NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Friday, March 28th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Edmonton 4 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic scored the game-tying goal with 5.9 seconds left in regulation and the game-deciding goal in the shootout, as the Colorado Avalanche clipped the Edmonton Oilers, 5-4, at the Pepsi Center.
After the clubs traded goals in the first round of the extra segment, Sakic elevated a backhander over the glove of Dwayne Roloson to put Colorado in front. Sam Gagner's offering was stopped by Jose Theodore and Milan Hejduk sealed the win by snapping a wrister that beat Roloson low on the stick side.
Andrew Brunette posted two goals and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three straight on the heels of a four-game skid. Peter Forsberg had three assists, while Theodore made 27 saves.
"We know how they played last game," Theodore said referring to the last meeting with the Oilers, who came away with a 7-5 win. "They are very good offensively. We did not panic and we stuck with our game."
Colorado pulled into a tie with Dallas and Calgary for the fifth spot in the Western Conference.
Tom Gilbert registered a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight. Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano each had two assists, while Roloson finished with 32 saves.
"We did not give them (Avalanche) a lot," Gilbert said. "We played great in the neutral zone. We now just have to go back to the hotel, get some sleep and play 60 minutes tomorrow. We got to play our game, not worry about others and take it from there."
Edmonton trails Vancouver and Nashville by two points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Trailing 4-3, Sakic collected a loose puck in the slot and shoveled it over the left shoulder of Roloson to draw the Avalanche even with 5.9 seconds left in the third period.
Colorado raced out 2-0 lead, but Edmonton rallied to even the score at the first intermission.
Brunette put the Avalanche on the board at the 7:22 mark. Jeff Finger ripped a shot from the point that glanced off Ryan Smyth's shoulder in the low slot and caromed off the crossbar. The puck then fell in behind Roloson and Brunette, perched at the right side of the net, banged it home. Hejduk notched his team-leading 27th goal of the season 40 seconds later to make it 2-0.
While on the power play, Gilbert gathered a cross-ice pass from Nilsson and lifted the puck over a fallen Theodore to cut the deficit in half with 7:47 remaining. Jarret Stoll knotted the score 1:43 later when he fired a shot from the right point that found room inside the right post.
Curtis Glencross gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 7:54 of the middle stanza. The left winger raced down the left wing and, as he approached the middle of the circle, snapped a wrister past the stick of Theodore and inside the far post.
Brunette's second goal of the night tied the score at three with 8:19 remaining, but Edmonton reclaimed the lead on Gagner's marker with 2:57 left.
Colorado has won eight of its last nine at home...Adam Foote returned to the lineup for Colorado after missing the last three games due to a sore hip...Gilbert (13 goals, 20 assists) broke Paul Coffey's (nine goals, 23 assists) franchise record for points by a rookie defenseman set in the 1980-81 season...Colorado visits Minnesota on Sunday...Edmonton visits Calgary on Saturday.
03/29 00:50:27 ET