Garon at the 12:28 mark.

A frantic sequence of events led to the Oilers' game-winning goal in the third. Raycroft came out to play a puck outside of the crease, but his pass went right to an Edmonton player. Raycroft quickly found himself out of position, and Horcoff scored from a wide angle with 6:35 left to play.

"It was one of those things that happened. I wanted to get there as quick as I could," Horcoff said. "I tried to kick it away from under (Raycroft), it got loose, luckily, it went to (Gilbert), and he made a nice play."

Raycroft was pulled with 1:13 left in an attempt to equalize the game, but several Colorado offensive chances were unsuccessful, and the Oilers skated away with the win.

Game Notes

Garon appeared in his 200th career NHL game...The season series is tied, 2-2...Colorado began an eight-game homestand Friday and will also host Calgary twice, Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto, Anaheim and Dallas...Edmonton will begin a six-game homestand following Friday's game and will host Phoenix, Columbus, Buffalo, Minnesota, Nashville and Chicago...Raycroft has lost two straight starts after winning his previous seven.

01/17 00:20:20 ET


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