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Sakic saves Avs in regulation and again in shootout

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DENVER -- If the Colorado Avalanche make the playoffs, they will have their captain to thank.

Joe Sakic forced overtime by scoring with 5.9 seconds left in regulation, and then added the decisive tally in a shootout as the Avalanche strengthened their playoff position with a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

The Avalanche are seventh in the Western Conference with 90 points, four ahead of Nashville and Vancouver, who are battling for the eighth and final spot. Edmonton is two points behind the Canucks and Predators.

The Oilers would be closer if it wasn't for Sakic, who has twice forced overtime with late goals. In Vancouver on Feb. 27, he scored with 15 seconds left in regulation, and then scored the only goal in the shootout of that game. Friday was similar, and he came through again.

"It was a battle in front of the net, puck pops free and you are fortunate to get some wood on it," Sakic said.

The Avalanche outshot the Oilers 5-1 in overtime but couldn't score. In the shootout, Wojtek Wolski scored first and Robert Nilsson tied it for Edmonton. Sakic made it 2-1, Jose Theodore made a save on Sam Gagner, and Milan Hejduk clinched the win with a wrister.

"The point was like a win, and capping it off with the extra point was gigantic," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.

Tom Gilbert had a goal and an assist, and Gagner, Jarret Stoll and Curtis Glencross also scored to give Edmonton a 4-3 lead heading into the third period. Colorado had a tough time getting one by Dwayne Roloson, who made 11 of his 32 saves in the third period.

But Sakic rescued his team after he nearly tied it with less than five minutes left with a shot that hit the crossbar. He didn't miss with the Avalanche's last gasp. Colorado pulled Theodore with 1:15 left in regulation and kept the play in Edmonton's zone.

Peter Forsberg got the puck behind the Oilers net and threw a pass in front. Sakic roofed a shot for his 12th goal of the season.

"An amazing goal, a huge goal, a timely goal," Quenneville said.

The Oilers, seconds away from their sixth win in eight games, couldn't cover everyone in front.

"It was a mad dash to the net, and we have four or five guys there," said Stoll, whose team is 15-4 in shootouts this season. "We knew what they were going to do there, but we couldn't find the puck. We wanted to chip it out of there, but the wrong team found the puck and they scored."

Andrew Brunette posted two goals and an assist, Forsberg had three assists for the second straight game, and Theodore had 27 saves for Colorado, which has three games left. The Avalanche still have a shot at the Northwest Division title.

"We knew if we won this one we put ourselves in pretty good shape," Sakic said. "We still have to go on the road and play well. And hopefully we can get two points out of the game at Minnesota (on Sunday) and make a race out of the division, as well."

The Oilers, who have three games left, have work to do if they want to make the postseason for the first time since reaching the 2006 Stanley Cup finals before losing to Carolina in Game 7. They play at Calgary on Saturday night

"There is not much we can do, we have to prepare for another game, and quickly, too," defenseman Steve Staios said. "Maybe that is a good thing. We played a hard-fought, tough game tonight, and it's disappointing, but it is up to everyone in here to pick ourselves up and be ready for tomorrow."

Notes

  • All four Edmonton scorers notched their 13th goals of the season.
  • Roloson started his eighth straight game after going 17 without a start. He is 5-3 in that stretch.
  • Avalanche D Adam Foote returned to the lineup after missing three games. Foote had sat out seven of 10 games due to a hip injury.
  • Brunette played in his 450th straight game, the longest current streak in the NHL.
  • Hejduk has five goals in four games and leads the Avalanche with 27.
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Calm, cool and collected Joe Sakic celebrates the decisive shootout goal. (Getty Images)
Calm, cool and collected Joe Sakic celebrates the decisive shootout goal. (Getty Images)
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Scoreboard
Edmonton (39-34-6)22000 (1)4
Colorado  (42-31-6) «21101 (3)5
Three Stars
J. Sakic
COL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Brunette
COL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
P. Forsberg
COL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:22Andrew Brunette (18), Tip-In. Assist: Ryan Smyth, Jeff Finger
08:02Milan Hejduk (27), Snap Shot. Assist: Peter Forsberg, Paul Stastny
12:13Power Play - Tom Gilbert (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano
13:56Jarret Stoll (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Tom Gilbert, Ales Hemsky
2ND PERIOD
07:54Curtis Glencross (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Kyle Brodziak, Denis Grebeshkov
11:41Andrew Brunette (19), Snap Shot. Assist: Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic
17:03Sam Gagner (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano
3RD PERIOD
19:54Joe Sakic (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Andrew Brunette, Peter Forsberg
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
 Wojtek Wolski (3), GOAL
 Robert Nilsson (4), GOAL
 Joe Sakic (2), GOAL
 Milan Hejduk (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:40Reasoner, 2 min, Holding the Stick
05:21Pisani, 2 min, Hooking
12:05Foote, 2 min, Hooking
16:07Laperriere, 5 min, Fighting
16:07Staios, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
09:13Foote, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
07:08Forsberg, 2 min, Spearing
07:08Staios, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
11:26Nilsson, 2 min, Hooking
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Edmonton1211730
Colorado1271231
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Dwayne Roloson 65:0032433
Jose Theodore 63:4927421
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Edmonton1-for-2
Colorado0-for-0
Game Information
Attendance - 17846
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Bill McCreary
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Jonny Murray
 
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