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Oilers get last gaffe

Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson allows the Colorado Avalanche's fifth goal during second period...

Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson allows the Colorado Avalanche's fifth goal during second period action in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday night. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Take your chances against a power play as plugged in as the Colorado Avalanche's has been lately, and there's a good chance you'll get lit up like a Christmas tree.

That's exactly what happened to the Edmonton Oilers last night at Rexall Place, complete with plenty of red lights, as the Avs parlayed three power-play goals to a 7-6 victory.

BRUNETTE GETS THE TRICK

Andrew Brunette exploited Edmonton's top-ranked penalty killing for a hat-trick and Brett McLean got the winner with less than nine minutes to play as the Avs beat the Oilers for the third straight time.

"Our PK let us down tonight," said Shawn Horcoff.

"Obviously, it's spoken for itself this season, but we gave them a lot of easy goals from right in the slot and that's a place where we're usually rock solid. You just don't see us give up goals like that ... it's disappointing because I can't think of a time we lost a game when we scored six goals."

McLean's goal, a softy at 11:27, decided it, but Colorado's power play, now 10-for-35 in its last seven games, set the table as the Oilers blew a pair of two-goal leads to lose for the fourth time in their last five games.

After losing the first two games of the season series, the Avs have taken the last three by a cumulative score of 18-10 and have pumped Dwayne Roloson for 14 goals in their last two visits.

"We've got to stay out of the box," said Raffi Torres. "We're complaining a lot about penalties, but they are penalties.

"Our sticks are in there. We're hooking and we're grabbing. We can't give those guys 5-on-3's with the guys they can put out there. They're going to hurt you and they did."

After a first period that produced a bushel of goofy bounces, fluke goals by Toby Petersen and Pierre Turgeon, 27 combined shots and a 3-2 lead for the Oilers, the Avs kept coming.

When Mark Rycroft fooled Roloson with a backhand through traffic to make it 3-3, the Avs overcame a two-goal deficit for the second time.

With things even-up, Brunette went to work. He gave Colorado its first lead with his second goal of the game on a 5-on-3 advantage. Then, he sent the Avs to second intermission up 5-3 with a top-shelf backhand to complete his hat-trick.

Petr Sykora, goal-less in 10 games, twice pulled the Oilers within one before Joffrey Lupul unloaded the piano he'd been carrying on his back, banging a Marty Reasoner rebound behind Peter Budaj for his first goal in seven games to make it 6-6.

ROLOSON LOOKED MORTAL

Then came McLean, who grabbed a puck behind the net, circled and tucked it past Roloson, who has looked mortal of late.

"Everything was like a funnel into the back of the net," said coach Craig MacTavish.

"We made a few mistakes and didn't do a very good job defending and everything that went to the net was finding a way to go in.

"It's was almost like first save wins."


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