Brunette records hat trick to help Avs spoil Oilers' rally

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche got three
power-play goals from Andrew Brunette -- and still needed more
offense to win a wild game against Edmonton.

Brett McLean broke a tie midway through the third period,
sending Colorado to a 7-6 victory and spoiling the Oilers' comeback
bid Tuesday night.

Pierre Turgeon and Mark Rycroft also scored for the Avalanche,
while Paul Stastny added a goal and three assists. Brunette had his
first NHL hat trick, and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.

"We were lucky to get a win and I'm sure they are pretty
frustrated right now," Brunette said. "It was just one of those
nights when things found a way to bounce themselves into the net.
Us blowing two-goal leads twice is frustrating, but we got the

Edmonton tied the score at 6 on two third-period goals by Petr
Sykora and one by Joffrey Lupul. Toby Petersen, Jarret Stoll and
Raffi Torres also scored for the Oilers, and Dwayne Roloson stopped
23 shots.

"It was almost like, first save wins," Edmonton coach Craig
MacTavish said. "You hate to waste some of the plays we made
tonight. But we didn't defend like we needed to."

The Oilers pulled to 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third after
Ales Hemsky made a beautiful pass through the crease to a wide-open
Sykora. But Colorado restored its two-goal lead a little more than
three minutes later when Stastny beat Roloson on a mad scramble in

Still, the Oilers rallied to tie it.

Hemsky intercepted the puck at Colorado's blue line, then set up
Sykora for another easy goal. Just more than a minute later, Lupul
beat Budaj on a rebound.

But McLean put the Avalanche ahead for good on a wraparound goal
with 8 minutes remaining.

"I think both teams will say that is not the type of game they
wanted to play tonight," McLean said. "I think maybe they got
comfortable early on and then we got comfortable when we were up by
two. Maybe that had something to do with it."

Edmonton opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first when Petersen's
pass deflected off a falling McLean and past Budaj. Stoll put the
Oilers ahead 2-0 at 6:03.

Turgeon pulled Colorado to 2-1 at 12:37 when his shot from
behind the net hit Roloson's right pad and went in. Torres made it
3-1 at 15:11, but 49 seconds later Brunette's power-play goal cut
the deficit to one again.

Colorado surged ahead 5-3 with three goals in the second.

Rycroft tied the score at 7:25 before Burnette added power-play
goals at 16:44 and 19:26, setting up a wild third period.

"When you score that many goals you want to have a better
result," Oilers captain Jason Smith said. "We didn't execute on
our power play or on the penalty kill like we needed to."

Game notes
Oilers forward Ryan Smyth has resumed practicing, but his
broken thumb hadn't healed enough to allow him to play Tuesday. ...
Torres got his 100th NHL point with an assist on Stoll's
first-period goal. Shawn Horcoff got his 200th point with an
assist. ... Colorado forward Ian Laperriere has only one goal after
scoring a career-high 21 goals last season.