Colorado at Edmonton

Brunette's first hat trick helps Avs hold off Oilers


EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Colorado Avalanche got three power-play goals from Andrew Brunette -- and still needed more offense to win a wild game against Edmonton.

Brett McLean broke a tie midway through the third period, sending Colorado to a 7-6 victory and spoiling the Oilers' comeback bid Tuesday night.

Pierre Turgeon and Mark Rycroft also scored for the Avalanche, while Paul Stastny added a goal and three assists. Brunette had his first NHL hat trick, and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.

"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."


  • Oilers forward Ryan Smyth has resumed practicing, but his broken thumb hadn't healed enough to allow him to play Tuesday.
  • Torres got his 100th NHL point with an assist on Stoll's first-period goal. Shawn Horcoff got his 200th point with an assist.
  • Colorado forward Ian Laperriere has only one goal after scoring a career-high 21 goals last season.
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Andrew Brunette (R) gets a little love from teammate Paul Stastny on one of his three goals.  (AP)
Andrew Brunette (R) gets a little love from teammate Paul Stastny on one of his three goals. (AP)
Colorado  (17-15-2) «2327
Edmonton (17-14-2)3036
Three Stars
A. Brunette

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
R. Torres

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
P. Stastny

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3

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Scoring Summary
04:06Toby Petersen, Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
06:03Jarret Stoll (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Raffi Torres, Ladislav Smid
12:37Pierre Turgeon (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Brad Richardson, Ossi Vaananen
15:11Raffi Torres (7), Wrist Shot - Assist: Matt Greene
16:00Power Play - Andrew Brunette (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Paul Stastny, Pierre Turgeon
07:25Mark Rycroft (3), Backhand Shot - Assists: Brad Richardson, Ken Klee
16:44Power Play - Andrew Brunette (10), Wrist Shot - Assists: Paul Stastny, John-Michael Liles
19:26Power Play - Andrew Brunette (11), Snap Shot - Assists: Pierre Turgeon, Paul Stastny
00:31Petr Sykora (13), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff
04:12Paul Stastny (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Mark Rycroft, Brad Richardson
07:09Petr Sykora (14), Wrist Shot - Assist: Ales Hemsky
08:18Joffrey Lupul (10), Snap Shot - Assists: Marty Reasoner, Toby Petersen
11:27Brett McLean (7), Wrap Shot - Assists: Milan Hejduk, John-Michael Liles
Penalty Summary
15:42Smith: Tripping - 2 min.
16:00Horcoff: Hooking - 2 min.
16:00Smid: Holding - 2 min.
19:35Turgeon: Slashing - 2 min.
00:36Klee: Holding - 2 min.
05:03Laperriere: Fighting - 5 min.
05:03Winchester: Fighting - 5 min.
11:30Vaananen: Interference - 2 min.
15:30Stoll: Holding - 2 min.
15:34Tjarnqvist: High sticking - 2 min.
18:55Hemsky: Hooking - 2 min.
04:45Laaksonen: Tripping - 2 min.
12:47Torres: Tripping - 2 min.
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Dwayne Roloson58:58237
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Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Dave Jackson, Chris Rooney
Line Judges - Lyle Seitz, Mark Wheler
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