Liles lifts Avalanche past Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The Colorado Avalanche played the
spoiler role to perfection, though that’s not the way they look
at it.

John-Michael Liles scored 42 seconds into overtime to give the
Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday

“We’re not looking at it as being spoilers right now, we’re just
looking to win as many games as we can,” Colorado coach Tony
Granato said.

Darcy Tucker and Paul Stastny also scored for the Avalanche,
coming off a win over the playoff-contending Minnesota Wild on
Thursday night. With the victory, Colorado moved out of the
Western Conference basement – a point ahead of Phoenix.

“We’re not worried about who we are playing or where they are in
the standings,” Granato said. “We’re worried about wining the
games and still trying to climb as high as we can and play as
hard as we can all the way to the end.”

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Robert Nilsson and Sheldon Souray scored for Edmonton. The
Oilers lost for the third straight time in overtime to drop from
seventh to a tie for eighth with Nashville in the Western

“It was just a missed opportunity early,” Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said. “We had a great opportunity to win the game
early, but after that it was just poor playmaking. We didn’t
make enough plays from breakouts on through. And the faceoffs,
it’s hard to sustain anything when you can’t win those.

“It’s a point, but it wasn’t a great effort.”

Nilsson opened the scoring for Edmonton at 3:09 of the first
period, and Tucker tied it on a power play with 4:58 left in the
period. Stastny added a power-play goal at 4:20 of the third,
and Souray tied it with 5:20 left in regulation.