(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to get back in the win
column on Monday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers for a Northwest Division
clash at Rexall Place.
The Avalanche had won two straight games before beginning a four-game road
trip with a 4-0 setback in San Jose. The Sharks scored twice in the first
period and added two more goals in the second to earn Saturday's easy victory
at HP Pavilion.
Colorado allowed the Sharks to score three times on six opportunities with the
man advantage. Prior to Saturday's game, the Avs had killed off 15-of-17
penalties this season.
"We have to do a better job of staying out of the box," said Colorado head
coach Joe Sacco. "Those two power-play goals in the first period were big and
then we gave them more minors to work with. You can't win when you're playing
short-handed all the time."
Semyon Varlamov was tagged for all four goals on 26 shots for the Avalanche
and was pulled after two periods. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all 17 shots
he faced in the third.
The Avalanche received a scare when captain Gabriel Landeskog was forced to
leave Saturday's game after absorbing a big check from San Jose's Brad Stuart
late in the first period. Fortunately, Landeskog returned to the ice in the
second period and appeared to be okay.
Landeskog, who won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie last
season, has one goal on the season.
Colorado is 0-2-0 on the road this season after going 19-18-4 as the guest in
2011-12. The Avs will also visit Vancouver and Calgary during their current
The Oilers have alternated wins and losses over their first four games of the
season and the club is coming off Saturday's setback in Calgary. The 4-3
decision was the first win of the season for the Flames.
Rookie Justin Schultz recorded a goal and two assists for Edmonton, while
Devan Dubnyk stopped 31 shots.
"As much as the effort was there in many situations, we deserted too much of
our principles," said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger.
The loss was a letdown after Thursday's thrilling 2-1 victory over the
visiting Los Angeles Kings. Edmonton's Nail Yakupov scored with 4.7 seconds
remaining in regulation to send that game to overtime, where Sam Gagner won it
after converting a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Oilers and Avs split six meetings in 2011-12 and each club has five wins
over the last 10 encounters. Colorado has won in three of its last five trips
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