Oilers vs. Avalanche

Edmonton Sun staff

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

THE SUN'S GAME STARS

1. Shawn Horcoff

Started things off with a bang and ended the proceedings with an even bigger jolt with the game winner.

2. Jarret Stoll

3. David Aebischer

GAME GRADE

OFFENCE: B

DEFENCE: B

GOALTENDING: B

POWER PLAY: C

PENALTY KILLING: A

TOUGHNESS: C

EFFORT: A

PLAY OF THE GAME

An ugly start to the Oil's third power play of the game ended with a beauty. Ryan Smyth, working along the goal line, fed Shawn Horcoff along the halfboards and he sent a cross-ice pass to Jarret Stoll who was manning the left point. Stoll wound up falling to the ice, but his rocket one-timer cleanly beat David Aebischer in the Colorado net.

NOTES

Ryan Smyth's goal was the 199th of his NHL career ... Shawn Horcoff's tally fell short of the league record for fastest goal to start a season. That honour belongs to Kent Nilsson who hit the twine in just 10 seconds for the Minnesota North Stars in 1986. Nilsson, who suited up for the Oilers, is now one of the club's European scouts.


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