Colorado at Edmonton

Hejduk leads Avalanche to big rout in first game back

CBS wire reports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Milan Hejduk had two goals and an assist in his first game of the season. The Colorado Avalanche didn't need his added offense against the struggling Edmonton Oilers.

Hejduk scored two of Colorado's four goals in the second period of a 7-1 victory that was the Oilers' sixth straight loss.

"It definitely helps when you score two goals on your first game back," said Hejduk, a 29-year-old native of the Czech Republic who missed the entire preseason and first six games of the regular season following surgery on his right knee.

Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville called Hejduk a "tricky player."

"He upgrades the whole team," he said.

Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen gave up three goals on 13 shots before being lifted. Ty Conklin, his replacement, allowed four goals on 11 shots in the second period, forcing Markkanen back in the game for the final 20 minutes.

There was a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place.

"I am numb," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "The plays we were making were tragic to comical."

John-Michael Liles had two of Colorado's three goals in the first period when the Oilers allowed a season-high 16 shots.

"That first period was the best we played all year," Quenneville said. "So many things across the board are what we are looking for."

Pierre Turgeon scored on a power play in the first period and Steve Konowalchuk and Patrice Brisebois added goals in the second for Colorado, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

David Aebischer made 21 saves for his second win.

After failing to score on a 1:32 two-man advantage in the third period, Ethan Moreau broke Aebischer's shutout bid with a goal at 9:11.

The Oilers finished 1-for-6 on the power play to slide to 2-for-37 in their last six games. Colorado finished 3-for-8 with the man advantage.

Oilers forward Ryan Smyth returned for spot duty after missing six games with a sprained left knee.

Smyth said the team is in a big funk after starting the season 3-0.

"We were embarrassed," Smyth said. "We need to simplify things and get back to the basics of hockey. "We've got to stop the bleeding."


  • The Oilers sold out their October home games for the first time in 21 seasons.
  • Edmonton, which beat the Avalanche 4-3 on opening night, lost 7-0 at home to Chicago on Feb. 1, 1995.
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Raffi Torres, Ian Laperriere, Steve Konowalchuk and Jason Smith get into a scuffle. (AP)
Raffi Torres, Ian Laperriere, Steve Konowalchuk and Jason Smith get into a scuffle. (AP)
Colorado  (3-3-1) «3407
Edmonton (3-5-1)0011
Three Stars
J. Liles

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Hejduk

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
P. Turgeon

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
04:53Power Play - Pierre Turgeon (2), Tip-In - Assists: Patrice Brisebois and John-Michael Liles
09:42John-Michael Liles (3), Tip-In - Assists: Pierre Turgeon and Ian Laperriere
14:09John-Michael Liles (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay
01:02Milan Hejduk, Wrist Shot - Assists: Joe Sakic and Rob Blake
10:22Steve Konowalchuk (2), Tip-In - Assists: Brett McLean and Andrew Brunette
15:57Power Play - Milan Hejduk, Slap Shot - Assists: Brett Clark and Rob Blake
18:47Power Play - Patrice Brisebois (3), Snap Shot - Assists: Pierre Turgeon and Wojtek Wolski
09:11Power Play - Ethan Moreau (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Michael Peca and Ales Hemsky
Penalty Summary
04:38Horcoff: Holding - 2 min.
07:59Konowalchuk: Roughing - 2 min.
07:59Smith: Roughing - 2 min.
11:13Liles: High sticking - 2 min.
15:07May: Roughing - 2 min.
15:07Rita: Roughing - 2 min.
15:07Laraque: Roughing - 2 min.
01:47Turgeon: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
04:47Laraque: Hooking - 2 min.
09:01Laraque: Fighting - 5 min.
09:01May: Fighting - 5 min.
11:36Semenov: Elbowing - 2 min.
11:36Semenov: Fighting - 5 min.
11:36Laperriere: Fighting - 5 min.
14:45Bergeron: Delay of Game - 2 min.
17:18Smyth: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
00:43Konowalchuk: Hooking - 2 min.
01:11Blake: Closing Hand on Puck - 2 min.
08:00Brisebois: Tripping - 2 min.
11:55Liles: Interference - 2 min.
16:03Laraque: Roughing - 2 min.
18:04Bergeron: Tripping - 2 min.
Colorado1694 29
Edmonton679 22
Attendance - 16839
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Mick McGeough, Brad Meier
Line Judges - Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
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