Oilers 4, Avalanche 0

Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Devan Dubnyk stopped 36 shots for his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.
Magnus Paajarvi had a goal and an assist and Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also had goals for the Oilers.
Colorado had its two-game win streak snapped after coming out flat against Edmonton. The Avalanche had won five straight at home, including Friday's 6-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, who came to town without a regulation loss in their first 24 games.
Edmonton matched Colorado on Sunday with a win over Chicago and continued that strong play Tuesday.
Unlike against Chicago when they had a 4-0 lead before winning 6-5, the Oilers didn't need to hold off the Avalanche. They were in control from the start, building a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Horcoff and Gagner.
Horcoff's goal came after Ales Hemsky chipped the puck past defenseman Ryan O'Byrne at the Edmonton blueline and then fed Horcoff, who had a clear shot when forward Gabriel Landeskog fell down.
Gagner made it 2-0 when he put in Paajarvi's rebound at 16:18. Paajarvi gave the Oilers a 3-0 lead midway through the second when he knocked his own rebound out of the air past goalie Semyon Varlamov.
Colorado appeared to spoil the shutout early in the third period Jan Hejda's shot from the point beat Dubnyk. The officials waived it off because Landeskog was in the crease while impeding Dubnyk's vision.
Minutes later Nugent-Hopkins scored to make it 4-0.
NOTES: Horcoff's first period goal tied him with Doug Weight for ninth on the franchise's all-time goals list with 157. ... Dubnyk was back in net after leaving Sunday's game against Chicago with a neck injury suffered in a collision with teammate Teemu Hartikainen. ... Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau had a career-high six-game point streak entering Tuesday. ... Oilers center Sam Gagner has at least a point in 20 of the team's 26 games. ... Colorado has the NHL's top-ranked penalty kill at home. The Avalanche have allowed three goals on 47 shorthanded situations (93.6 percent) entering Tuesday. ... Avalanche forward David Jones hasn't recorded a point since getting a goal and an assist Feb. 28 against Calgary.

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