It was one of those games that you didn't want to end. Right from the first period when Ian Lapperiere deflected Jeff Finger's shot to put the Avs up 1-0, you knew it was going to be a good game. Then the Oilers scored and you weren't so sure. In the end, FIVE first period goals were scored, including two for the Avs by Lappy and Tyler Arnason. However, Peter Budaj, who got the start over Jose Theodore, let in three first period goals.
In the second, the teams were shutout, as Budaj made seven big saves from in close. This set us up for a third period in which the Avs would need to attack. They did.
Just 2:20 into the third, Lappy got his second goal of the night and tied the game 3-3. Lappy almost completed the hat trick shorthanded when his slap shot hit the post.
Making 13 saves in the third, Budaj managed to get the Avs into overtime...then a shootout.
Col: Wolski - GOAL (Fake backhand to the forehand side)
Edm: Gagne - Missed (Fake to the backhand side - missed high)
Col: Smyth - Missed (Fake to forehand side - Stopped by Roloson)
Edm: Hemsky - Missed (Shot to the stick side)
Col: Sakic - Missed (Wrist Shot to the stick side - Hit the post)
Edm: Torre - GOAL (Shot through the five hole)
Col: Savtos - GOAL (Wrist shot to the forehand side)
Edm: Reasoner - Missed (Backhand stick side - Hit the Post)
Final Score: Avs: 4 vs Oilers: 3
The Avs took two points and are now in first place in the Northwest Division standings!
The Avs need to limit the amount of turnovers they at the blueline in their zone. A turnover lead to an Oilers goal last night.
The powerplay is still dreadful (0-4 last night) and the penalty kill has now allowed a goal in five straight games. (Ranked 12th in the league.)
Joel Quenville's goalie rotation continues to work. He's been playing Theodore and Budaj based on past performance against the teams Colorado is playing each night. (Budaj has better career stats against the Oilers.) It seems that we once again have no #1 goalie, but instead are in a similar situation that Minessota was in a few years ago. (Roloson and Fernandez split playing time.)
Tyler Arnason continues to own the Oilers, registering a goal and an assist in the game.
Joe Sakic's eight game assist/point streak was snapped last night. The assist streak was an NHL high this season.
Ian Lapperiere was named Wednesday's third star on NHL.com Lappy had a three point night.
Props to Scott Hannan, Kyle Cumiskey's defensive partner. Cumiskey, a second year player in the NHL, is known to take many offensive chances. Great job by Hannan to recognize this and make sure that the Oilers can't get numbers going the other way.
The Avs finished their five game homestand against the Oilers with a record of 4-1.
Play of the Game:
With only a few minues left in the third, the Oilers had a two-on-one when Kurt Sauer went down on the ice, spread his body out, and managed to deliver a beautiful poke check. The play most likely saved a goal.
In his career, Lappy has had 18 multi-goal games. (Including ONE hat trick)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Ian Lapperiere (Three points and good penalty killing by Lappy)
2. Tyler Arnason (Two points, including the first assist on the game-tying goal)
3. Brett Clark (Very creative and he has been creating nice offensive chances.)
The Avs look for revenge against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The Canucks gave the Avs their only loss at the Pepsi Center and Colorado will look to return the favor. Statistics show that Jose Theodore will be starting this game.