Avalanche 3, Oilers 1

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Jamie McGinn had a goal and an assist, P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny also scored and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Saturday.
Semyon Varlamov had 25 saves and Matt Duchene and Ryan Wilson had an assist each for the Avalanche (4-4-0), which has won two straight.
Nail Yakupov scored Edmonton's only goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots for the Oilers.
Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner each recorded an assist.
The Oilers (4-3-1) jumped ahead with a goal in the first minute when Yakupov beat Varlamov 58 seconds into the game.
Dubnyk made it stand up for a long stretch as Colorado put 22 shots on him before finally getting one past him. After failing to score on a 30-second 5-on-3 chance, the Avalanche broke through.
Parenteau redirected a shot over Dubnyk at 12:07 of the second for his sixth goal of the season. Three minutes later, Duchene stole the puck from Hemsky along the boards and fed a pass to McGinn, who tipped it over Dubnyk's right shoulder to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.
In the third period, the Oilers had chances to tie it but couldn't capitalize. They hit the post on one shot and Varlamov stoned Hemsky in the slot midway through the period.
The Oilers pulled Dubnyk with 1:30 left on a power play, but it backfired when Stastny came out of the box and scored on an empty net on a breakaway.
The Avalanche, who were without three of their top forwards, lost Wilson to a leg injury in the second period. He did not return.
NOTES: Gagner has at least one point in each of Edmonton's first eight games. ... Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog missed his fourth straight game with head and leg injuries. Landeskog was injured on a neutral-ice hit at San Jose on Jan. 26. His leg is improving but the Avalanche is being cautious with the head injury. He was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 26. Colorado recalled forward David Van Der Gulik from Lake Erie on Friday. ... Edmonton center Eric Belanger took a shot off the leg late in the first period and had to be helped to the locker room. He returned to the game. ... Oilers center Shawn Horcoff scratched for the second straight game. ... Colorado forward David Jones was out of the lineup with a knee injury suffered in Thursday's win at Calgary. He is day-to-day.

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