Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

AdChoices
Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov during NHL action on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov during NHL action on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (JASON FRANSON/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

NHL Action

Avalanche hand Oilers fourth straight loss Add to ...

The final score made the game seem closer than what it was for Colorado coach Patrick Roy.

Tyson Barrie had two goals and an assist as the Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday.

“We played really well, we had a lot of jump, we were quick on pucks, we were solid in the battles,” said Roy.

“I thought we dominated that game, we were very happy with that performance.”

John Mitchell also scored for the Avalanche (31-26-4), who have won four of their last five games to inch past Nashville and into the first playoff wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Barrie agreed with his coach that his team was rock solid on the road.

“I thought we had a great start and we just kind of took it from there,” he said. “We had a lot of (offensive) zone time and limited their chances and when they had chances, (goalie Calvin Pickard) was great. It was a good, solid road game for us.”

Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot responded for the Oilers (22-32-6), who have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight to drop back into last place in the NHL.

“(Our record) is disappointing for all of us, for the whole organization,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “It’s not where we thought we would be.”

Edmonton actually struck first, seven minutes into the first period, as a big rebound from a Leon Draisaitl shot came to Hall, who made no mistake putting his 20th of the season past Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard.

The Avalanche tied it up four minutes later when Blake Comeau made a spin-around pass to set up Mitchell on the doorstep, putting it into a wide-open net before Oilers starter Cam Talbot could get across.

Colorado made it 2-1 just 1:23 into the second period as Barrie was left unchecked to deflect home a long pass from Jarome Iginla.

The Avalanche took a two-goal lead four minutes into the third period as Barrie scored his 10th of the year on a shot through traffic.

The Oilers thought they may have gotten one back midway through the third on a Teddy Purcell goal, but instead Hall was called for goaltender interference despite being shoved into Pickard — a call the Oilers disputed.

“This coach’s challenge is tough, you’re asking the referee to admit he’s wrong in front of 18,000 people by watching a six-inch tablet,” Hall said. “And the Wi-Fi in our rink is mediocre at best. That’s what we’re relying on?

“This is not a shot at the refs at all, I don’t envy that position. I feel like we’d be better served if it went to a third party.”

Edmonton pulled Talbot and closed to 3-2 when Pouliot was able to sneak a puck between Pickard and the post with 1:41 left.

The Avalanche return to the ice on Sunday in Vancouver, while the Oilers conclude a six-game homestand on Tuesday against Ottawa.

Report Typo/Error

Next Story

In the know

The Globe Recommends

loading

Most popular videos »

Highlights

More from The Globe and Mail

Most popular