Edmonton Oilers’ winning streak ends with penalty shootout loss to Colorado – Edmonton | The Canadian News


Darcy Kuemper made 49 saves in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche outscored the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

The Oilers ended their six-game winning streak.

“I thought it was a very exciting game for our fans,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said after the game. “As a coach, standing behind our players, you saw everyone take risks and compete at a very high level. We got an important point from that game.”

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There were no goals, but there were several close calls in an action-packed first period. The avalanche hit the post three times and forced Mikko Koskinen to make a couple of big saves. At the other end, Darcy Kuemper slid in to conjure up an amazing save on an open Jesse Puljujarvi.

“The team played very well against me,” Koskinen said after the game. “It was like a playoff game. There weren’t too many quality chances. I really like how we play.”

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The Oilers sped it up in the second, outscoring the Avs 16-5. Kuemper stood his ground, while Koskinen was there when called upon. He made a left pad save on a breakaway attempt by Valeri Nichushkin.

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“When it’s my turn to play, I’ll do my best,” Koskinen said. “Mike (Smith) has been playing very well lately and I think it’s a positive thing that two goalkeepers are playing well.”

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Warren Foegele finally broke the ice 5:24 into the third. He hit Darnell Nurse’s point shot to score his 11th of the season. Midway through the third, Kuemper stole Puljujarvi again, extending his left arm in a spectacular denial. With 5:07 remaining, Nathan MacKinnon grabbed a rebound and hit a backhand to make it 1-1.

The Avs began the power play with 2:24 remaining when Evan Bouchard was flagged for interfering with Nico Sturm. Koskinen made big saves on Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Rantanen to send the game into an extra session.

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t keep playing hockey, it felt like a playoff game and in a playoff game there are no penalties,” Woodcroft said. “There was a lot of good stuff in that game and we’re going to have to build on that down the stretch here.”

In overtime, MacKinnon was ejected for cutting Connor McDavid’s cane. This time it was Kuemper’s turn to save the day, with stops on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid. The Oilers outscored the Avs 11-0 in overtime.

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MacKinnon scored the only goal of the penalty shootout.

“I think we played a good game,” McDavid said. “I thought we should have found a way to get two points and we only found a way to get one. It’s disappointing in that way, but there’s a lot I like about it.”

McDavid had his 15-game point streak coming to an end. The Oilers were denied a 10th straight home win on ice. That would have set a franchise record.

The Oilers, 42-25-6, will visit the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

With files from Brenden Escott, 630 CHED

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