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Avalanche 6, Oilers 2

October 16, 1997

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Patrick Roy made 48 saves and Peter Forsberg had a goal and five assists as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 Wednesday night to remain the NHL’s only unbeaten team.

The Avalanche improved to 5-0-2 with their second decision over Edmonton in seven days.

Edmonton outshot Colorado 50-19, including 24-7 in the third period.

Colorado took the lead 4:26 into the game on Adam Deadmarsh’s fourth goal of the season moments after Roy made a glove save off Jason Arnott. Deadmarsh streaked into the Edmonton zone and slid Forsberg’s pass off the post and past goaltender Curtis Joseph.

Just over two minutes later, Forsberg deflected Adam Foote’s shot from the point past Joseph for his third goal of the season.

The Oilers threatened when rookie Steve Kelly dodged past Foote, who stumbled, but the shot sailed wide. On the ensuing rush, Sandis Ozolinsh burned Joseph with a low slap shot from just inside the blue line at 11:48 for a 3-0 lead.

Edmonton made it 3-1 at 13:13 of the second period when Boris Mironov’s shot glanced off defenseman Uwe Krupp past Roy.

But any momentum the Oilers may have gained was quickly lost when Ozolinsh took a loose puck during a Colorado power play and sent his second goal of the season past Joseph at 14:45.

Ryan Smyth got the Oilers within 3-2 at 3:16 of the third period on a power play, ending Colorado’s penalty-killing streak at 36.

But Forsberg collected his fourth and fifth assists of the night on power-play goals by Joe Sakic at 5:08 and Jari Kurri at 16:58.

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