NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Wednesday, February 18th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth finished with a goal and two assists and Tommy Salo made 14 saves to lead Edmonton to a 5-1 win over Colorado at the Pepsi Center.
Igor Ulanov, Steve Staios, Jason Smith and Shawn Horcoff scored for the Oilers, who snapped a three-game winless streak overall (0-2-1) and ended a six-game winless streak in Denver (0-5-1).
"Our strategy tonight was defense first and let the offensive chances come," Smyth said. "Then we could exploit their weaknesses."
Brett Clark scored for the Avalanche, who suffered their second straight loss and lost by four goals for the first time since a 4-0 defeat to Phoenix on October 30, 2000
Late in the first period, Smyth put the Oilers ahead 1-0 on the power play. He beat Phil Sauve with a high wrist shot from the right side of the net.
Early in the second period, Edmonton scored twice in 42 seconds to push its lead to 3-0 and force Sauve from the game.
Ulanov notched his first of the season on a slap shot from the right point at 4:50. Less than a minute later, Staios tipped in a loose puck near Sauve, who returned in the third period and stopped 20 shots for the game.
The Oilers pushed their advantage to 4-0 midway through the period off a faceoff. Smith was credited with the goal, after his shot from the right point deflected off the skate of Colorado defenseman Martin Skoula past David Aebischer.
Edmonton held a 10-4 shot advantage in the second.
Horcoff converted a wrist shot at 7:22 of the third period to put the Oilers ahead 5-0 as he tipped in a loose puck in the crease.
Clark denied Salo his fourth shutout of the season and the 38th of his career with a goal with 30 seconds left in the third.
"This was embarrassing," Sauve said. "We just don't have any excuses."
Jarret Stoll and Jason Chimera both had two assists for the Oilers, who won for the second time in five games in the season series...Aebischer made five saves in the second period for Colorado, which dropped to 7-2-3-2 in its last 14 contests overall...Steve Konowalchuk and Alex Tanguay each posted an assist for the Avalanche, who fell to 6-3-1-1 in their last 11 home games.
02/19 00:37:10 ET