Oilers drop season finale in overtime
|The Oilers celebrate after Liam Reddox scores in the second period of play. (Photo by Getty Images)
David Jones scored with 1:03 left in overtime to lift the Colorado Avalanche over the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on the final day of the NHL Regular Season.
Scoring his first goal of the season, Liam Reddox
tallied for the Oilers as well as Teemu Hartikainen
while Nikolai Khabibulin
turned away 21 shots in a losing cause. Linus Omark
had a pair of assists.
25 seconds into the game, Mark Olver took an interference penalty to give Edmonton an early power play and they capitalized quickly.
Just over a minute into the man advantage and 1:26 into the game, Teemu Hartikainen
converted a feed from Linus Omark
to score his third goal of the season and give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, the Avalanche scored to tie the game at 1-1. David Jones spun in the offensive zone before throwing it to Ryan O'Reilly in the slot. He made no mistake, firing it past Khabibulin to even it up.
Less than a minute after that, Colorado struck again to extend their lead to 2-1. Philippe Dupuis skated in and rifled it past the Oilers netminder for the go-ahead marker.
Edmonton took its first penalty of the game just past the seven-minute mark - Chris VandeVelde
was sent off for hooking - but the Oilers were able to kill it off.
Late in the period, it looked like Colorado had taken a two-goal lead after Daniel Winnik's wraparound attempt slid under the pad of Khabibulin just inside the post. After video review, it was ruled as inconclusive with no clear view of the puck having crossed the goal line.
After one period, shots on goal were 12 to 6 for the Avalanche. They were doubling Edmonton up on the scoreboard as well, 2-1.
Matt Duchene took a tripping penalty five minutes into the second period and it only took the Oilers 12 seconds to convert and tie the game at 2-2.
took a feed from Magnus Paajarvi
just inside the blueline in the high slot area and blasted it past Budaj for the goal. Hartikainen stood in front for the screen.
An Adam Foote clearing attempt was intercepted by Ryan O'Marra
and then picked up by Ryan Jones
. Jones fed the puck to Liam Reddox
. He fired it on net and Budaj got a piece of it but not enough as it trickled in past him and just over the line. The goal was the first for Reddox since February 2009.
With a minute to go in the period, Theo Peckham
absolutely lined up and obliterated Matt Duchene at the blueline. Ryan Wilson immediately went after the OIlers defenceman and the two dropped the gloves for a brief fight. Peckham received two minutes for elbowing for his play on Duchene.
Heading into the second intermission, Edmonton had a 3-2 lead while both teams were even on the shot clock 16-16.
30 seconds into the final frame, Colorado tied the game. Milan Hejduk dished the puck to Duchene and the winger then found Hejduk in the slot to complete the nice give-and-go. Hejduk made no mistake, shooting it glove side past Khabibulin.
After the goal, Edmonton stepped it up defensively, only allowing two more Colorado shots through the next 17 minutes but the Oilers were unable to generate much in the way of offence themselves with their six shots on net during the same timeframe.
Shots on goal at the end of regulation were 25 to 21 for Edmonton.
Edmonton carried the play through the first three minutes of extra time, outshooting Colorado three to one with the majority of the play down in the Avalanche zone. Adam Foote, playing his final game, earned a loud ovation for his mandhandling of Teemu Hartikainen
in the corner.
With 1:49 to go, Liam Reddox
took a tripping penalty to put Colorado on the power play for the final two minutes of OT.
On the man advantage, David Jones picked up a loose puck in front of the net after Khabibulin kicked out a Duchene shot. Jones made no mistake, backhanding the puck in to give Colorado the win.
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