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Colorado rallies to take down Edmonton

Nov 27, 2011 - 3:48 AM
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Stefan Elliott's first career goal -- in his NHL debut -- highlighted a four-goal third period the Colorado Avalanche used to beat the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, on Saturday.

Shane O'Brien, Jan Hejda and Paul Stastny also lit the lamp in the third for the Avalanche, who notched their first win in seven games over a Northwest Division opponent and improved to 2-2-0 on an eight-game homestand.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots to pick up his first win since October 30. He was 0-6-1 with a 4.18 goals-against average and .847 save percentage in November.

Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves for Edmonton, which has dropped six of its last nine games.

Colorado, which was 1-9-0 when trailing after two periods, scored two goals in a 1:57 span to take a 3-2 lead. First, O'Brien unleashed a blast from the point on a power play that found the back of the net.

Elliott, a second-round pick (49th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, gave the Avalanche the lead at 8:03. Draw specialist Ryan O'Reilly won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Elliott fired a wrister from the blue line that eluded Dubnyk.

"It was pure joy and excitement to play," said the 20-year-old Elliott.

Hejda made it three straight tallies by Colorado defensemen with 3:41 left, and Stastny added an empty-net goal with 1:53 remaining to seal just the Avalanche's fourth home win of the season.

The Oilers got on the board 2:59 into the game. Sam Gagner tried to deke around Varlamov, who put himself out of position after making a sprawling stop. Gagner retrieved the puck and skated behind the Avalanche net before dishing to Ladislav Smid, who didn't miss the yawning cage as he recorded his first goal since December 5, 2009 at Dallas, a span of 124 games.

"It was a great pass by [Gagner]. He really did all the work. I just happened to finish it," Smid said.

Just 1:36 later, Jay McClement netted an equalizer for Colorado. Chuck Kobasew skated in alone but was poke checked by Dubnyk. McClement followed up the play and buried the rebound.

Ryan Jones gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead when he put home the rebound of an Eric Belanger shot at the 2:24 mark of the second period.

Game Notes

Elliott was named the Western Hockey League's Defenseman of the Year while playing for Saskatoon in 2010-11...Edmonton forward Taylor Hall sustained a left shoulder injury on an unpenalized hit by Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson in the first period...O'Reilly, Kobasew and Milan Hejduk each had two assists for the Avalanche...Stastny moved into sole possession of 10th place on the franchise's all-time scoring list with 335 points.