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Oilers 4, Avalanche 3,SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:15 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 4, Avalanche 3,SO
Edmonton Oilers 4, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) - Not even a muffed shot on a shootout scoring attempt could ruin the spirits of Edmonton's Ryan Smyth.

Sergei Samsonov scored the lone shootout goal on the first attempt in the tiebreaker to help the Oilers beat Colorado 4-3 on Sunday night, leaving the Avalanche tied for first place in the Northwest Division.

After Samsonov scored, Edmonton's Michael Peca and Smyth failed to get the puck past Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj.

"We needed this one badly," Smyth said. "Right now two points are better than one."

Jarret Stoll and Steve Staios also scored in regulation for the Oilers, third in the division - two points behind Colorado and Calgary.

"We all know what's going on here and we maintain getting points, especially teams that are right there with us," said Smyth, who scored the first goal of the game for Edmonton. "We had our chances and we still won in a shootout."

The Oilers' Dwayne Roloson stopped Antti Laaksonen, Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic in the shootout after making 31 saves in regulation and overtime. Oilers coach Craig MacTavish pondered using another goalie a day after Edmonton had beaten Vancouver 3-2.

"My mindset all along with Roloson was that I was going to take my reads from last night's game and determine how many shots he faced, what the result was, and his makeup coming through that," MacTavish said. "After last night's game, I knew I was going to play him tonight."

The Avalanche had much more to stew about, missing a chance to move past Calgary for first place in the division.

"It's tough when you don't need a lot of goals to win and don't," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "But we did get three out of four points this weekend, and we're tied for first place."

Hejduk, Andrew Brunette and Jim Dowd scored goals for the Avalanche.

Stoll broke a 2-2 tie at 3:51 of the third period, deflecting a shot from Raffi Torres between Budaj's pads. Dowd tied it at 3 with his fifth season, scoring off a cross ice pass from Brad May.

"It was just one of those things you just keep going," Dowd said. This is a pressure type team they want to go without giving up on the defensive side."

Colorado spotted Edmonton a 1-0 lead on Smyth 33rd goal of the season, but led 2-1 after the first period. Smyth deflected a shot from the right point past Budaj's stick to put the Oilers ahead 1-0. The power-play goal at 4:28 snapped Colorado's streak of not allowing a goal at home at 125 minutes, 50 seconds.

Brunette and Hejduk scored off rebounds. Roloson stopped John-Michael Liles' shot from in front of the crease, but it went right back to Brunette, who snapped it back in for his 19th goal at 6:49.

Hejduk scored at 14:55 after Brett Clark's slap shot from the right point was stopped. Hejduk skated around a pileup in front of the net and flipped the puck over Roloson.

Staios sent a slap shot off the left skate Colorado defenseman Karlis Skrastins' in the last minute of the second period to it at 2. Edmonton controlled play for most of the period despite being outshot 8-6.

Notes: The game was the 100th meeting between the two teams. ... Edmonton is 5-7-0-0 on the second night of back-to-back games. ... Colorado hadn't allowed a goal at home since Feb. 28 when Marian Gaborik of Minnesota scored at 18:38 of the third period. ... Sakic has a seven-game point streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:28
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (33) ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (29), Chris Pronger (38)
1 - 0 EDM
06:49
COL
Andrew Brunette (19) ASST: John-Michael Liles (34), Milan Hejduk (28)
1 - 1 Tie
14:55
COL
Milan Hejduk (22) ASST: Andrew Brunette (33), Joe Sakic (45)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
19:05
EDM
Steve Staios (8) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (50), Matt Greene (2)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:51
EDM
Jarret Stoll (20) ASST: Raffi Torres (13)
3 - 2 EDM
12:33
COL
Jim Dowd (5) ASST: Brad May (3), Dan Hinote (7)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMCOL
1S. SamsonovA. Laaksonen
2R. SmythM. Hejduk
3M. PecaJ. Sakic
penalty summary
1st Period
04:03
COL
Ian Laperriere  Interference against  Raffi Torres
08:07
EDM
Dick Tarnstrom  Hooking against  Brad Richardson
09:05
COL
Joe Sakic  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
09:05
COL
Joe Sakic  Hi-sticking against  Steve Staios
10:37
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Holding against  Ian Laperriere
19:49
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
10:45
EDM
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
14:15
COL
Rob Blake  Interference against  Ales Hemsky
3rd Period
06:43
EDM
Matt Greene  Holding against  Joe Sakic
13:32
COL
Andrew Brunette  Too many men/ice - bench
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 34TOI: 64:58
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .912SH: 4 - 4
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 27TOI: 64:54
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0