NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Thursday, March 19th)
Final Score: Edmonton 8, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Sam Gagner scored his first career hat trick and registered an assist as the Edmonton Oilers embarrassed the Colorado Avalanche, 8-1, at Pepsi Center.
Ales Kotalik had a goal and three helpers, while Ethan Moreau and Sheldon Souray each added a goal and an assist apiece for Edmonton, which was able to feed off a 2-1 shootout win over St. Louis on Tuesday. The Oilers won for only the third time in their last eight games, but have earned at least a point in six straight (3-0-3).
"This is a special win," Gagner said. "We really need these points now. This is a big celebration for me. Hat tricks do not come easy in this league. It was good to get this one. It was a lot easier than the few games before."
Shawn Horcoff and Fernando Pisani also lit the lamp for the Oilers, who improved to 18-15-3 on the road this season and claimed back-to-back victories for the first time since putting together a three-game winning streak from February 11-16.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 26-of-27 shots in earning the win.
Cody McLeod accounted for the Colorado goal. The Avalanche suffered their third straight loss and have dropped 10 of 13 overall.
Peter Budaj allowed eight goals on only 24 shots in suffering the loss.
"I am speechless. I do not know what to say," Avalanche right winger Ian Laperriere said. "Everyone on this team is embarrassed. We just go day-by-day now. I am out of words right now."
Moreau got the scoring started 4:02 into the opening period when he shoveled home a rebound to give the Oilers the early advantage. However, McLeod's tally from in close on the right side beat Roloson along the ice to tie things at 1-1 less than 2 1/2 minutes later.
Horcoff's power-play marker near the midway point of the first put Edmonton back in front by a goal.
In the second, the Oilers struck for two goals just over a minute apart. First, Pisani took a pass from Liam Reddox in the middle slot and fired a wrister past Budaj on the stick side with 5:25 to go in the frame. Then Gagner put one home from in tight to up the visitors margin to 4-1, just 1:04 later.
Kotalik's tap-in of a Gagner pass at 9:22 of the third ballooned the Oilers advantage to four. The two then hooked up for another tally nearly three minutes later, but this time it was Kotalik setting up Gagner for his second of the game, a power-play goal.
Souray's blast from the left point surprised Budaj over the shoulder with 3:17 left in the third and it got worse for the hosts as Gagner completed the hat trick 37 seconds later.
Edmonton will resume its three-game road trip at Chicago on Friday, while the Avalanche visit San Jose on Sunday....Avs right wing Chris Stewart left after the second period with a head injury and did not return...Both teams have split six meetings this season. Despite the brutal loss, the Avalanche are 9-5-0 overall against Edmonton since the start of the 2007-08 campaign...Kotalik scored his first goal since being acquired by Edmonton from Buffalo at the NHL trade deadline on March 4.
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