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Oilers get 4 PP goals , beat Avalanche 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 12:42 am •  Published: January 29, 2013

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have made a habit of falling behind early in games this season. They finally got an early lead against Colorado and Devan Dubnyk did the rest.

Dubnyk made 37 saves — including 23 in the third period — and the Oilers scored of all their goals on the power play to beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night.

Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Nail Yakupov, into an empty net, scored on the man advantage for the Oilers (3-2-0). Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner each had two assists as Edmonton finally got a strong start to a game after falling behind in each of its first four outings.

"They had a really strong push at the end," Dubnyk said of the Avalanche. "You are able to get through things like that when you have earned a three-goal lead with how well we played in the first 40 minutes. There are going to be swings in momentum throughout the game. We wanted to get that first goal and get a lead, which we hadn't been able to do all year. It was good to see."

Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was glad to see his squad not have to dig itself out of a hole.

"The puck management through the first 40 minutes was an excellent reaction," he said. "It was an excellent first two periods all around, the kind of game we want to see on a regular basis.

"They pushed us in the third and we had to buckle down and (Dubnyk) played excellent. But we showed in the first two periods that when get teams down low and get moving like that, we are going to be a tough team to play against."

P.A. Parenteau scored for the Avalanche (2-3-0), who have lost two in a row to start a four-game road trip.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said his team once again got stung in odd-man situations after allowing three power-play goals in Saturday's 4-0 loss to San Jose.

"We put ourselves in short-handed situations again," he said. "We've allowed seven power-play goals now in two games. That's not good enough. The overall game was not good enough as well. We have to pick it up on our special teams, there is no question. And one goal in two games isn't going to get you many points."

Edmonton opened the scoring with five minutes left to play in the first on the tail end of a power play. Hemsky swooped in and swatted a puck past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov during a scramble in front of the net.

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