"We were lucky to get a win and I'm sure they are pretty frustrated right now," Brunette said. "It was just one of those nights when things found a way to bounce themselves into the net. Us blowing two-goal leads twice is frustrating, but we got the win."
Edmonton tied the score at 6 on two third-period goals by Petr Sykora and one by Joffrey Lupul. Toby Petersen, Jarret Stoll and Raffi Torres also scored for the Oilers, and Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots.
"It was almost like, first save wins," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "You hate to waste some of the plays we made tonight. But we didn't defend like we needed to."
The Oilers pulled to 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third after Ales Hemsky made a beautiful pass through the crease to a wide-open Sykora. But Colorado restored its two-goal lead a little more than three minutes later when Stastny beat Roloson on a mad scramble in front.
Still, the Oilers rallied to tie it.
Hemsky intercepted the puck at Colorado's blue line, then set up Sykora for another easy goal. Just more than a minute later, Lupul beat Budaj on a rebound.
But McLean put the Avalanche ahead for good on a wraparound goal with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.
"I think both teams will say that is not the type of game they wanted to play tonight," McLean said. "I think maybe they got comfortable early on and then we got comfortable when we were up by two. Maybe that had something to do with it."
Edmonton opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first when Petersen's pass deflected off a falling McLean and past Budaj. Stoll put the Oilers ahead 2-0 at 6:03.
Turgeon pulled Colorado to 2-1 at 12:37 when his shot from behind the net hit Roloson's right pad and went in. Torres made it 3-1 at 15:11, but 49 seconds later Brunette's power-play goal cut the deficit to one again.
Colorado surged ahead 5-3 with three goals in the second.
Rycroft tied the score at 7:25 before Burnette added power-play goals at 16:44 and 19:26, setting up a wild third period.
"When you score that many goals you want to have a better result," Oilers captain Jason Smith said. "We didn't execute on our power play or on the penalty kill like we needed to."
|Andrew Brunette (R) gets a little love from teammate Paul Stastny on one of his three goals. (AP)|
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|04:06||Toby Petersen, Wrist Shot - Unassisted.|
|06:03||Jarret Stoll (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Raffi Torres, Ladislav Smid|
|12:37||Pierre Turgeon (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Brad Richardson, Ossi Vaananen|
|15:11||Raffi Torres (7), Wrist Shot - Assist: Matt Greene|
|16:00||Power Play - Andrew Brunette (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Paul Stastny, Pierre Turgeon|
|07:25||Mark Rycroft (3), Backhand Shot - Assists: Brad Richardson, Ken Klee|
|16:44||Power Play - Andrew Brunette (10), Wrist Shot - Assists: Paul Stastny, John-Michael Liles|
|19:26||Power Play - Andrew Brunette (11), Snap Shot - Assists: Pierre Turgeon, Paul Stastny|
|00:31||Petr Sykora (13), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff|
|04:12||Paul Stastny (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Mark Rycroft, Brad Richardson|
|07:09||Petr Sykora (14), Wrist Shot - Assist: Ales Hemsky|
|08:18||Joffrey Lupul (10), Snap Shot - Assists: Marty Reasoner, Toby Petersen|
|11:27||Brett McLean (7), Wrap Shot - Assists: Milan Hejduk, John-Michael Liles|
|15:42||Smith: Tripping - 2 min.|
|16:00||Horcoff: Hooking - 2 min.|
|16:00||Smid: Holding - 2 min.|
|19:35||Turgeon: Slashing - 2 min.|
|00:36||Klee: Holding - 2 min.|
|05:03||Laperriere: Fighting - 5 min.|
|05:03||Winchester: Fighting - 5 min.|
|11:30||Vaananen: Interference - 2 min.|
|15:30||Stoll: Holding - 2 min.|
|15:34||Tjarnqvist: High sticking - 2 min.|
|18:55||Hemsky: Hooking - 2 min.|
|04:45||Laaksonen: Tripping - 2 min.|
|12:47||Torres: Tripping - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 16839|
|Game Time - 60:00|
|Referees - Dave Jackson, Chris Rooney|
|Line Judges - Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler|