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game recap

Oilers rally stalls in shootout, Avs win 3-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers rally stalls in shootout, Avs win 3-2
Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 2

A late equalizer courtesy of Kurtis Foster secured at least one point for the Oilers Saturday night, but a strong overtime and shootout performance from opposing goaltender Brian Elliott ensured the Avalanche finished with two, ending their 10-game losing streak.

  Under the Scope

Jordan Eberle scored Edmonton's first goal, while Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 25 saves in the loss.

FIRST PERIOD

It didn't take long for this divisional dust-up to get testy. Only 11 seconds after opening puck drop, Ryan Jones and Erik Johnson dropped their gloves near the benches, resulting in a lengthy brawl that Jones capped with a pair of upper-cuts. Fighting majors were assessed.

Two minutes after the fight, Jim Vandermeer was called for slashing. Khabibulin turned away the lone visiting power-play shot, however, and the Oilers survived the two minutes unscathed.

The Avalanche couldn't score during their man-advantage, but Matt Duchene accomplished the feat near the period's midway point. After gaining the puck in the neutral zone, the speedy sophomore surged up the right wing, cut towards the net, and forced the puck past Khabibulin to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.

At 11:40, Linus Omark created Edmonton's first power-play by drawing a tripping minor from Brandon Yip. Eberle cut the man-advantage in half, however, by adding a high-sticking minor to the scoresheet.

Those power-plays passed without incident, but the penalties kept coming. With Colorado's Ryan Wilson serving a roughing minor, the Oilers crashed Elliott's crease with just over two minutes remaining on the clock. The effort resulted in a possible goal, but after video review, officials ruled against it.

As a result, Edmonton headed to the middle frame trailing one goal and four shots.

SECOND PERIOD

The Oilers and Avalanche took turns with excellent scoring chances through the first half of the second period, but goaltenders prevailed.

With 7:22 remaining in the frame, Cody McLeod clipped Teemu Hartikainen on the chin with his stick, drawing blood and double minor for high-sticking. 30 seconds into the extended power-play, Eberle danced in on net and backhanded the puck past Elliott to tie the game at one.

Four minutes later, the Avs got that one back. Capitalizing on inexperience in the Oilers zone, Kevin Porter benefited from a take-away and wristed the puck past Khabibulin to renew the visiting lead.

The goal sealed 40 minutes from which the Avs emerged with a 2-1 lead and 21-13 shot advantage.

THIRD PERIOD

Edmonton excelled in the early part of the third, tallying 13 shots vs Colorado's five by the 15-minute mark.

The pressure paid off with a second Oilers goal one minute later. Catching a centering pass from Omark, Foster surprised Elliott by sneaking up and tapping the puck into the net to tie the game 2-2.

The stalemate lasted until the buzzer, and the game headed to overtime.

OVERTIME

Omark's spectacular play continued in sudden death. With 1:23 remaining in the extra period, the Swedish forward drew a hooking minor from Jonas Holos to offer the Oilers a final key power-play.

Although Edmonton cracked 30 shots on the man-advantage, they couldn't crack Elliott. The game progressed to a shootout.

SHOOTOUT

Strong goaltending and sturdy posts prevented the first seven shooters from lighting either lamp. Then came Colorado's Ryan Stoa, who skated up and went top shelf on Khabibulin, sealing a 3-2 shootout win for the visiting Avalanche.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:47
COL
Matt Duchene (23) ASST: Daniel Winnik (11)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
13:05
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (16) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (19), Kurtis Foster (12)
1 - 1 Tie
17:00
COL
Kevin Porter (13) ASST: Ryan Wilson (12), Matt Duchene (33)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
16:10
EDM
Kurtis Foster (6) ASST: Linus Omark (17), Magnus Paajarvi (17)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMCOLTOTAL
1J. Eberle
M. Duchene
0 - 0
2L. Omark
K. Porter
0 - 0
3A. Giroux
D. Jones
0 - 0
4M. Paajarvi
R. Stoa
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
00:11
EDM
Ryan Jones  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Johnson
00:11
COL
Erik Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Jones
02:16
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Slashing against  Daniel Winnik
11:40
COL
Brandon Yip  Tripping against  Linus Omark
12:37
EDM
Jordan Eberle  Hi-sticking against  Jay McClement
17:02
COL
Ryan Wilson  Roughing against  Ryan Jones
2nd Period
12:35
COL
Cody McLeod  Hi stick - double minor against  Teemu Hartikainen
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
03:37
COL
Jonas Holos  Hooking against  Linus Omark
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
14-24-9
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 27TOI: 64:46
Saves: 25EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0