Colorado
Avalanche
43-30-9
Edmonton
Oilers
27-47-8

33 SOG
25 SOG
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COL
EDM
game recap

Drought continues: Oilers shutout 3-0 by Avalanche

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:46 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Colorado's Milak Hejduk hit the back of Nikolai Khabibulin's net only 25 seconds into Tuesday night's game, and that goal would turn out to be the game-winner as the Avalanche defeated the Oilers 3-0. The loss marked Edmonton's second consecutive shutout loss, meaning the club will carry 141:25 scoreless minutes into Thursday's game vs. Detroit.

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FIRST PERIOD

Flying high with a 8-1-2 record, the Avalanche were quick to carry some of that success into Rexall Place. Only 25 seconds into the game, the puck bounced off Scott Hannan's skate and onto Milan Hejduk's stick, and the winger spun around and fired past Nikolai Khabibulin to give Colorado an early 1-0 lead.

Coincidental roughing minors followed by a hooking minor to Ladislav Smid gave the Avs a four-on-three powerplay two minutes after the goal, but the Oilers resisted the man-advantage to stay within one.

Although Edmonton  managed a few excellent scoring chances, Craig Anderson kept the club off the board to send his team into the second period up one goal and 10 shots to seven.

630 CHED's Dan Tencer talks to Andrew Cogliano after the first period

SECOND PERIOD

A second Avalanche powerplay helped the visitors attain 15 shots by the midway point of the middle frame. The home team, by comparison, had tallied only one second-period attempt on Anderson, bringing their total to eight.

With eight minutes left on the clock, an Oilers rush led by Gilbert Brule resulted in a pile-up in Anderson's crease. When the goalie emerged from the pile, he required brief attention from an Avalanche trainer before play resumed. The melee also netted a cross checking penalty to Chris Durno, offering the Oilers their first powerplay of the game.

Although a pair of close calls failed to produce the tying goal, Edmonton drew another cross-checking penalty, this time from TJ Galiardi, and enjoyed a 16-second five-on-three. Unfortunately, the team couldn't come together on the advantages and remained scoreless after 40 minutes.

THIRD PERIOD

Six minutes into the final frame, Khabibulin made a toe save along the line but was then overwhelmed by a mass of players. The Avs claimed it was a goal, but video replay proved inconclusive and the score remained 1-0.

A few minutes later, however, Wojtek Wolski made one stick. After embarking on a partial breakaway with young Oilers defenceman Taylor Chorney chasing him down, Wolski managed to wrap the puck around Khabibulin's right skate to double Colorado's lead with 10 minutes left in regulation.

The Avs topped 30 shots with seven minutes left, while the Oilers hit 20 at the five-minute mark. Coincidental roughing minors, plus an Oilers empty net, gave the club a five-on-four advantage in the game's dying minutes, but as Wolski descended on the open net, he was fouled by Chorney, automatically resulting in a goal.

The rarely utilized rule sealed a 3-0 win for Colorado and marked Edmonton's second consecutive shutout loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:25
COL
Milan Hejduk (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Hannan (4)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:34
COL
Wojtek Wolski (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (6), Paul Stastny (7)
2 - 0 COL
18:13
COL
EN - Wojtek Wolski (7) ASST: Paul Stastny (8), Adam Foote (1)
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:25
COL
David Koci  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
02:25
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  David Koci
02:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Hooking against  Milan Hejduk
2nd Period
00:45
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:59
COL
Chris Durno  Cross checking against  Gilbert Brule
13:43
COL
TJ Galiardi  Cross checking against  Mike Comrie
3rd Period
16:46
EDM
Sam Gagner  Roughing against  TJ Galiardi
16:46
COL
TJ Galiardi  Roughing against  Sam Gagner
18:48
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
9-1-2
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
5-4-1
SA: 33TOI: 59:10
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0