Oilers wrap up three-game trip with a loss to Avs

Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

Nail Yakupov got the Oilers on the board 58 seconds in, but three straight goals by the Avalanche spurred the home side to a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center in Denver.


The Oilers raced out to a 1-0 lead only 58 seconds in. Sam Gagner extended his point streak to eight games, feeding Ales Hemsky who burst up the wing on a partial 2-on-1 with Nail Yakupov. No. 83's cross-ice pass connected and Yakupov made no mistake, depositing the puck into the empty cage behind Semyon Varlamov.

Mark Fistric was assessed an interference minor at 6:32, putting the League's 29th-best (2-for-21, 9.5 percent on the season) power-play to work. Relentess pressure by the Avalanche forced Devan Dubnyk to come up with some big saves, but the 6-foot-5 netminder stood tall to preserve his team's lead.

With 10:18 to play, a turnover at the Colorado blue line gave the Avalanche a 3-on-1 back the other way. Matt Duchene led the charge, dishing to Patrick Bordeleau who walked in alone, but Dubnyk made the save as he was bulled over.

Bordeleau was sent off for goaltender interference and the Oilers went on their first power-play of the afternoon. The visitors peppered Varlamov with several high-quality chances, including a goalmouth scramble that Teemu Hartikainen should have scored on, but the 1-0 game remained.

Moments later, the Oilers executed a 3-on-1 that saw Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz work some magic, but the puck didn't bounce their way. Seconds after that, Schultz, who was still down patrolling the goal line, fed a pass to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the doorstep, but his sharp-angle one-timer drifted just wide of the net.

At 15:23, Hartikainen was charged for tripping. The Avs came close once again, but Dubnyk made saves No. 11, 12 and 13 to keep the Oilers in front.

The Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins line went back to work late in the period on an odd-man rush, but Varlamov was there to deny Hall's in-tight chances.

With 20 minutes in the books, the Oilers led 1-0 but were trailing 13-7 in shots.


The Oilers nearly extended to a 2-0 lead near the eight-minute mark when Hartikainen was left all alone in the blue paint, but his shot sailed wide and out of the reach of a charging Nugent-Hopkins.

Edmonton was assessed its third minor penalty of the afternoon at 8:34 when Eric Belanger was sent off for holding. It was extended to a 30-second 5-on-3 when Anton Lander was called for tripping.

Stopping a barrage of shots throughout, Dubnyk was absolutely sensational. Late in the power-play, Avalance defenceman Erik Johnson sifted a long-range wrist shot into the slot. Patrolling the middle, Jamie McGinn got a piece and redirected it on goal. Dubnyk was there, squeezing it undernearth his right arm as he slid off the goal line.

Just as Lander's infraction expired, however, the Avalanche made it a 1-1 game. On a similar play to McGinn's, PA Parenteau redirected a point shot past the goaltender as he cruised through the slot.

The Oilers got a chance to regain the lead with 6:34 to play as David Van Der Gulik was sent off for hooking. The chances were there, but the opportunity passed without incident. As the Av's penalty expired and he got back into the play, McGinn cruised back through the porous Oilers defence to engineer the go-ahead goal at 15:36.


Colorado continued to press in search of its third goal, surprassing the 30-shot mark near the six-minute mark. Dubnyk was strong, still, offering little to the confident Avalanche attack.

Ladislav Smid was assessed a holding minor at 7:27. Needing a kill to stay in the game, the Oilers got it and the 2-1 score remained as the 10-minute mark approached.

The Oilers continued to press for the equalizer, but they couldn't stay out of the box. Justin Schultz was sent off for holding with 6:51 to play. The orange and blue killed that one, too, but time was running out.

With 3:26 to play, the Oilers went on the power-play when Paul Stastny was assessed a minor for delay of game (faceoff violation). The Oilers pulled Dubnyk for an extra-attacker with 2:30 to play to make it a 6-on-4 advantage. As the power-play expired, Stastny raced out of the box and slid the puck into the empty net to secure the win for the Avalanche.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:58EDM Nail Yakupov (5) ASST: Ales Hemsky (2), Sam Gagner (6) 1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
12:07COL PA Parenteau (6) ASST: Jamie McGinn (4), Ryan Wilson (3) 1 - 1 Tie
15:36COL Jamie McGinn (1) ASST: Matt Duchene (6) 2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
18:50COL EN - Paul Stastny (3) ASST: John Mitchell (2), Matt Duchene (7) 3 - 1 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Jamie McGinn
Jamie McGinn
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:33
PA Parenteau
PA Parenteau
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:28
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 25:07
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:32EDM Mark Fistric  Interference against  Paul Stastny
09:42COL Patrick Bordeleau  Interference on goalkeeper against  Devan Dubnyk
15:23EDM Teemu Hartikainen  Tripping against  Jan Hejda
2nd Period
08:34EDM Eric Belanger  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
10:04EDM Anton Lander  Tripping against  Matt Hunwick
13:26COL David Van Der Gulik  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
3rd Period
07:27EDM Ladislav Smid  Holding against  Matt Duchene
13:09EDM Justin Schultz  Holding against  Jamie McGinn
16:40COL Paul Stastny  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/6
Faceoff Wins2331
Blocked Shots1715
Penalty Minutes126
2J. PetryD00-11021:57
4T. HallL0005019:33
5L. SmidD0000221:07
6R. WhitneyD00-20015:05
14J. EberleR00-11020:47
15N. SchultzD0001017:08
16D. HordichukL000003:23
19J. SchultzD0002221:11
20E. BelangerC00-10213:16
37L. PetrellL0000014:14
45M. FistricD0000217:04
56T. HartikainenC0003211:49
57A. LanderC00-10211:46
64N. YakupovR10-13013:38
83A. HemskyR01-13015:20
89S. GagnerC01-12016:42
94R. SmythL00-12015:25
40D. Dubnyk3739.94957:53
3R. O'ByrneD0000016:13
4G. ZanonD0000016:49
6E. JohnsonD0015023:40
7J. MitchellC0120020:49
8J. HejdaD0011017:13
9M. DucheneC0226025:07
11J. McGinnL1125021:33
12C. KobasewR0002012:53
14Van Der GulikL001127:31
15P. ParenteauR1012022:28
22M. HunwickD0012024:17
23M. HejdukR00-16015:08
26P. StastnyC1007220:20
40M. OlverC00-10014:31
43M. SgarbossaC000108:42
44R. WilsonD0110010:43
55C. McLeodL0000012:00
58P. BordeleauL000224:07
1S. Varlamov2526.96259:56