NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Sunday, March 26th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Colorado 3 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout, as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, at the Pepsi Center.
Sergei Samsonov was the only player to score in the shootout and Ryan Smyth, Steve Staios and Jarret Stoll scored a goal each for the Oilers, who have won two straight since a three-game skid.
Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette tallied a goal and an assist each and Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots for Colorado, which has lost two of its last three games. Jim Dowd also scored for the Avs.
"They tried to put traffic in front of Peter (Budaj) and was able to get their sticks in there," Colorado right wing Ian Laperriere said. "I wouldn't call them lucky goals."
Despite gaining just a point in the shootout loss, Colorado jumped into a first-place tie with Calgary atop the Northwest Division standings with 86 points apiece. The Oilers are in seventh place in the Western Conference, two points in front of Vancouver and San Jose, who are tied for eighth.
After a scoreless overtime, Samsonov beat Budaj with a backhander top shelf to give Edmonton the advantage. Roloson did the rest, stoning Antti Laaksonen with the blocker, stopping Hejduk with the right pad and Joe Sakic with the glove to preserve the win.
"I was trying to give the guys an extra point," Roloson said. "I was able to get a glove on Sakic's shot and was fortunate to get a piece of it."
Budaj made a stick save on Smyth and Michael Peca shot high and wide in the Oilers' other attempts.
Edmonton drew first blood 4:28 into the first period while on the power play after Smyth beat Budaj stick side with a one-timer from the right point.
Colorado, however, scored the next two goals to take the lead entering the second period. Brunette deposited a rebound past Roloson at the 6:49 mark of the opening period before Hejduk backhanded a shot through a scrum in front and past Roloson with 5:05 left in the first period to make it 2-1.
The Oilers tied the game with 55 seconds left in the second stanza when Staios' shot from the left point hit the skate of Colorado defenseman Karlis Skrastins and got through Budaj's five hole.
Edmonton took a 3-2 lead 3:51 into the third period as Stoll redirected a shot from Raffi Torres through Budaj's legs. The Avs netted the equalizer with 7:27 left in regulation when Dowd beat Roloson, who was laying prone on the ice, top shelf.
Sakic, who tallied an assist, now has six goals and six assists during a seven-game points streak...Oilers right wing Fernando Pisani left the game in the third period after getting hit in the face with the puck and did not return...Edmonton finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Colorado finished 0-for-3.
03/27 00:17:15 ET