NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Colorado|
(Thursday, December 19th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Edmonton 2
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maxime Talbot's shorthanded goal late in the
second period proved to be the difference as the Colorado Avalanche took a 4-2
win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists while Ryan O'Reilly and Tyson Barrie
chipped in with one goal apiece for the Avalanche, winners in two of their
last three games. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves in the win.
Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both finished with a goal and an assist
for the Oilers, losers in five straight, including four in a row on the road.
"We played three good games on this trip. It was frustrating losing them, they
were all close. We have to be the ones getting the empty-net goals, not them,"
Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves in defeat.
Hall opened the scoring at 14:50 of the first period. Hall skated in virtually
alone along the right side and fired a wrister far side past Varlamov.
Barrie scored 1:07 into the middle session, snapping a 1-for-37 slump for
Colorado on the power play. A Duchene miss bounced right to Barrie, who sent
the puck to Paul Stastny on the goal line. Stastny quickly rifled it back to
Barrie, who blasted it into the back of the net.
Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton ahead once again with his wrister at 12:10, but
O'Reilly knotted things up with his wrister from the slot at 15:00.
Talbot added the go-ahead goal 3:28 later. Marc-Andre Cliche picked off a lazy
pass in the Colorado zone and raced up ice before backhanding a pass to
Talbot, who went backhand on Dubnyk for a 3-2 edge.
"That was a great cutoff and pass by Cliche. I just closed my eyes and put it
in," Talbot said.
Duchene added an empty-netter with two seconds remaining to account for the
Duchene has four goals and 10 points over his last five games ... Edmonton
failed to score on its lone power play, while Colorado was 1-for-2 with the
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