NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Edmonton
(Thursday, November 30th)
Final Score: Colorado 7, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Tyler Arnason tallied two goals and added an assist, and Marek Svatos also scored two goals, as the Colorado Avalanche buried the Edmonton Oilers, 7-3, at Rexall Place.
John Michael Liles had a three-point night for Colorado, netting a goal and two assists, while Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three of four and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Oilers.
Joe Sakic, skating in his 70th game against Edmonton, added two assists. Peter Budaj stopped 21-of-24 shots between the pipes.
Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Smyth and Jarret Stoll scored for Colorado, who finished a six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record. Dwayne Roloson allowed six goals on 20 shots before he was replaced in the second period by Jussi Markkanen, who stopped eight of nine.
The Oilers were without right wing Ales Hemsky, who injured his right shoulder in the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim.
Though Edmonton scored first, Colorado opened a 4-2 lead in the first period.
The scoring started just 1:22 in, after Svatos knocked a shot off the post for the Avs. Raffi Torres collected the rebound and went the other way, finding Lupul for a two-on-one. Lupul finished the play with a tap-in directed under the glove of Budaj. The score was Lupul's 100th career NHL point.
Liles tied the game at 4:55, rifling a shot from the left circle that trickled past Roloson and across the line.
Colorado tallied again several minutes later to take the lead. The Oilers couldn't get the puck out of the zone, and Arnason made them pay, roofing it over the netminder to make it 2-1 at 7:35.
Edmonton quickly responded, as Shawn Horcoff dropped a pass to Smyth, who skated in alone, beating Budaj through the five-hole to tie it up at 2-2.
Then, with just over five minutes to go in the opening stanza, both teams received off-setting minors for having too many men on the ice.
The four-on-four play resulted in another Colorado goal, as Liles ripped a shot from the right point and Paul Stastny tipped it past Roloson. Arnason then finished off the first period barrage, scoring his second of the night on a shot from the top of the left circle.
Colorado netted a power-play tally just 34 seconds into the second period, as Hejduk rifled a shot into the back of the net to give the Avs a three- goal lead.
They struck again just over nine minutes later to make it 6-2, as Svatos knocked the puck out of the air and into the net with a backhand shot. The tally marked the end of Roloson's night between the pipes.
The Avs increased their lead to 7-2 just 3:34 into the final period. Svatos created a turnover in the neutral zone before skating in alone on Markkanen, beating him with a wrister.
Jarret Stoll added a late goal for the Oilers to make it 7-3. Petr Sykora got the assist, dishing to Stoll in front, who used a backhand shot to light the lamp.
With 1:38 to play in the game, Smyth flattened Brad Richardson with a hit at the Avalanche blueline. Richardson was assisted off the ice...Lupul has played in 180 games. He has 49 goals and 51 assists...The Oilers lost back-to-back home games for just the second time this season...The last time Colorado scored seven goals against the Oilers was October 21, 2005 in Edmonton. The final score of that game was 7-1.
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