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Avalanche Blast Oilers for Fifth Straight Win

December has proven to be the hot month for the Colorado Avalanche, and it became hotter on Saturday, as the Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 5-1, extinguishing an Oilers team who has been on a roll of their own.BlakeComeau2

The Avalanche opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Blake Comeau just 1:12 into the opening period, after the Avs were called for having too many men. Tyson Barrie scored a power play goal later in the period to make it 2-0, and from that point on it was all Avs, with goals from Nick Holden in the second, and from Jarome Iginla and Jack Skille in the third. Holden’s goal came after the Avs won a face-off. Holden caught the puck and later shot it into the net to make it 3-0. The only Oilers puck to get past Semyon Varlamov came from Andrej Sekera early in the third period, but that was followed by the goals by Iginla and Skille later in the period, which locked in the Avs’ fifth straight win.

Twelve different Avalanche players picked up at least a point in the game, with only Barrie racking up multiple points with a goal and an assist. Surprisingly, Matt Duchene was not among the dozen players who had a point in Saturday’s game. The win puts the Avalanche over .500 for the first time all season (17-16-1) and increases the team’s record this December to 8-2-0. Varlamov stopped 39 of the Oilers’ 40 shots in the game.

The Avalanche will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, the team’s last game before the Christmas break.

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