NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado|
(Wednesday, November 28th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Edmonton 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk scored once and added two helpers
as the Colorado Avalanche overmatched the Edmonton Oilers, skating away with a
4-2 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist, while Brett Clark and Wojtek Wolski each
scored for Colorado, which has won two of three. Peter Budaj made 11 saves in
the win, as the Avalanche faced a season-low 13 shots on net.
Shawn Horcoff and Raffi Torres each scored for Edmonton, which had a two-game
win streak snapped and lost to Colorado for the second time in a week, having
faced a 3-2 setback on November 22. Dwayne Roloson stopped 32-of-36 shots, but
was pulled after two periods for Mathieu Garon, who turned aside all seven
Colorado's win was largely a byproduct of the 43 shots it sent in on
net, the most the Avs have registered all season.
That type of play paid off in the first period, when Colorado raced out to a
2-0 lead with goals 25 seconds apart.
Jaroslav Hlinka registered the initial shot off the right side of the net, but
Roloson got a piece of it. The rebound then bounced to the left of the goal,
where Hejduk was there to poke it in just 4:14 into the game.
Shortly thereafter, Clark took a feed from Hejduk and rifled a slap shot from
between the circles that boosted Colorado to a 2-0 lead at 4:39.
Colorado added another pair of goals in the middle stanza. Sakic started
things with a power-play tally at 8:45, besting Roloson from the top of the
slot, while Wolski scored with 5:22 left to give Colorado a 4-0 lead.
"We knew we got off to a good start. We got some early goals and we set the
tone for the game," Hejduk said. "We put the puck in their zone, kept control
of the game. It was a great game, every line chipped in."
After Roloson was pulled, Garon didn't let a shot by him in the third period.
Edmonton made a mild comeback bid when Torres got the Oilers on the
scoreboard, 8:15 into the stanza.
Horcoff then made things interesting when he scored from the top of the left
circle with 5:49 remaining, but Colorado's lead proved too large to overcome.
"Every time we had the puck tonight, it seems like we turned it over,"
Edmonton forward Kyle Brodziak said. "Look what happened in the third period,
when we decided to hold on to the puck. We got two goals."
Hejduk has four games this season with three points or more...It was Torres'
first goal in 18 games...It was Joel Quenneville's 100th win as Avalanche head
coach...The Oilers' Zachery Stortini recorded his first NHL assist.
11/29 00:42:51 ET