EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — It went from being another game filled with breakdowns to what could end up being a breakout game for the Edmonton Oilers.
Magnus Paajarvi scored the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes as the Oilers used a team-record 56 shots to rally from a three-goal deficit and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Saturday night.
The Oilers originally planned to have Paajarvi a healthy scratch, but made him active at the last minute when Lennart Petrell took a puck to the helmet during the pre-game warmups.
"He was probably eating hot dogs already when we pulled him in," Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger joked of Paajarvi. "He didn't even get a warmup and he scores the winner.
"It was a big game for us to explode like this and get these points in regulation time."
Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky each had two goals, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who trailed 3-0 and 4-1 before storming back. The Oilers completed their comeback with 1:34 remaining in the third period as Ryan Smyth chipped a pass to a hard-charging Paajarvi, who had a wide-open net to put the puck into.
"I got to the rink at 7:30 (for the 8 p.m. game) and was getting ready for a workout," Paajarvi laughed. "I got the call that I would be playing at 7:55 p.m."
Edmonton had 23 shots in the opening period, 15 in the second and 18 in the third when they scored three times. The Oilers topped the previous team record of 55 shots against the Minnesota North Stars in 1986.
"It just goes to show what shooting the puck does," Nugent-Hopkins said. "It's pretty cool to be a part of a record, especially being able to set one with this organization, which has some pretty tough records to beat."
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene, Jamie McGinn and John Mitchell had goals for the Avalanche, who have lost four of their last five.
"We got what we deserved tonight," Colorado head coach Joe Sacco said. "We gave up close to 60 shots tonight, which is something we are obviously not proud of as a group. We need to make sure we respond the right way from this. Losing is losing and you are going to lose some games, but not the way that we lost tonight. It was unacceptable."
Eberle capped off the game with an empty-net goal, giving the Oilers their second win in three games.
Colorado scored just 1:22 into the game as the Oilers did a poor job clearing traffic in front of Devan Dubnyk, allowing McLeod to scoop up a loose puck inches in front of the Edmonton goalie and hook it into the net.
Edmonton's best opportunity to that point came with five minutes to play in the first period after a flurry of activity in the Colorado zone when Eberle slid a puck through the crease behind Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov.