Oilers officially eliminated from playoffs on fan appreciation night
Avalanche move into wild-card spot
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche won their third game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Sunday.
Tyson Barrie and Blake Comeau also scored for the Avalanche (38-31-4), who currently sit one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers (29-39-7), who had a two-game winning streak come to an end and were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for the 10th consecutive year. It was the Oilers' fan appreciation night at Rexall Place.
There was no scoring in the first period, with Colorado putting 12 shots on Edmonton starter Laurent Brossoit and the Oilers taking eight shots on Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard.
Colorado got on the scoreboard 1:19 into the second period when Landeskog took a feed from Carl Soderberg in front and showed good patience before sending a backhand shot past a sprawling Brossoit.
The Avalanche made it 2-0 just past the midway point of the second when a Barrie point shot deflected off of defender Mark Fayne and into the Edmonton net.
Edmonton finally scored three minutes into the third period as Mark Letestu battled hard in front to sweep a puck to Hendricks, who tapped his second goal in as many games into a wide-open net.
The Avalanche restored their two-goal lead on the power play midway through the third frame when Comeau perfectly deflected an Erik Johnson shot.
Edmonton was able to make the score look better as Connor McDavid set up Nugent-Hopkins with Brossoit on the bench and just 7.6 seconds left on the clock.
The Oilers begin a three-game road trip in Arizona on Tuesday. The Avs are off until Thursday, when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.