|Jarret Stoll #16 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 13, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)|
The Avalanche got the game's first scoring chances, dominating early. Hejduk set up Hlinka at the bottom of the right circle and his shot just missed the mark.
About 30 seconds later, Joe Sakic had a pair of shots on goal in the opening two minutes but Garon stopped both opportunities.
Past the midway point of the period, Colorado continued on the attack. Scott Hannan's blast from the left point was kicked out by Garon. The rebound went to Hlinka but he narrowly missed on his chance.
With 1:08 left in the opening period, Colorado scored to take a 1-0 lead. Robert Nilsson's stick broke in the neutral zone which helped Colorado set up in the Edmonton zone.
Jaroslav Hlinka fed the puck over to Jeff Finger at the right circle. He fired it over Garon for the game's first goal.
Finger had another chance seconds later when his shot rang off the goal post. Garon then made a nice glove save on David Jones.
Shots on goal after one period were 10-4 for Colorado.
The second period started much like the first, with Colorado on the attack. However, this time they converted. Jaroslav Hlinka broke into the Oilers zone and fired a wrister from 40 feet out that beat Garon high 18 seconds into the middle frame.
Matt Greene took the game's first penalty 2:02 into the second, setting the stage for Colorado's third goal of the night.
With 30 seconds to go in the man advantage, Tyler Arnason one-timed a cross-ice pass from Joe Sakic. Garon couldn't get across in time.
About a minute later, Staios shoved an Avs attacker into Garon which shook up the Oilers goaltender. He was replaced in net by Dwayne Roloson.
It only took the Oilers 17 seconds to capitalize on their first power play of the night. Following a too many men on the ice penalty, Gagner and Hemsky rushed up ice. Sauer swiped his stick at the puck while it was on Hemsky's stick and managed to direct it on goal. Budaj was forced to make the initial shot but Gagner pounced on the rebound and fired it in to make it 3-1.
A scrum in front of the Oilers net in the latter half of the second period resulted in Ladislav Smid receiving a roughing penalty.
Colorado clicked on the ensuing power play with David Jones quickly redirecting a pass from the top of the crease past Roloson.
1:35 later, Ian Lapperiere sprung Wojtek Wolski on a breakaway with a nice pass through the neutral zone. He deked out Roloson with a nice backhand move.
Hemsky had a breakaway in the final minute of the second but his shot went wide as he tried to go low blocker. Wolski took a tripping penalty on the play, putting Edmonton up a man for the third time.
Shots after two periods were 25-12 in favour of the Avalanche.
Marc Pouliot had a pair of scoring chances eight minutes into the third period. His first shot was stopped by Budaj and he just missed the net on his backhand rebound attempt.
NOTES: Joni Pitkanen (flu) did not play tonight. Mathieu Roy drew back in the lineup in his place.