Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Landeskog, Olver Each Have Two Points, Lead Avalanche over Oilers 3-1: Landeskog, Olver Lead Avs over Oilers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Landeskog, Olver Each Have Two Points, Lead Avalanche over Oilers 3-1: Landeskog, Olver Lead Avs over Oilers

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EDMONTON - Considering how tough getting wins against Northwest Division rivals has been this season, the Colorado Avalanche had a relatively easy night against the Edmonton Oilers.

Gabriel Landeskog and Mark Olver each had a goal and an assist Friday as the Avalanche snapped a two-game winless skid with a 3-1 victory over the Oilers on Friday night.

Erik Johnson also scored and Ryan O'Reilly had three assists for the Avalanche (29-26-4), who have gone 3-1-2 in their last six outings.

It was just Colorado's third win in 17 games this season against other Northwest Division teams.

"All these games are must win for us now and this was a huge one for us," O'Reilly said. "We've been terrible in our divisional games this year. To get one like this, hopefully we can take away some things from this game and what we did to win and learn from them and do them again in our next game."

The win also gave the Avs a 13-13-3 road record.

"It's big to break even at .500 on the road," Johnson said. "It would be nice to go 2-1 on this trip as we fight for that last playoff spot. It was a huge game for us tonight to help us in our playoff chase."

Ryan Jones responded for the Oilers (22-29-6), who have lost the first two games of their three-game home stand.

"I would rather not score and win the hockey game," Jones said.

Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger said his team just didn't seem to have the jump they needed to.

"We've had the odd night like this," he said. "It's about finding ways to win the difficult games. We knew this was going to be a tough one as they are fighting for their lives. They played very well defensively and didn't give us much deep down in front of the net. They really cleaned that up.

"We can't be happy with the way the goals against us developed. We just didn't create offence. The power play was very disappointing."

It was a largely uneventful first period up until Colorado struck with 47 seconds left. The Oilers started scrambling after a poor clearing attempt by goalie Devan Dubnyk, leading to a bomb of a point shot from Johnson and a 1-0 Colorado lead. …

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