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Avalanche Stay Perfect at Home, Defeat Oilers

February 2nd, 2013 at 6:59 PM
By Jake Green

DENVER – The Pepsi Center has been "Home, Sweet Home" for Colorado so far this season. And it stayed that way Saturday against Edmonton.

Behind a strong second period effort, the Avalanche beat the Oilers 3-1.

Nail Yakupov got Edmonton ahead early, scoring 58 seconds into the game. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner got the helpers.

Pierre-Alexandre Paretneau continued his hot start midway through the second, netting his team-leading fifth goal. Jamie McGinn and Ryan Wilson earned the assists.

Less than three minutes later, McGinn deflected a Matt Duchene shot past goalie Devan Dubnyk for a 2-1 lead. The goal was McGinn's first on the season.

Colorado had double digits in all three periods, and outshot the Oilers 40-26. Semyon Varlamov got his third victory this year, stopping 25 shots.

Paul Stastny added an empty-net goal late in the third to seal the victory.

The Avalanche were without David Jones and Gabriel Landeskog. They were replaced by David van der Gulik and rookie Michael Sgarbossa. 

Colorado will look to continue their hot start at home Monday, when they host the Dallas Stars.

Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, NHL

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