Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Avalanche

An in-depth look at the Oilers' 4-1 win against the Avalanche

Saturday, 20.04.2013 / 12:40 AM
Wendy Mach  - edmontonoilers.com

GAME SUMMARY

The Oilers break their six-game losing streak as they defeat the Avalanche 4-1. They jumped out to an early lead as Taylor Hall opened the scoring early in the first period. The Avalanche were able to get one back as P.A. Parenteau beat Devan Dubnyk with a backhander to tie the game 1-1. In the second, the Oilers extended their lead with goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle. The Oilers win the series, four games to win against the Avalanche.

THE TURNING POINT

Just as the Oilers first powerplay expired, Taylor Hall opened the scoring as he picked up his own rebound and lifted the puck up and over Semyon Varlamov to put the Oilers up 1-0.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Jordan Eberle with the spin-o-rama move from the slot threw it on net but was re-directed by Justin Schultz to beat Varlamov as the Oilers re-take the lead 2-1.

THE MVP

It's Jordan Eberle's first multi-point game since Mar. 26 against the St. Louis Blues as Eberle scored one goal and tallied two assists on the night. Eberle was a plus three on the night with two blocks and three shots on net.

THE UNSUNG HERO

Jeff Petry led all Oilers' blueliner with an ice-time of 21:49 despite leaving the game late in the third period. He went to block David Jones' shot but the puck hit a stick and took a high bounce to hit Petry right in the face. In the Oilers' win, Petry had one assist on the night, with four hits and three blocks.

USELESS STAT OF THE DAY

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has scored three of his four goals this year against the Colorado Avalanche. This season, in five games against the Avalanche, Nugent-Hopkins has three goals and four points.

THEY SAID IT

"I was just pissed off after losing six in a row. Nothing was going in for me so it was nice to finally get things going."

- Jordan Eberle

LOOKING AHEAD

The team will fly back home after the game and begin preparations for their back-to-back home series against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday and Monday. The Blackhawks will be in town Wednesday night before they take off for a quick one-game road trip to Minnesota Friday. The Oilers season will wrap up on Sunday when they take on the Vancouver Canucks.

DAILY DIGITS

23 - Hits from the Oilers

24 - Blocked shots by the Oilers (with Petry, Smid, Fistric each blocking four shots)

6 - Game losing streak is broken

86 - Face-off win percentage by Matt Duchene

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