Talbot’s SH goal lifts Avalanche over Oilers 4-2
Maxime Talbot was simply looking to help kill a penalty. That he
scored a short-handed goal in the process, well, the Colorado
Avalanche certainly won’t argue.
Talbot broke a second-period tie, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27
shots to lead the Avalanche to a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers
on Thursday night.
”Every time you get a goal on a PK it’s always huge,” said
Talbot, who has scored 16 short-handed goals.
Tyson Barrie, Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene also scored for the
Avalanche, who bounced back from an 8-2 loss to the Oilers two
weeks ago in Edmonton.
That lopsided loss was on their mind.
”We knew what happened last time when we played there. We came
ready,” Talbot said.
Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers,
who finished their road swing 0-4 and were outscored 14-4. They
also were without Sam Gagner after he was ejected in the first
period when he knocked down Paul Stastny with a stick to the
That was a sensitive subject after the game. Oilers coach Dallas
Eakins really didn’t think Gagner did anything that warranted an
”I thought it was by accident when that stick came up,” Eakins
said. ”I thought you could see it immediately, when the guy went
down, Gags was concerned. When you mean to do it, you skate away
with a smirk on your face.
”All I was looking for from the official was the explanation.
… Suddenly, everything changed after the Jumbotron showed
Edmonton pulled goalie Devan Dubnyk for an extra skater with
1:53 remaining, but couldn’t score the equalizer. Duchene added an
empty-net goal with 1.1 seconds remaining. He also had two
Talbot scored the winner with 1:32 remaining in the second
period with the Oilers on the power play. Edmonton turned over the
puck, Marc-Andre Cliche carried it up the ice, and then fed it to
Talbot, who slid a backhanded shot past Dubnyk.
”The short-handed goal, it’s frustrating,” Eakins said.
”You’ve been waiting the whole game for a power play. The power
play not only goes out and gives them a 2-on-1, the next unit goes
out and gives them a breakaway. The whole bench is shaking their
head. It’s disgusting.”
Varlamov made it hold up throughout the third period, and in the
process vanquished some demons against Edmonton after being rocked
for eight goals on Dec. 5 at Rexall Place.
”Oh yeah. It was a nightmare, especially for me,” Varlamov
said of his last encounter with the Oilers.
Edmonton took a 2-1 lead at 12:10 of the second period when
Nugent-Hopkins sent a wrist shot past Varlamov. It didn’t last long
as O’Reilly tied it by tapping in a pass from rookie Nathan
Duchene also had an assist on the play, his second of the night.
He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games.
Asked before the game about his recent scoring spree, Duchene
shrugged and said, ”I just got back to doing what I was doing
before I got hurt.”
Duchene missed a few games with an oblique injury in late
November and then had a virus that zapped his strength. He finally
feels back at full strength, he said.
”When it goes in, it goes in,” Duchene said. ”When it
doesn’t, it doesn’t, and that’s hockey. You just want to keep it
Barrie scored on a 5-on-3 power play early in the second period,
courtesy of Gagner’s crosscheck and an unsportsmanlike penalty
Gagner and Stastny were battling after a faceoff when Gagner
used both hands to shove his stick into Stastny’s face. Stastny
stayed down on the ice for a moment before heading over to the
bench, where the trainers appeared to examine his nose. Gagner was
assessed a major penalty and sent to the locker room.
Hall drew an unsportsmanlike penalty at the end of the
”Taylor Hall did not say one thing to that referee,” Eakins
said. ”Another player said it that was going down the hallway, and
it was nothing terrible.
”To light up a guy, to put you down 5-on-3, I came out at the
start of the period, after a cooling off period, as we’re supposed
to do as coaches, and was basically told by the ref to … I can’t
say what he said to me. Just looking for simple explanations but
couldn’t get them.”
NOTES: Oilers D Corey Potter finished his two-game suspension
for boarding Anaheim F Nick Bonino over the weekend. He is eligible
to play Saturday against St. Louis. … Hall and Nugent-Hopkins
each had a goal and an assist.