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game recap

Late-game heroics propels Oilers over Avalanche

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Late-game heroics propels Oilers over Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche 2, Edmonton Oilers 3

Despite giving up an early lead and finding themselves clinging to a 2-2 tie late into the third, the Oilers sent fans home happy Thursday night.

Under the Scope

Following first-period goals by Gilbert Brule and Andrew Cogliano, rookie Taylor Hall scored his first career game-winner with only 28 seconds left in regulation. At the other end of the ice, Martin Gerber backstopped the 3-2 victory by making 35 saves.

FIRST PERIOD

It took nearly two minutes before either club registered a shot, but the first attempt made a grand debut. Poised just off the Avalanche net, Brule completed a spectacular diving centering pass that deflected under Peter Budaj to put the Oilers up 1-0.

Two minutes later, Cogliano got in on the action. With help from Tom Gilbert, the forward snagged the puck at the corner of the crease and backhanded it across the line to double Edmonton's lead on only two shots.

Colorado soon got that one back, however. At 5:50, Kevin Shattenkirk wristed the puck under Gerber to set the score 2-1.

With the Avalanche holding a 7-2 shot lead, Zack Stortini checked Kyle Quincey into the end boards, triggering the wrath of Cody McLeod. Both players earned roughing minors, while McLeod added an extra 10-minute misconduct.

The four-on-four failed to change the score, and the 2-1 game persisted into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

The Oilers started the middle frame on the attack, but at 1:38 the club went on the defensive when Kurtis Foster was called for hooking. Gerber came up with a pair of big saves, but when the goalie was caught outside his crease, Matt Duchene slipped in and fired the puck past impromptu netminder Theo Peckham to tie the game at two.

At the game's midway point, the Avalanche had attained 20 shots while the Oilers were stuck at seven. A hooking minor to Ryan Whitney helped the visitors grow 20 into 25, but Gerber turned away the power-play attempts to keep it even heading into the final frame.

THIRD PERIOD

An early holding minor to Duchene helped Edmonton gain some ground on the shot-clock, but in between home attempts, Colorado managed to hit 30 shots.

The Oil started to flow as regulation wound down, but Budaj withstood the assault ... until 19:31. At that time, the puck passed from Gerber to Eberle to Taylor Hall's tape, and the first-overall pick completed the rush with a clean wrist-shot into the mesh.

The goal blew the roof off Rexall Place and salvaged a 3-2 win for the Oilers Thursday night.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:40
EDM
Gilbert Brule (3) ASST: Tom Gilbert (3), Dustin Penner (5)
1 - 0 EDM
03:51
EDM
Andrew Cogliano (2) ASST: Tom Gilbert (4), Taylor Hall (6)
2 - 0 EDM
05:50
COL
Kevin Shattenkirk (3) ASST: Milan Hejduk (17), Matt Duchene (15)
2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
03:04
COL
PPG - Matt Duchene (5) ASST: Brandon Yip (5), David Jones (5)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
19:31
EDM
Taylor Hall (5) ASST: Jordan Eberle (9), Martin Gerber (1)
3 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
10:54
EDM
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
10:54
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
10:54
COL
Cody McLeod  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
01:38
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Chris Stewart
03:21
COL
Ryan Wilson  Tripping against  Taylor Hall
10:41
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
14:54
COL
Ryan Wilson  Cross checking against  Zack Stortini
3rd Period
00:41
COL
Matt Duchene  Holding against  Shawn Horcoff
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
8-5-1
SA: 24TOI: 59:40
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Martin Gerber
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .946SH: 2 - 2