Oilers rookie centre Sam Gagner celebrates his second period goal.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Colorado got off to a fast start as Tyler Arnason scored 27 seconds into the game to give the Avalanche the lead.
The Avalanche carried the play to start the game, outshooting Edmonton 5-1 in the early going.
Mathieu Roy and Ian Lapperiere dropped the gloves five minutes in as the two division rivals re-acquainted themselves early. Both combatants got plenty of punches in as they fought to a draw. Mathieu Roy seemed to be favouring his hand after the fight as it was bleeding.
Marek Svatos almost gave the Avs a two-goal lead when he had the puck alone in the slot. His attempted backhand went just wide of the goal.
Joe Sakic got on the scoresheet 12:53 into the opening period in his first game back after a lengthy injury. Sakic fed the puck to Wojtek Wolski who threw the puck in front of the net. Ben Guite jammed the puck low past Garon for the 2-0 marker.
Sam Gagner almost got Edmonton on the board with 1:32 left in the first. After getting a nice pass from Glencross, he carried the puck to the front of the net and had Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore at his mercy but couldn't jam the puck in as the players gathered around the crease area.
After one period, shots on goal were 11-6 in favour of Colorado.
The Avalanche took a penalty 2:22 into the second period, giving Edmonton a power play with a chance to get back in the game.
16 seconds after the penalty expired, Gagner scored to make it 2-1. Hemsky took the initial shot which was kicked out by Theodore but Gagner was perched right on the doorstep to put the rebound into the open net.
Neither team managed a shot on goal for the next three minutes until Glencross scored his second as an Oiler to tie the game at 2-2. Kyle Brodziak threaded the puck across the slot to Glencross who roofed it past an outstretched Jose Theodore.
Glencross took a penalty about four minutes after his goal but the Oilers were able to kill it off.
Shots were even at 14-14 after 40 minutes of play.
Colorado came out flying to start the third period, outshooting Edmonton 8-2 through the first seven minutes.
However, it was Edmonton that scored to take a 3-2 lead at the 7:29 mark. Andrew Cogliano used his speed to chase down a puck through the neutral zone that was dumped down by Robert Nilsson. He skated in on the right side before wristing a shot past Theodore for the goal.
After an icing call, Edmonton's tired skaters were forced to take a penalty as Colorado was pressuring to tie the game. Matt Greene was sent off for hooking, putting the Oilers' penalty killers to the test.
With 40 seconds left in the penalty, John-Michael Liles fired a shot from the left circle that was kicked out by Garon but it went right on the stick of Avs leading scorer Paul Stastny. Fortunately for Edmonton, Stastny was unable to gain control of the puck to take advantage of the gaping cage.
That was the Avs' best chance as Edmonton held on for the win.
NOTES: Moreau left the game with what looked to be an injured foot. He will have X-Rays and be re-evaluated... Gagner's goal extended his scoring streak to nine consecutive games. The Oilers record for consecutive game scoring streak by a rookie is 11 set by Miroslav Satan in 1995-96. It's also the second-longest scoring streak for a rookie in the NHL this season (Jonathan Toews, 10)... Moreau played his 500th game as an Oiler tonight.
Curtis Glencross scores to tie the game at 2-2 in the second period.
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