NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado
(Monday, November 14th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Mike Morrison made 31 saves in his first career start and Chris Pronger scored his first goal in an Edmonton uniform, as the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, at the Pepsi Center.
"We played a great road game tonight," said Morrison. "It was great to go out in my first start and win my first game."
Pronger scored the winning goal in the second period for the Oilers, who had lost three of four games coming into the contest.
Ethan Moreau had a goal and an assist and Ales Hemsky, Jarret Stoll, and Radek Dvorak chipped in with two assists each.
Rob Blake scored a goal and added an assist for the Avalanche, who have lost two straight. David Aebischer struggled in net and allowed five goals on 22 shots.
"I thought we played hard in the first, but we have to keep on battling all game long," said Aebischer.
In the fourth meeting already this year, the season series is now tied at 2-2.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the second period, the Oilers took the lead after Pronger ripped home his first goal of the season at the 14:13 mark. Hemsky fed the puck over to Pronger at the right circle and he one-timed it past Aebischer for the power play goal.
Pronger had been traded by St. Louis in the offseason.
Early in the final frame, Raffi Torres would net his 10th goal of the season at 2:19 and put the Oilers up 4-2. Hemsky skated in with Torres on a 2-on-1 break and Hemsky faked a shot and fed Torres the puck, who easily beat Aebischer, who couldn't get over in time to make the save.
Marty Reasoner scored from the slot at 13:19 of the third, giving the Oilers a 5-2 cushion.
Ryan Smyth opened the game's scoring on the power play at the 9:28 mark of the first period. On the power play, Shawn Horcroff slid the puck down low to Smyth at the left side of the net, and Smyth beat Aebischer up high with a wrist shot on his short side for his ninth of the season.
Less than a minute later, Moreau scored to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. Stoll raced into the zone along the left boards and dumped a shot in on goal and with Moreau crashing the net, Aebischer was screened, and the puck deflected off Moreau and crossed the goal line before the net was dislodged at 10:21.
Late in the first, Blake got Colorado on the board with a power play goal at 19:16.
Ian Laperriere tied things up for the Avalanche at 2-2 after slamming home a rebound on the power play at 10:09 of the second period.
Blake let go a thunderous shot from the point that Morrison blocked, but Laperriere was right on the doorstep to knock the puck past him for his sixth goal of the season.
Smyth has 14 career goals against Colorado...Edmonton was 2-of-5 on the power play and Colorado was 2-of-7 with the man advantage.
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