NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Wednesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marek Svatos scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Ian Laperriere scored two goals and had an assist, and Tyler Arnason had a goal and assist for Colorado, which has won six of its last seven games. Peter Budaj made 30 saves for the Avalanche, as the team finished its five-game homestand 4-1-0.
Kyle Brodziak, Ales Hemsky, and Dick Tarnstrom all scored goals for Edmonton, which extended its losing streak to four games. Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves, as the Oilers suffered their first shootout loss of the season.
After a scoreless overtime, the Avalanche shot first in the shootout, and Wojtek Wolski scored to give Colorado the edge. Edmonton's Sam Gagner failed on a backhand shot as the Oilers' first skater.
Roloson stuffed Ryan Smyth's attempt, a quick move of the puck from right to left before shooting, in the Avalanche's second attempt. Edmonton didn't capitalize on the chance, as Hemsky missed his shot.
Joe Sakic had his shot bounce off the pipe, keeping the Oilers' hopes alive, and Raffi Torres took advantage, firing a shot through Budaj's five-hole.
On the next round of shooters, Svatos fired a shot just over Roloson's glove on his left hand. The Oilers' Marty Reasoner fired a shot off the left post, preserving the Avalanche win.
That the contest went into a shootout contrasted with the first period, in which the teams combined to score five goals.
Laperriere got the Avalanche on the board first, off an assist from Jeff Finger, 3:46 into the game. It was his first goal in 23 games, dating back to last season.
Just over four minutes later, Edmonton tied the game, as Brodziak punched in a beautiful pass from Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano snaked through the Colorado zone through the slot, heading from left to right. As he approached the net, he fired a quick pass left to Brodziak, who quickly shot it past Budaj.
Arnason scored next for Colorado, just under four minutes later, on an assist from Andrew Brunette. Just 34 seconds later, Tarnstrom tied the game again, 2-2, deflecting a slapshot from Tom Gilbert, who fired the puck in from the right point.
Hemsky broke the tie 1:09 later during a power play, skating through the neutral zone and into Colorado's, ringing a shot past Budaj from the edge of the right circle. That gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead heading into the second period, which turned out to be scoreless.
But just more than two minutes into the third period, Laperriere notched his second goal of the game. Arnason passed the puck just over the top of the crease, as Laperriere skated in. Laperriere tipped it in from the right side, a split-second before bowling over Roloson.
"I just crashed the net, hoping for the best, and I got it to tip in," Laperriere said. "I did not want to get (Roloson)."
The 3-3 tie lasted for more than 20 more minutes of game time, as goaltender play became critical. Especially in overtime, the Avalanche skaters fired shot after shot on Roloson, who frequently covered up to stop play and preserve the tie.
"We were back on our heels, and he made some great saves," Oilers center Jarret Stoll said.
Sakic snapped his eight-game assist/point streak, the longest in the NHL this season...Hemsky has five goals and two assists in his last seven games for the Oilers...Wolski played in his 100th NHL game...Tarnstrom's first goal of the season was also his first in 28 games.
11/08 01:03:58 ET