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Brunette's hat trick helps Avalanche outlast Oilers

Dec 20, 2006 - 7:16 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Andrew Brunette provided the highlights, but teammate Brett McLean was there when the Colorado Avalanche needed him most.

Brunette scored three power-play goals and McLean had the game-winning tally as the Avalanche posted a wild 7-6 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists, and Pierre Turgeon and Mark Rycroft each tallied for Colorado, which has won four of its last five games.

"The ice is so good and everyone is flying out there and I think we got away from our defensive game but we'll take an offensive win like that," Stastny said. "Goals come so quick and go so fast

McLean scored the winner with 8:33 left in the contest, when he put a wrap-around shot past goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who was slow getting over to the side of the net.

"It was one of those games where anything could happen and we're fortunate to leave here with two points," Brunette said.

Brunette scored his first goal with four minutes left in the initial session, then tallied with 3:16 to play in the second period before he scored again with just 34 ticks left in the period for his first career hat trick.

"I think when you go 11 years without getting a hat trick, I don't think it really means all that much, but getting the win and scoring on Roloson sometimes is fun," Brunette said.

It was the first three-goal game by a Colorado player this season.

Peter Budaj stopped 31 shots - including 12 in the third period - and allowed no power-play goals in four attempts for the Avalanche, who beat the Oilers for the second time in five days.

"I liked Budaj's response in the second period," said Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville of his netminder who didn't allow a tally in 11 attempts in the session. "Peter made some good saves."

Last Friday, Colorado defeated Edmonton, 4-1, as Budaj made 18 saves. In this game there were five goals by the end of the first period.

Petr Sykora scored twice and Joffrey Lupul scored the game-tying goal eight minutes into the final period for Edmonton, which lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

"It was one of those games," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "I thought we played well. We took it to them early and got up two on them quick. They never quit and got some bounces go their way. I don't know if we played well enough for two points, that's for sure."

Roloson made 23 saves for the Oilers, who have lost three straight vs. the Avalanche.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 2 3 2 7
    EDMONTON 3 0 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - TOBY PETERSEN 1 (UNASSISTED) 4:06
    EDM - JARRET STOLL 9 (RAFFI TORRES, LADISLAV SMID) 6:03
    COL - PIERRE TURGEON 4 (BRAD RICHARDSON, OSSI VAANANEN)
    12:37
    EDM - RAFFI TORRES 7 (MATT GREENE) 15:11
    COL - (PP) ANDREW

    Dec 19 11:46 PM
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    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:41 PM


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    COLORADO 7
    EDMONTON 6
    3RD PRD: COL - BRETT MCLEAN 7 (MILAN HEJDUK, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES) 11:27

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:29 PM


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    COLORADO 6
    EDMONTON 6
    3RD PRD: EDM - JOFFREY LUPUL 10 (MARTY REASONER, TOBY PETERSEN) 8:18

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:24 PM


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    COLORADO 6
    EDMONTON 5
    3RD PRD: EDM - PETR SYKORA 14 (ALES HEMSKY) 7:09

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:23 PM


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    COLORADO 5
    EDMONTON 4
    3RD PRD: EDM - PETR SYKORA 13 (ALES HEMSKY, SHAWN HORCOFF) 0:31

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:21 PM


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    COLORADO 6
    EDMONTON 4
    3RD PRD: COL - PAUL STASTNY 9 (MARK RYCROFT, BRAD RICHARDSON) 4:12

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:13 PM


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    COLORADO 5
    EDMONTON 4
    2ND PRD: EDM - PETR SYKORA 13 (ALES HEMSKY, SHAWN HORCOFF) 0:31

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 11:07 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 2 3 5
    EDMONTON 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - TOBY PETERSEN 1 (UNASSISTED) 4:06
    EDM - JARRET STOLL 9 (RAFFI TORRES) 6:03
    COL - PIERRE TURGEON 4 (BRAD RICHARDSON, OSSI VAANANEN)
    12:37
    EDM - RAFFI TORRES 7 (MATT GREENE) 15:11
    COL - (PP) ANDREW B

    Dec 19 10:47 PM


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    COLORADO 5
    EDMONTON 3
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) ANDREW BRUNETTE 11 (PIERRE TURGEON, PAUL STASTNY)
    19:26

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 10:47 PM


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    COLORADO 4
    EDMONTON 3
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) ANDREW BRUNETTE 10 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL
    LILES) 16:44

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 10:43 PM


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    COLORADO 3
    EDMONTON 3
    2ND PRD: COL - MARK RYCROFT 3 (BRAD RICHARDSON, KEN KLEE) 7:25

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 10:22 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 2 2
    EDMONTON 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: EDM - TOBY PETERSEN 1 (UNASSISTED) 4:06
    EDM - JARRET STOLL 9 (RAFFI TORRES) 6:03
    COL - PIERRE TURGEON 4 (BRAD RICHARDSON, OSSI VAANANEN)
    12:37
    EDM - RAFFI TORRES 7 (MATT GREENE) 15:11
    COL - (PP) ANDREW B

    Dec 19 9:48 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    EDMONTON 3
    1ST PRD: COL - (PP) ANDREW BRUNETTE 9 (PAUL STASTNY, PIERRE TURGEON)
    16:00

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 9:43 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    EDMONTON 3
    1ST PRD: EDM - RAFFI TORRES 7 (MATT GREENE) 15:11

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 9:37 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    EDMONTON 2
    1ST PRD: COL - PIERRE TURGEON 4 (BRAD RICHARDSON, OSSI VAANANEN) 12:37

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 9:35 PM


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    COLORADO 0
    EDMONTON 2
    1ST PRD: EDM - JARRET STOLL 9 (RAFFI TORRES) 6:03

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 9:22 PM


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    COLORADO 0
    EDMONTON 1
    1ST PRD: EDM - TOBY PETERSEN 1 (UNASSISTED) 4:06

    Avalanche vs. OilersDec 19 9:17 PM