Edmonton Oilers rebound to thrash Avalanche

Edmonton Oilers winger Luke Gazdic fights Colorado Avalanche winger Patrick Bordeleau at Rexall...

Edmonton Oilers winger Luke Gazdic fights Colorado Avalanche winger Patrick Bordeleau at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Dec. 5, 2013. (DEREK LEUNG/Getty Images/AFP)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 AM ET

EDMONTON - Apparently, all you have to do to fix your hockey team is replace 25% of the players overnight.

Who knew?

With five different faces in their lineup Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers looked nothing like the team that played Phoenix just two days earlier.

This is a good thing.

While adding Luke Gazdic, Anton Lander, Philip Larsen, Martin Marincin and Corey Potter didn’t seem like anyone’s recipe for a monumental upset, that’s what happened.

The Oilers used the change of scenery on the bench to crush the heavily favoured Colorado Avalanche 8-2, winning at home for just the fourth time this season and improving their overall record to 10-18-2).


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