Colorado at Edmonton

Avalanche 3, Oilers 2 (OT)


EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Colorado Avalanche played the spoiler role to perfection, though that's not the way they look at it.

John-Michael Liles scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

"We're not looking at it as being spoilers right now, we're just looking to win as many games as we can," Colorado coach Tony Granato said.

Darcy Tucker and Paul Stastny also scored for the Avalanche, coming off a win over the playoff-contending Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. With the victory, Colorado moved out of the Western Conference basement -- a point ahead of Phoenix.

"We're not worried about who we are playing or where they are in the standings," Granato said. "We're worried about wining the games and still trying to climb as high as we can and play as hard as we can all the way to the end."

Robert Nilsson and Sheldon Souray scored for Edmonton. The Oilers lost for the third straight time in overtime to drop from seventh to a tie for eighth with Nashville in the Western Conference.

"It was just a missed opportunity early," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We had a great opportunity to win the game early, but after that it was just poor playmaking. We didn't make enough plays from breakouts on through. And the faceoffs, it's hard to sustain anything when you can't win those.

"It's a point, but it wasn't a great effort."

Nilsson opened the scoring for Edmonton at 3:09 of the first period, and Tucker tied it on a power play with 4:58 left in the period. Stastny added a power-play goal at 4:20 of the third, and Souray tied it with 5:20 left in regulation.


Colorado defenseman Adam Foote missed the game. He sustained a head injury Thursday when he was hit by Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck. ... The Avalanche have played an NHL-high 37 one-goal games this season.

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Three Stars
J. Liles

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
S. Souray

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Smyth

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:09Robert Nilsson (9), Tip-In, Unassisted.
15:02Power Play - Darcy Tucker (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Stewart, Liles
04:20Power Play - Paul Stastny (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Liles, Wolski
14:40Sheldon Souray (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Brodziak, Staios
42.0John-Michael Liles (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Svatos, Hannan
Penalty Summary
06:34Peckham, 5 min, Fighting
06:34Stewart, 5 min, Fighting
13:19Pisani, 2 min, Hooking
08:59Pisani, 2 min, Interference
14:47Stastny, 2 min, Tripping
03:42Souray, 2 min, Holding
11:02Salei, 2 min, Holding
14:50Penner, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
Peter Budaj 60:42182
Dwayne Roloson 60:42273
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Referees - Steve Kozari, Chris Rooney
Linesmen - Vaughan Rody, Jay Sharrers
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