Derek Roy gets tiebreaking goal as Oilers beat Avalanche
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Derek Roy scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Edmonton Oilers recovered after giving up a three-goal lead and held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Martin Marincin, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall all scored in the first 9:36 of the game for the Oilers, who have won two of their last three games. Ben Scrivens stopped 31 shots.
Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay scored in the second period, and Ryan O'Reilly tied it early in the third for the Avalanche, who have lost three in a row and are 10 points out of playoff spot with just nine games remaining.
Semyon Varlamov allowed three goals on the Oilers' first seven shots before getting pulled in favor of Reto Berra, who finished with 26 saves.
On the game-winner, Roy got the puck out from behind the goal during a scramble and sweep it into the net past Berra on a power play with 9:18 to go.
Edmonton took a 1-0 lead 4 1/2 minutes in as Marincin crept in from the point and beat Varlamov with a blast from the top of the circle. It was Marincin's first career NHL goal and Oilers forward Andrew Miller picked up his first career point.
Just 1:20 later, Eberle dove to swat in a loose puck at the side of the net for his 21st of the season.
The Oilers made it 3-0 before the midway point of the first period as Hall sent a wrist shot through Varlamov's legs.
Colorado got a goal back 5:22 into the second period on the power play as Iginla stepped into a shot and sent it past Scrivens.
The Avs pulled to 3-2 with 9:29 remaining in the period as Tanguay rushed to bang in a big rebound for his 21st goal.
Colorado tied it at 4:54 of the third as Tanguay picked off a horrible giveaway by Justin Schultz and passed it to O'Reilly, who put the puck into a wide-open net.
NOTES: Edmonton, which lost Andrew Ference (concussion) and Boyd Gordon (back) the previous game, played the bulk of the game without D Mark Fayne (shoulder) and then lost F Matt Hendricks (back) after the second period.