NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Saturday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff scored third period goals, as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at Pepsi Center.
Smyth and Horcoff each added an assist in the contest and Ales Hemsky chipped in with a tally and a helper as the Oilers have won three of their last four contests.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 37-of-39 shots in the win for Edmonton.
Brad Richardson and Joe Sakic scored goals for Colorado, which has lost two in a row and four of its last five.
Peter Budaj turned aside 25-of-28 shots in defeat for the Avalanche.
With the game tied at one apiece with 7:11 remaining in the game, the Oilers struck for two goals just 20 seconds apart.
The Oilers won the offensive zone faceoff, getting the puck back to the right point to Matt Greene, who took a slap shot that was tipped in by Smyth standing on the doorstep to give the Oilers the 2-1 advantage.
Edmonton wasted little time responding with another tally as 20 ticks later, Smyth picked up a loose puck behind the Colorado net and fed it out in front to Horcoff, who re-directed the feed past Budaj to give the Oilers a 3-1 cushion.
"Our line had lots of chances and put on lots of pressure," Horcoff said. "To come out and get those two quick goals gave us a cushion. I can't tell if Budaj saw either of the two goals."
Colorado skating with the goaltender pulled in favor of the extra attacker, got a tally from Sakic with only 31 ticks left, but the Avalanche couldn't get the equalizer.
Both teams came out playing spirited hockey in the first 10 minutes, highlighted by a fight between Ian Laperriere of Colorado and Greene that saw Greene receive a 10-minute misconduct for instigation.
Colorado got on the scoreboard when Richardson got a wrist shot past Roloson with 7:11 remaining in the opening stanza.
The score remained the same until 7:50 left in the second period. Hemsky brought the puck through the defensive zone of the Avalanche and took a wrist shot in the slot that beat Budaj to tie the game at 1-1.
The Avalanche finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Oilers were 1-5 with the man advantage...Hemsky has a four-game point streak...Richardson scored for the first time in the last 23 games...Mark Rycroft had an assist in the contest, his first point in 15 games.
02/03 20:48:36 ET