|Sam Gagner #89 of the Edmonton Oilers keeps the puck away from Wojtek Wolski #8 of the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center March 28, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)|
Edmonton's lone shootout marker was scored by Robert Nilsson.
Pouliot almost scored four minutes into the game after a nice setup pass from Reasoner but the puck hopped over his stick.
Moments later, Reasoner took a penalty for holding the stick to give Colorado the game's first power play.
40 seconds after the Reasoner penalty, Pisani was sent off for hooking to make it a five-on-three disadvantage for the Oilers.
Roloson did a good job keeping the puck out of the net throughout both power plays but just as the Pisani penalty expired the Avalanche scored before the Oilers forward could get back in the play.
Jeff Finger's shot was tipped on its way to the net by Ryan Smyth. The puck went off the shoulder of Roloson and hit the crossbar. Andrw Brunette was stationed at the right side of the net where he put the puck in.
40 seconds later, the Avs connected on a three-way passing play to take a 2-0 lead. Stastny dished the puck over to Forsberg who fed Milan Hejduk in front. He made no mistake, wristing it five-hole past Roloson for the goal.
Near the midway point of the period, Hemsky made a great move to pass the puck over to Dustin Penner in the slot. Penner had the entire net to shoot at but Theodore got his glove on it.
On that same play, Adam Foote took a hooking penalty to put the Oilers on the power play for the first time and it only took them eight seconds to score.
Robert Nilsson made a great pass across the slot right on the stick of Tom Gilbert who flicked it past Theodore for the goal.
2:43 later, Jarret Stoll blasted a shot from the right point past Theodore to tie the game up at 2-2.
Shots on goal after one period were even at 12-12.
Curtis Glencross scored in the second period to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead over Colorado. He skated into the zone on the rush and fired it blocker side out of the reach of Theodore.
A penalty to Adam Foote gave the Oilers their second power play of the night but this time they were unable to convert.
When Foote came out of the box, Colorado pinned Edmonton deep in their end. Foote plastered Pitkanen against the side boards causing the Oilers defenceman to lose his stick. That set the stage for Forsberg to thread a pass to Brunette. His shot beat Roloson to tie the game up.
Late in the second, Sam Gagner scored to give Edmonton a 4-3 lead. Gagner pounced on his own rebound to one-time it off the far post and in behind Theodore.
Shots on goal after two periods were 23 to 19 for the Oilers.
Edmonton came flying out of the gate to start the third period. Penner and Hemsky skated in on a two-on-one which ended with Hemsky ringing a shot off the post.
Colorado started to press for the equalizer just past the midway point of the third period. Brunette came within inches of scoring when in front of the net but couldn't get his stick on the backhand attempt to sneak it past Roloson.
On that same play, Robert Nilsson took a hooking penalty but Edmonton was able to kill it off.
Right after the penalty expired, Brodziak found Pisani in front of the net. He just missed on his backhand attempt before being tackled into the post by Ruslan Salei.
Colorado had another opportunity to score a few minutes later after Sakic stripped Pitkanen of the puck in the slot then rang his shot off the post.
In the final minute, Colorado scored to tie the game at 4-4. Joe Sakic picked up the puck at the top of the crease and wristed it top corner through traffic.
Shots on goal after regulation time were 31 to 30 for the Avalanche.
Nilsson and Cogliano opened in overtime for the Oilers and almost connected for the game winner. Nilsson found Cogliano in front of the net but he just missed on his shot.
NOTES: With a goal and an assist, Tom Gilbert set a new record for Oilers rookie defencemen with his 33rd point. He surpassed Paul Coffey who had 32 points in the 1980-81. Gilbert also added to his rookie goal record with his 13th goal... Every Oiler who scored tonight netted their 13th goal of the season.