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Oilers 4, Avalanche 1

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DENVER - Jordan Eberle scored a goal and had two assists, Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Friday.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots and Taylor Hall also scored a goal for the Oilers, who ended a six-game losing streak.

P.A. Parenteau scored his 17th goal for Colorado.

The Oilers are on the brink of being mathematically eliminated from the playoff race but held off on vacation plans by getting a much-needed win over Colorado.

Edmonton won four of the five meetings against its Northwest Division rival, including two of three in Denver.

The Avalanche were eliminated from any postseason chance long ago, but they had played well of late, going 2-0-2 against teams in or fighting for the playoffs. They couldn't solve Edmonton, which continued its domination of Colorado this season.

The Oilers made themselves at home again Friday, scoring twice in the first period and once in the second to take a 3-1 lead.

Eberle was a one-man show in helping Edmonton end its losing streak. With the game tied 1-1 in the first, he put a twirling backhand shot on net through traffic that Schultz tipped past goalie Semyon Varlamov to make it 2-1.

In the second, Eberle skated in on the goalie and left a drop pass to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who beat Varlamov with a wrister. He then gave the Oilers a 4-1 lead with his 13th goal later in the period.

Varlamov had 20 saves in his return to the lineup.

NOTES: Varlamov and forward Milan Hejduk were back in the lineup for Colorado. Varlamov missed the last five games because of a hip injury while Hejduk missed five games with a shoulder injury and nine games total. ... Eberle's assist in the first period was his first point in seven games. He had a five-game points streak before going scoreless. ... Colorado killed off a penalty in the first period Friday to extend its streak to 10 straight in the three-plus home games. They improved to a league-best 91.5 percent at in killing off penalties at home. ... Edmonton outscored Colorado 15-8 in the first four meetings. The Oilers won three of those games.
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