|COL||2||2||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|EDM||1||2||3||(0 - 0)||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.
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.
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.
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.
|Milan Hejduk (9) ASST: Tom Preissing (1), Matt Duchene (6)|
1 - 0 COL
|Shawn Horcoff (4) ASST: Ales Hemsky (15), Lubomir Visnovsky (9)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Milan Hejduk (10) ASST: Matt Duchene (7), Chris Durno (1)|
2 - 1 COL
|Gilbert Brule (6) ASST: Liam Reddox (2), Steve Staios (5)|
2 - 2 Tie
|David Jones (7) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (9), Kyle Quincey (11)|
3 - 2 COL
|Kyle Cumiskey (3) ASST: Brett Clark (8), Darcy Tucker (3)|
4 - 2 COL
|Sam Gagner (5) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (10), Ladislav Smid (5)|
4 - 3 COL
|PPG - Ryan Potulny (2) ASST: Tom Gilbert (4), Sam Gagner (8)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Patrick O'Sullivan (4) ASST: Gilbert Brule (6)|
5 - 4 EDM
|EN - Ales Hemsky (6) ASST: Jeff Deslauriers (1)|
6 - 4 EDM
|Brett Clark Holding against Shawn Horcoff|
|Steve Staios Hooking against Darcy Tucker|
|Brett Clark Holding against Dustin Penner|
|Kyle Cumiskey Holding against Patrick O'Sullivan|
|Chris Durno Tripping against Ales Hemsky|
|Zack Stortini Misconduct|
|Zack Stortini Instigator against Ryan Wilson|
|Ryan Wilson Fighting against Zack Stortini|
|Zack Stortini Fighting against Ryan Wilson|
|Sheldon Souray Roughing against Wojtek Wolski|
|Patrick O'Sullivan Tripping against Kyle Cumiskey|
|Kyle Quincey Tripping against Shawn Horcoff|
|Kyle Cumiskey Interference - Goalkeeper against Jeff Deslauriers|
|SA: 32||TOI: 59:38|
|Saves: 27||EV: 22 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 6|
|SV%: .844||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 18||TOI: 59:42|
|Saves: 14||EV: 10 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .778||SH: 0 - 0|