NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Tuesday, February 7th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Edmonton 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a convincing 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center.
Milan Hejduk, Andrew Brunette, Rob Blake and Brett McLean also scored for the Avalanche, who earned a point for the sixth time in their last seven games (3-1-3). David Aebischer made 16 saves in the victory.
"These are real important games right now," said Tanguay. "Tonight, the power play worked really well."
Jarret Stoll and Radek Dvorak scored for Edmonton, which failed to earn a point for the first time in seven games (5-1-1) and saw their three-game road winning streak halted.
Mike Morrison allowed five goals on 35 shots in the loss.
After neither team produced a goal in the opening period, the Avalanche scored three of the four tallies in the second for a 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The Oilers were given a penalty for too many men on the ice and the Avs took advantage. Tanguay sent a pass from above the right circle across the slot before Hejduk's one-timer from the left face-off dot sailed past Morrison for at the 2:43 mark.
However, the visitors knotted the contest under two minutes later with a power-play marker of their own on a play similar to Hejduk's goal. Marc-Andre Bergeron held control at the right point and fed a saucer pass to Ales Hemsky at the top of the right circle. Hemsky quickly spotted Stoll all alone inside the left circle and fed the puck across for Stoll's successful one-timer at 4:17.
Soon after, Edmonton appeared to have taken the lead, but the goal was disallowed after replays showed that Ryan Smyth redirected the puck into the net with his skate.
"There has to be a change in that rule," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "The puck was going in the net anyway. The video replay official needs to make that call. We put the puck in the net, and we were penalized for it."
Colorado scored twice more in the period. First, Tanguay's 24th goal of the season with 8:53 to go made it 2-1. A pass from the rear boards to the right of the net by Antti Laaksonen found the stick of Tanguay, who redirected it home.
Then, with only six seconds left in the second stanza, the Avs struck again for a two-goal edge. The veteran blueliner Blake corralled the puck at the right point after a face off and blasted a slap shot through traffic past Morrison.
At 4:39 of the final session, the Oilers cut their deficit to one when Dvorak notched his sixth goal on the power play, but it took just 26 seconds for the hosts to respond.
Hejduk hustled past an Oiler defender and had a chance all alone in front, but Morrison made the save. However, the rebound sat at the top of the crease for an easy tap-in by Brunette.
The final tally came with 12:06 remaining in regulation when McLean's wrist shot from inside the right circle lit the lamp. The power-play marker was McLean's sixth goal of 2005-06.
Hejduk returned to the lineup after he had missed Saturday's game against Detroit due to a minor neck injury...The Avalanche improved to 18-8-5 at home this season and are now 12-6-2 in their last 20 games against Edmonton...This was Tanguay's sixth three-point game of the season...The Oilers, who scored both goals on the power play, had five power-play opportunities, while the Avs ended 2-for-6 with the man advantage...Attendance was 18,007.
02/08 00:20:32 ET