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Oilers overcome two-goal deficit, beat Avs 6-4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers overcome two-goal deficit, beat Avs 6-4
Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 6

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Down by two at the game's midway point, the Oilers posted four unanswered goals to surprise the visitors with a 6-4 win at Rexall Place. Shawn Horcoff, Gilbert Brule, Sam Gagner, Ryan Potulny, Patrick O'Sullivan & Ales Hemsky all scored for the Oilers, with Brule, Hemsky, Gagner & Lubomir Visnovsky tallying two points each.

Goalie Jeff Deslauriers stopped 14 shots for the win, his second of the season.

FIRST PERIOD

An early holding penalty to Colorado's Brett Clark helped Edmonton start their homestand off on the right foot, but although the club managed three shots on the powerplay, they were unable to steal an opening PPG from Peter Budaj.

Five minutes later, the Avalanche evened the odds by drawing a hooking penalty from Oilers defenceman Steve Staios. Only 23 seconds into the man-advantage, however, forward Dustin Penner surged shorthanded and drew another holding penalty from Clark.

During the resulting four-on-four, Colorado's Milan Hejduk forced the puck past Jeff Deslauriers to secure the first goal of the game.

Although a third Oilers powerplay passed without a goal, the home team managed to tie it up with 3:21 left in the frame. Budaj caught a piece of Ales Hemsky's initial shot, but the puck slipped past him and was nudged across the line by Shawn Horcoff to set the score 1-1.

But before the period was done, the Avs regained their lead. From 10 feet out, dangerous Hejduk caught a rebound and wristed it past Deslauriers to put Colorado up one goal despite being down five shots after 20 minutes.

SECOND PERIOD

Only 21 seconds into the second period, Gilbert Brule made the difference six shots and no goals. With Liam Reddox tailing him, the young Oiler surprised Budaj with a quick slapper to tie the game at two.

But less than a minute later, Colorado's David Jones renewed the visiting lead by getting the best of Deslauriers from inside the right face-off circle.

At the game's midway point, Ales Hemsky had an excellent chance to tie the game for a third time, but with Budaj at the opposite end of the net, the Oiler fired just wide to keep his club down by one.

Soon after that, the Avs doubled their lead. From the top of the left face-off circle, Kyle Cumiskey wristed the puck into the Oilers net to put his club up by two.

Edmonton's frustrations came to a head after team captain Ethan Moreau was hit by Ryan Wilson between the benches. Enforcer Zack Stortini challenged Wilson to a fight, resulting in fighting majors to both players and an extra instigating minor and 10-minute misconduct to Stortini.

Two more Oilers infractions stretched the club's penalty killing to nearly five full minutes, but the team resisted the swarming Avs to keep a powerplay goal off the board and stay within two.

The powerplay tables turned in the period's final minutes, and the Oilers used the man-advantage to build some chemistry. Although the club couldn't beat Budaj on the five-on-four, Sam Gagner's quick reaction to a rebound shortly thereafter resulted in his fifth goal of the year and a 4-3 game heading into the final frame.

THIRD PERIOD

The third period started with an impressive end-to-end sweep by Cumiskey. Unfortunately for the Avs blueliner, the individual effort concluded in collision with Deslauriers and a goaltender interference minor.

The Oilers set themselves up in the offensive zone during the powerplay, and with 10 seconds left, the man-advantage paid off for call-up Ryan Potulny, who potted his second of the season to tie the game at four.

Edmonton broke 30 shots in final 10 minutes of the game but it would take 31 to steal the lead. Anchored at the bottom of the slot, Patrick O'Sullivan pounced on Brule's rebound and lifted it into the net to put the Oilers on top for the first time.

The Avs pulled Budaj in the final minute, and Hemsky secured the insurance goal on the empty net to give the Oilers an exciting 6-4 come-from-behind win Wednesday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:26
COL
Milan Hejduk (9) ASST: Tom Preissing (1), Matt Duchene (6)
1 - 0 COL
16:39
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (4) ASST: Ales Hemsky (15), Lubomir Visnovsky (9)
1 - 1 Tie
18:36
COL
Milan Hejduk (10) ASST: Matt Duchene (7), Chris Durno (1)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
00:21
EDM
Gilbert Brule (6) ASST: Liam Reddox (2), Steve Staios (5)
2 - 2 Tie
01:14
COL
David Jones (7) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (9), Kyle Quincey (11)
3 - 2 COL
11:04
COL
Kyle Cumiskey (3) ASST: Brett Clark (8), Darcy Tucker (3)
4 - 2 COL
19:44
EDM
Sam Gagner (5) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (10), Ladislav Smid (5)
4 - 3 COL
3rd Period
02:45
EDM
PPG - Ryan Potulny (2) ASST: Tom Gilbert (4), Sam Gagner (8)
4 - 4 Tie
11:07
EDM
Patrick O'Sullivan (4) ASST: Gilbert Brule (6)
5 - 4 EDM
19:17
EDM
EN - Ales Hemsky (6) ASST: Jeff Deslauriers (1)
6 - 4 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
COL
Brett Clark  Holding against  Shawn Horcoff
06:27
EDM
Steve Staios  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
06:50
COL
Brett Clark  Holding against  Dustin Penner
10:19
COL
Kyle Cumiskey  Holding against  Patrick O'Sullivan
2nd Period
05:48
COL
Chris Durno  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
12:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Misconduct (10 min)
12:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Instigator against  Ryan Wilson
12:18
COL
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
12:18
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
13:19
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Wojtek Wolski
15:00
EDM
Patrick O'Sullivan  Tripping against  Kyle Cumiskey
17:20
COL
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
3rd Period
00:55
COL
Kyle Cumiskey  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jeff Deslauriers
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
1-1-0
SA: 32TOI: 59:38
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .844SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 18TOI: 59:42
Saves: 14EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0