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Late burst helps Oilers top Avalanche

Feb 3, 2007 - 10:53 PM
DENVER (Ticker) -- With both teams sleepwalking through the first 52 minutes, the Edmonton Oilers arose from their slumber.

Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff scored 30 seconds apart in the latter half of the third period and the Oilers held on to post a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing in the afternoon apparently took its toll on both offenses as they combined for just two goals on 42 shots over the first two periods. But Edmonton came alive for a brief spurt in the third, and it proved to be enough to halt a three-game losing streak against Colorado.

After the puck bounced off Raffi Torres' chest and was frozen by Peter Budaj with less than 7 1/2 minutes to go in the session, Horcoff won a faceoff in the right circle. Defenseman Matt Greene unleashed a one-timer from the right point, and Smyth deflected it past the goaltender while in front at 12:49 to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead.

The tally was Smyth's 27th of the season and fourth in as many games.

Appearing in his 400th career game, Horcoff doubled the advantage moments later, receiving a pass from behind the net by Smyth and beating Budaj from the doorstep with 6:41 remaining.

Captain Joe Sakic halved the deficit with 31 seconds to go, but the Oilers held on to even the season series at three wins apiece.

Ales Hemsky had a goal and an assist and Dwayne Roloson made 37 saves for Edmonton, which has won three of its last four.

Brad Richardson tallied and Budaj stopped 25 shots for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of five and fell to 1-2-0 on their five-game homestand.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 1 2 3
    COLORADO 1 0 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 6 (BEN GUITE, MARK RYCROFT) 12:49
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) ALES HEMSKY 9 (MARC-ANDRE BERGERON, PETR NEDVED)
    12:11
    3RD PRD: EDM - RYAN SMYTH 27 (MATT GREENE, SHAWN HORCOFF) 12:49
    EDM - SHAWN HORCOFF 1

    Feb 3 5:43 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 3
    COLORADO 2
    3RD PRD: COL - JOE SAKIC 22 (BRETT MCLEAN, ANDREW BRUNETTE) 19:29
    (WITH EXTRA ATTACKER)

    Oilers vs. AvalancheFeb 3 5:40 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 3
    COLORADO 1
    3RD PRD: EDM - SHAWN HORCOFF 10 (RYAN SMYTH, ALES HEMSKY) 13:19

    Oilers vs. AvalancheFeb 3 5:30 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 2
    COLORADO 1
    3RD PRD: EDM - RYAN SMYTH 27 (MATT GREENE, SHAWN HORCOFF) 12:49

    Oilers vs. AvalancheFeb 3 5:29 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 1 1
    COLORADO 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 6 (BEN GUITE, MARK RYCROFT) 12:49
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) ALES HEMSKY 9 (MARC-ANDRE BERGERON, PETR NEDVED)
    12:10
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDM 1

    Feb 3 4:46 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 1
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: EDM - (PP) ALES HEMSKY 9 (MARC-ANDRE BERGERON, PETR NEDVED)
    12:10

    Oilers vs. AvalancheFeb 3 4:34 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDMONTON 0 0
    COLORADO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 6 (BEN GUITE, MARK RYCROFT) 12:49
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    EDM 11 11
    COL 6 6
    GOALIES: EDM - DWAYNE ROLOSON
    CO

    Feb 3 4:17 PM


  • NHL
    EDMONTON 0
    COLORADO 1
    1ST PRD: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 6 (BEN GUITE, MARK RYCROFT) 12:49

    Oilers vs. AvalancheFeb 3 4:16 PM