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Hall's late score sends Oilers past Avs

Nov 26, 2010 - 5:59 AM
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Taylor Hall, the top pick in the 2010 draft, scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Gilbert Brule and Andrew Cogliano scored 2:11 apart in the first period for the Oilers, who had lost six straight at Rexall Place. Martin Gerber, making his Edmonton debut and first NHL start since April 11, 2009, stopped 35 shots.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Matt Duchene lit the lamp for Colorado, which had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped in Vancouver on Wednesday. Peter Budaj made 21 saves in defeat.

The win came in dramatic fashion, as the contest appeared destined for overtime. Rookie Jordan Eberle made a cross-ice pass to Hall coming out of the corner and he fired a shot past a sliding Budaj.

"I just tried to find a soft spot in front of the net and (Eberle) found me," Hall said.

Brule's tally 1:40 into the game was quickly followed by a backhander from Cogliano.

Shattenkirk put Colorado on the board when the rookie defenseman had his shot bank off the skate of Gerber and slither across the goal line at the 5:50 mark of the first period.

Duchene tied the game with a power-play goal at 3:04 of the middle stanza.

"We really didn't start on time," said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco. "We had a few guys that weren't ready when the puck dropped and it ended up costing us a couple of goals."

Game Notes

Tom Gilbert collected two assists for the Oilers...The Avalanche dropped to 0-8-0 when scoring two goals or fewer...Defenseman Kyle Quincey returned to the lineup for Colorado. He had been a healthy scratch the past three games after recovering from a concussion that forced him to miss five games...Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson is considered day-to-day with a groin injury...Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles celebrated his 30th birthday.