Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Wednesday, October 5th
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Game 2: Friday, October 21st
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Game 3: Tuesday, October 25th
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Game 4: Monday, November 14th
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Game 5: Tuesday, November 29th
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Game 6: Tuesday, February 7th
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Game 7: Sunday, March 26th
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SO
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Game 8: Monday, April 17th
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(0-1-0, 0 pts)

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(1-0-0, 2 pts)

10:00 PM ET, October 5, 2005

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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COL 0 2 13
EDM 1 2 14

S. Horcoff (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

R. Smyth (Oilers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Stoll (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Edmonton fends off feisty Avalanche

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Shawn Horcoff got the season off to a great start and then impressively wrapped up Edmonton's first game.

Horcoff, who has moved from third-line center to starter, scored 24 seconds into the game and then added the game-winner with 3:18 to play as the Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Wednesday night.

"I have never really been in an offensive role here before," said the 27-year-old Horcoff, who is entering his fifth season with Edmonton. "I paid my dues."

Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists and Jarret Stoll also scored for Edmonton in front of a sellout crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place

"Our fans feed off that energy like no other team," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We're off to a good start."

Brent Clark and newcomers Antti Laaksonen and Patrice Brisebois scored for Colorado.

Stoll scored on Edmonton's fourth power play of the second period on a one-timer past David Aebischher, who faced 31 shots.

Edmonton was 1-for-7 with the man advantage while Colorado was 0-for-3.

Horcoff, who started the game centering Smyth and Radek Dvorak, set a franchise record for the fastest goal a season when he batted the puck past Aebischer in a crowd.

Smyth then tipped a shot by Dvorak past Aebischer just under six minutes later.

"It was close, but we were always down," Aebischer said. "It was one game."

Goals by Clark and Laaksonen came in the first five shots at Oilers goalie Ty Conklin, who had a 4.87 goals-against average and .830 save percentage in five preseason appearances.

Brisebois beat Conklin on Colorado's 14th shot of the game in the third period to tie the game 3-3.

But Conklin, who finished with 14 saves, stopped Pierre Turgeon at the side of the net in the final minute to preserve the win.

Fans were treated to a glitzy red carpet at the entrance to Rexall Place followed by a 30-minute pre-game ceremony featuring backlit bagpipers, fireworks and a video retrospective of the Oilers glory days.

"I had chills," said Horcoff, who spent a portion of the 17-month break because of the lockout playing in the Swedish Elite League. "How could you not feel energetic after that?"

Game notes


Edmonton G Jussi Markkannen is expected to be activated Thursday, having recovered from a broken collarbone. ... The fastest season-opening goal in the NHL was scored at 10 seconds by Kent Nilsson, then of Minnesota, in a 4-4 tie with Quebec on Oct. 11, 1986. Nilsson is now a scout for the Oilers.

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