Colorado at Edmonton

Oilers make up deficit, edge playoff-bound Avalanche in overtime

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Headed for a last-place finish in another lost season, the Edmonton Oilers managed to finish their home schedule on a high note.

Ryan Whitney scored at 3:50 of overtime to give the Oilers a 5-4 victory over the playoff-bound Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday

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Whitney pinched in from the point, took a perfect pass from Dustin Penner and beat goalie Peter Budaj for Edmonton's ninth victory in its last 12 home games.

"This was the perfect way to finish off the homestand," Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert said. "It's something that we've been thinking a lot about, trying to play well at home."

Matt Hendricks tied it at 4 for Colorado with 7:02 left in regulation.

After Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Marek Svatos scored in the first 8:58 to give the Avalanche a 3-0 lead, the Oilers rallied to take the lead.

"It didn't look very bright early on, five shots and three goals," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said "And it wasn't the goaltender's fault on any one of them. All four goals were on the doorstep and not what you want to have happen.

"It's happened to us a lot all season long and it has cost us some games. But our guys battled in a lot of other areas and came back."

Shawn Horcoff and Penner had first-period goals, Mike Comrie tied it on a power play in the second, and Andrew Cogliano made it 4-3 at 6:08 of the third.

"You have to find a way to put a team away when you are up 3-0," said Avalanche winger Cody McLeod, who had two assists. "But we let them back in the game and it came back to haunt us."

The Avalanche clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with shootout victory in Vancouver.

Colorado rested captain Adam Foote, forwards Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk and TJ Galiardi, defenseman Scott Hannan and goalie Craig Anderson.

"When you don't have those guys in the lineup you are going to feel the effect," McLeod said. "But we have depth in this room and there is no way the guys in this room tonight couldn't have got it done. We're going to need everyone come playoff time."

Notes

  • Oilers forward Sam Gagner has decided to call it a season after missing the last six games because of a sore hip.
  • Colorado forward Peter Mueller remains out indefinitely because of a concussion.
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Ryan Whitney is congratulated by Aaron Johnson (2) after scoring the winning goal. (Getty Images)
Ryan Whitney is congratulated by Aaron Johnson (2) after scoring the winning goal. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Colorado (43-29-8)30104
Edmonton  (26-46-8) «21115
Three Stars
D. Penner
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
T. Gilbert
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
C. McLeod
COL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:33Matt Duchene (24), Wrist Shot. Assist: Liles, Wilson
04:57Ryan O'Reilly (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: McLeod, Salei
08:58Marek Svatos (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tucker, Quincey
13:59Power Play - Shawn Horcoff (13), Snap Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Moreau
18:12Dustin Penner (32), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gilbert
2ND PERIOD
06:02Power Play - Mike Comrie (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: O'Sullivan, Johnson
3RD PERIOD
06:10Andrew Cogliano (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Penner
12:58Matt Hendricks (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: McLeod, Liles
OT
03:50Ryan Whitney (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Penner, Cogliano
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:16Salei, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
04:44Stewart, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
12:01Arsene, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
02:18Arsene, 2 min, Tripping
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Colorado782035
Edmonton14141240
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Peter Budaj 63:50405
Jeff Deslauriers 63:50314
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