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Oilers finding a way to avoid collapsing in the face of adversity

Devan Dubnyk stepped up Thursday and made a number of big saves that allowed the team to turn the...

Devan Dubnyk stepped up Thursday and made a number of big saves that allowed the team to turn the tide several times. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

EDMONTON - The most impressive thing about Edmonton’s win over Colorado Thursday is how the Oilers didn’t lose it.

A team that could write several books on the fine art of self-destruction had numerous opportunities to crash that game into the side of another mountain, but didn’t.

The 8-2 score suggests it was an easy night at the rink, but before those three goals in the final five minutes, when Colorado had one foot on a plane out of town, the Oilers showed serious moxie in withstanding several dangerous threats.

It started in the early moments, when Colorado, 17-0-0 when scoring first, started swarming the Edmonton end. With a nervous bench looking on, and about 15,000 fans still seething from the 6-2 loss to Phoenix and in no mood for another bad start, Devan Dubnyk made a couple of huge saves and Taylor Hall scored on a breakaway to take the game down an entirely different road.

Disaster averted.


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