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Game Recap: Avalanche Oilers

Special teams gave the Avalanche an early lead, then pour it on even strength for a decisive 5-1 win.

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The Avs are on a roll. Five straight wins to be exact. Though this streak started on the road, the bevy of upcoming home games give the team hope they could stretch this out quite a bit further.

The game started off at a frantic pace, with each team exchanging a number of high-quality breakaway shots. The Avalanche bench would provide the first reprieve after putting too many men on the ice just 58 seconds in. The ensuing Oilers power play, however, would fail to give them an advantage after Erik Johnson broke up a pass and Carl Soderberg sent the puck up ice to a wide-open Blake Comeau who scored on a wrist shot. It was his second shorthanded goal of the year, the Avalanche's third. Next, they thought they'd try being effective on the power play and scored on a Tyson Barrie shot on the point -- 2-0.

We've seen the Avalanche curl up into a ball in the second period after getting first period leads. Nick Holden would prevent the continuation of this trend by actually scoring a goal at the 5:34 mark to put the Avs up 3-0 -- a lead I'm not sure recall seeing at anytime this year. Edmonton was getting off more shots, but they weren't trying hard enough against the league's hottest goaltender, Semyon Varlamov. The Avs would take their lead into the third.

Things got more tense just 2:58 into the final frame when Andrej Sekera got the Oilers on the scoreboard. Flashbacks to previous blown third period leads surely were on the minds of many Avs' fans. But then something happened. Colorado scored again -- and again. First from Jarome Iginla, right in front of the net with a nifty deke of the goalie, and then Jack Skille on yet another breakaway. The final buzzer rang out at the Pepsi Center with the score 5-1.


That was a thrashing. Corsi be damned.