DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche continue finding ways to win despite losing key players.
At home, at least.
P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn scored goals 3 minutes, 29 seconds apart in the second period and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday.
Paul Stastny also scored and Semyon Varlamov made 25 saves for Colorado, which remained unbeaten in three home games. Matt Duchene and McGinn added an assist apiece.
"In order to have a lot of success in this league, you have to be a dominant home team," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "We're off to a good start with a long way to go here. It is the way we want to play at home."
The injury-riddled Avalanche suffered another loss when defenseman Ryan Wilson left the game in the second period with a leg injury. He did not return.
It's the fourth top-tier player to go down in the first eight games of the year. Forward Steve Downie is out for the season with a torn ACL, captain Gabriel Landeskog was put on injured reserve with head and leg injuries suffered against San Jose last week, and David Jones was scratched with a knee injury suffered against Calgary on Thursday.
"We had a rough run there. It is what it is," Parenteau said. "We're going to have to live with it. Some of our guys are going to have to chip in a little more. Tonight they did."
McGinn was one of them. The veteran winger scored his first goal of the season in what turned out to be the winner.
"It was due to happen. It feels even better when you pick up the two points and we stayed hot at home," McGinn said.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 37 shots and Nail Yakupov scored for the Oilers.
Even without Wilson, Colorado was able to hold on as the Oilers tried desperately for the equalizer in the third. They hit a post and Varlamov made a big save on Ales Hemsky on a point-blank shot midway through the period.
Edmonton's last strong chance came on a power play with 3:17 left. They pulled Dubnyk for an extra attacker 30 seconds later but the Avalanche took advantage when Stastny jumped out of the box and scored an empty-netter to seal it. It was his third goal in the last two games.