NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Edmonton
(Tuesday, November 29th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic's goal midway through the third period lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in a Northwest Division battle at Rexall Place.
Ian Laperriere scored twice for the Avalanche, who have won three straight after a three-game skid. David Aebischer made 29 saves in the victory.
Marc-Andre Bergeron and Michael Peca scored for Edmonton, which saw its three- game winning streak halted. Mike Morrison allowed three goals on 17 shots in the losing effort.
With the teams tied at two in the final period, Sakic's 10th goal of the season proved to be the game-winner. Veteran defenseman Igor Ulanov attempted to clear the zone up the middle, but Sakic intercepted it at the right face- off dot. With an uncontested look at the net, Sakic's sizzling wrist shot beat Morrison and gave the Avs a 3-2 lead at 11:23.
"I think he fanned on it," said Sakic. "I was fortunate that it ended up on my stick."
With under six minutes remaining in regulation, the Oilers nearly tied it up. Jarret Stoll slid a cross-ice pass from the left half-wall to Radek Dvorak, whose one-timer from in close was stopped by Aebischer. Dvorak again had a chance on the rebound, but came up short.
"It can't be more frustrating than this," said Ulanov "We came back from two goals down, had a great effort from everybody, and one mistake cost us the game."
Edmonton had two power-play chances in the final three-plus minutes, including a tripping minor called on Karlis Skrastins at 19:02. However, Aebischer stood tall and kept the puck out of the net the rest of the way.
The opening period belonged to Laperriere, who scored twice for a 2-0 visitors lead.
At the 7:14 mark, Laperriere fired a wrister from the slot that beat Morrison and later in the frame added his 10th goal of the season.
With less than one minute remaining before the first intermission, Antti Laaksonen and Laperriere broke in 2-on-1. A perfect flip pass hit Laperriere in stride and he used a nice deke move to his backhand before pushing the disc into an open net at 19:31.
The Oilers answered with a pair of goals in the second period. The first came on the power play after Ossi Vaananen went to the penalty box for a high- sticking minor.
A failed clearing attempt by Aebischer allowed Chris Pronger to keep the puck in the zone at the right point. Pronger then fed it over to Bergeron, who barely kept the disc inside the blue line and squared himself before blasting home his sixth goal of the season at 5:19 with help from a Ryan Smyth screen.
Just over four minutes later, Peca's second marker knotted the contest at 2-2. After a long outlet pass by Raffi Torres from the neutral zone, Oilers forward Georges Laraque hustled to the puck and fired a shot from below the right circle. Aebischer made the initial save, but Peca punched home the rebound from the left post with 10:31 to go in the frame.
Sakic has three goals in his last two games...Colorado improved to 7-5 on the road this season...This marked the fifth meeting of the season between these teams. Colorado has captured three of five...Laaksonen finished with two assists...The Oilers were 1-for-5 on the power play, while the visitors were scoreless on five chances with the extra skater.
11/30 01:12:23 ET