If Saturday night's game was any indication, fans never would have suspected that the Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers were in the bottom five in NHL scoring before the puck dropped.
Before Saturday, the Avalanche had scored only 27 goals — an NHL worst — while its Northwest Division compatriots had only mustered 29.
True to that statistic, the Avalanche failed to outscore the Oilers, and blew a three-goal lead in the process, dropping a 6-4 decision at Rexall Place. Colorado fell to 2-5 on the road.
Despite their better efforts, Matt Duchene and Jamie McGinn came way from Colorado's disappointing loss with three points, one goal and two assists each.
Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi scored the game-winner late in the third period to overtake the Avalanche, which led 4-1 in the second period.
The Oilers took a franchise-record 56 shots, including 23 in the first period, after which they still trailed 3-1.
"We gave up close to 60 shots. That's something we're not proud of as a group," Avs coach Joe Sacco said. "This isn't the way you want to lose games. ... It's not acceptable."
Avs blow 4-1 lead and lose at Edmonton for another road loss
Denver Post | Feb 17