Barrie has 2 goals, assist and Avalanche beat Oilers 3-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The final score made the game seem closer than it was for Colorado coach Patrick Roy.
Tyson Barrie had two goals and an assist and the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Saturday night.
“We played really well, we had a lot of jump, we were quick on pucks, we were solid in the battles,” Roy said. “I thought we dominated that game, we were very happy with that performance.”
John Mitchell also scored for the Avalanche, and Calvin Pickard made 25 saves. Colorado has won four of its last five to inch past Nashville for a wild-card spot.
“I thought we had a great start and we just kind of took it from there,” Barrie said. “We had a lot of (offensive) zone time and limited their chances and when they had chances, (Pickard) was great. It was a good, solid road game for us.”
Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot scored for Edmonton, and Cam Talbot made 26 saves. The Oilers have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight to drop into last place in the NHL.
″(Our record) is disappointing for all of us, for the whole organization,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “It’s not where we thought we would be.”
Hall struck 7:14 into the first after gathering a big rebound from Leon Draisaitl’s shot. It was Hall’s 20th goal this season.
Mitchell tied it 4 minutes later off Blake Comeau’s slick pass to the doorstep.
Colorado made it 2-1 just 1:23 into the second period when Barrie was left unchecked to deflect in a long pass from Jarome Iginla.
The Avalanche took a two-goal lead 4 minutes into the third period when Barrie scored his 10th of the year on a shot through traffic.
The Oilers thought they may have gotten one back midway through the third from Teddy Purcell, but instead Hall was called for goaltender interference despite being shoved into Pickard.
“This coach’s challenge is tough, you’re asking the referee to admit he’s wrong in front of 18,000 people by watching a six-inch tablet,” Hall said. “And the Wi-Fi in our rink is mediocre at best. That’s what we’re relying on?
“This is not a shot at the refs at all, I don’t envy that position. I feel like we’d be better served if it went to a third party.”
Edmonton pulled Talbot and closed to 3-2 when Pouliot was able to sneak a puck between Pickard and the post with 1:41 left.
NOTES: It was the second of three meetings this season between the two teams. The Avs defeated the Oilers 5-1 at home on Dec. 19. ... Iginla came into the game with 38 goals and 88 points in 95 career games against Edmonton. ... Out with injuries for Colorado were Ben Street (chest), Jesse Winchester (concussion-like symptoms) and Brad Stuart (back). Goalie Reto Berra is with San Antonio of the AHL for a two-week conditioning assignment. ... Out with injuries for Edmonton were Oscar Klefbom (lower body), Andrew Ference (hip), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand) and Eric Gryba (knee). With Gryba out, recent AHL call-up Nikita Nikitin played. ... The Avalanche return to the ice on Sunday in Vancouver, while the Oilers conclude a six-game homestand on Tuesday against Ottawa.