Colorado slips again with 3rd-pe­riod woes Ed­mon­ton puts game away with two late goals

OIL­ERS 4, AVALANCHE 1

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Hills

ed­mon­ton, al­berta» Over the past few weeks, the Avalanche has had trou­ble putting to­gether a full 60-minute ef­fort.

There have been some mon­u­men­tal col­lapses that fea­tured some third-pe­riod dis­as­ters dur­ing that span too.

On Satur­day night at Rogers Place, the Avs put to­gether a solid ef­fort, but once again, the team strug­gled in the third pe­riod and the Avalanche dropped a 4-1 de­ci­sion to the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers.

Be­niot Pouliot, Leon Drai­saitl scored first-pe­riod goals, while Drake Cag­giula and Ryan Nu­gen­tHop­kins scored in the third pe­riod for the Oil­ers to put the game away.

Trade dead­line ac­qui­si­tion Sven An­drighetto scored his third goal as a mem­ber of the Avalanche in the loss.

De­spite giv­ing up four goals, Calvin Pickard was solid in the loss, mak­ing 25 saves, while Lau­rent Brossoit made 24 saves to col­lect his third win for Ed­mon­ton.

In Thurs­day’s loss to Ed­mon­ton, the Avalanche gave up five goals in the third pe­riod, in­clud­ing three in the fi­nal 2:10, and the Oil­ers con­tin­ued that trend early on.

Pouliot scored his eighth goal of the sea­son af­ter tip­ping home a blast from Oil­ers rookie de­fense­man Matthew Ben­ning to give Ed­mon­ton a 1-0 lead just 1:54 into the con­test.

Colorado an­swered right back as An­drighetto tied it at 1-1 just 45 sec­onds later. The speedy Swiss winger took a feed from de­fense­man Mark Bar­be­rio and blew by Oil­ers de­fense­man Adam Lars­son and tucked home his fifth goal of the year through the five-hole of Brossoit.

Oil­ers power for­ward Pa­trick Ma­roon left the game in the first pe­riod af­ter tak­ing a vi­cious cross­check from Avalanche de­fense­man Fran­cois Beau­chemin in front of the Avs net.

Cag­giula took his spot on the Oil­ers top line with Con­nor McDavid and he contributed on his first shift.

Cag­giula fed Drai­saitl with a cross-ice feed from the top of the cir­cle and Drai­saitl made no mis­take one-tim­ing a blast past Pickard at the 10:47 mark giv­ing the Oil­ers the lead for good.

Ma­roon re­turned to the game in the sec­ond pe­riod and al­most gave Ed­mon­ton a two-goal lead with five min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond, but Pickard stretched across with a right pad save to deny the Oil­ers bruis­ing winger his 26th goal of the year.

Af­ter 40 min­utes, Colorado was hang­ing with the up­start Oil­ers, as they only found them­selves down by a sin­gle goal.

One strong shift could change the mo­men­tum, but af­ter some good scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties came up empty early in the third, Ed­mon­ton took ad­van­tage of Colorado the rest of the way with two power-play mark­ers to put the game out of reach.

Cag­giula tipped home a Nu­gent-Hop­kins feed from the slot at the 8:46 mark, while Nu­gen­tHop­kins would score his 16th goal of the sea­son with 4:26 re­main­ing.

Os­car Klef­bom of the Oil­ers homes in on Avalanche cap­tain Gabe Lan­deskog dur­ing the first pe­riod of Satur­day night’s game in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta. Colorado lost 4-1. Code McLach­lan, The Cana­dian Press

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