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Avalanche jump back into Wild Card spot with win over Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Gabriel Landeskog came back at the right time for the Colorado Avalanche.

Landeskog had a goal and an assist in his return from a three-game suspension as the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Sunday night for their third straight win.

“I felt good. It’s tough watching,” Landeskog said. “I was hungry and ready to go. But the guys have done a great job throughout the road trip to make sure we’re in a great spot and I was just hungry to come out and help out.”

The Colorado captain’s offense was badly needed with his team currently without their two leading scorers, injured centers Matt Duchene and Nathan McKinnon, and in the midst of a heated playoff race.

Tyson Barrie and Blake Comeau also scored for the Avalanche, currently one point ahead of Minnesota for the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Calvin Pickard had 26 saves.

“We played really well,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I thought we had a great start and our power play was outstanding. Our puck possession was outstanding, we were able to hold on to the puck in the O-zone and we had a lot of shots. I was very happy with the performance of the team.”

Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton, which snapped a two-game winning streak.

“Tonight was one of those games where it was a desperate team battling for the playoffs,” Oilers forward Mark Letestu said. “It really showed early on. Their pace was higher than ours.”

With the loss, the Oilers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for the 10th consecutive year.

“We may not be a playoff team, but we have playoff fans,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “At some point, we have to reward them.”

Landeskog and Barrie scored in the second period to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead.

Landeskog took a feed from Carl Soderberg in front and showed good patience before sending a backhand shot past sprawling goalie Laurent Brossoit at 1:19. Barrie;s point shot deflected off of defender Mark Fayne and into the Edmonton net with 8:29 left.

Hendricks got the Oilers on the scoreboard with his second goal in two games at 2:53 of the third. 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.

However, Comeau deflected Erik Johnson‘s shot to restore Colorado two-goal lead at 9:09.

Nugent-Hopkins closed the scoring as he converted a pass from Connor McDavid with just under 7.6 seconds remaining.

Brossoit finished with 22 saves to fall to 0-3-1 this season.

There was no scoring in the first period, with Colorado putting 12 shots on Brossoit and the Oilers taking eight shots on Pickard.

NOTES: It was the third and final game of the season between the two teams this season, with Colorado winning all three. … The Avalanche have suddenly been hit by the injury bug, with Matt Duchene (knee), Nathan MacKinnon (knee), Eric Gelinas (elbow), Brad Stuart (back) and Jesse Winchester (head) all out, although Landeskog did return after serving a three-game suspension. … The Oilers have been injured pretty much all year, currently without Oscar Klefbom (foot), Andrew Ference (hip), Brandon Davidson (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder), Eric Gryba (knee) and Adam Pardy (hand).

Talbot comes up big in shutout of Canucks

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Cam Talbot made 40 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Jordan Eberle and Matt Hendricks scored for the Oilers, who have won two in a row and seven of their last 11. Talbot has 11 career shutouts.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row.

It appeared Vancouver might have gotten a goal five minutes into the second period as a puck slipped under Talbot while defenseman Darnell Nurse and the Canucks’ Brendan Gaunce crashed into the net. It didn’t count after a video review showed the incidental contact with Talbot.

The Oilers broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the second period when Connor McDavid fed it to Eberle, whose quick wrister seemed to handcuff Markstrom.

Vancouver came close to tying the game 30 seconds into the third, but Christopher Tanev rang a shot off the post.

The Oilers made it 2-0 six minutes into the third when Hendricks pounced on a rebound in front of the net to score his fourth of the season.

NOTES: The Canucks return home to face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, while the Oilers close out their current homestand against Colorado on Sunday. … It was the third meeting of the season between the teams, with each recording a 2-1 victory in overtime in the previous encounters. The Canucks and Oilers face off twice more this season. … Out with injuries for the Canucks were Alex Biega (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body), Luca Sbisa (upper body), Yannick Weber (upper body), Jannik Hansen (ribs), Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Alexander Edler (fractured tibia) and Derek Dorsett (upper body). … Absent from the Oilers’ lineup were Oscar Klefbom (foot), Andrew Ference (hip), Brandon Davidson (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder), Eric Gryba (knee) and Adam Pardy (hand).

Oilers pick up Cracknell, Pardy off waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Adam Cracknell and defenseman Adam Pardy off waivers.

Cracknell, 30, has played 44 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season, scoring five times with five assists in a bottom-six role.

Pardy, 31, has played 14 games for the Winnipeg Jets, registering one assist while logging an average of 13:06 of ice time.

Both Cracknell and Pardy are pending unrestricted free agents. Their additions may signal more moves for the Oilers, be they trades or demotions.

On Saturday, Edmonton traded d-man Justin Schultz to Pittsburgh for a third-round draft pick. That left the Oilers with just six defensemen on their active roster. Hardy makes it seven.

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Busy wire day, too: Laich clears, Berra and Rinaldo on waivers

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A busy day heading into the twilight of the trade deadline brings about other moves, including a boatload of activity on waivers.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie makes it easy for us all by compiling them all in a handful of tweets.

Waived, according to McKenzieAlex Stalock, Reto Berra, Rene Bourque, Mike Brown, David Warsofsky, Adam Cracknell, Adam Pardy and Zac Rinaldo.

Berra’s an interesting consideration, as he’s shown flashes of brilliance despite arguably being a little pricey when it comes the the assets Colorado spent to acquire and then keep him.

Stalock is noteworthy as he was part of the James Reimer trade, but won’t get an immediate look in Toronto.

Finally, Rinaldo tends to make waves when he plays in the NHL …

Clearing waivers, via McKenzie: Maxime Talbot, Chris Porter and Brooks Laich.

Laich is playing for Washington as of this writing.

Byfuglien rips ‘terrible’ 3-on-3 OT again: ‘It’s for the fans, not the hockey players’

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Senators may not have played perfect hockey, but they were satisfied with the results.

Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and Craig Anderson made 38 saves as Ottawa beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night for just its second win at home this season.

“There were small, very small lapses where we got away from it at times, but I think we rebounded well,” said center Kyle Turris. “We battled for pretty much most of the game.”

Cody Ceci and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators.

Anderson was solid for the Senators, making a number of key saves including a huge one on Mark Scheifele late in overtime.

“The two points is huge for us and to keep climbing the standings,” said Anderson. “We can just build on our game and feel good about ourselves.”

Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg and Michael Hutchinson turned away 29 shots.

Earlier this season, Byfuglien said he wasn’t a fan of the three-on-three overtime format and he was less than impressed with his second experience.

“It’s terrible, it’s not hockey,” Byfuglien said. “It’s for the fans, not the hockey players.”

Trailing 2-1 to start the third period, the Jets didn’t wait long to tie things up. Byfuglien stripped Erik Karlsson of the puck at center along the boards and then beat Anderson 26 seconds into the period.

“We were good in the third, I mean we were on it and had good pace,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “It’s good to see us come back to get a point. You don’t like losing in a shootout. We didn’t lose the hockey game so it’s a pretty good trip for us.”

While the Jets coach credited Anderson’s performance, he also said Byfuglien was the best player on the ice.

“He was the most dominant force and he’s been like that for a while,” he said of Byfuglien, who had seven shots and five hits.

The Jets seemed to lose some energy in the second and the Senators took advantage as they controlled the play for much of the period.

Ryan picked up his fifth goal of the season, scoring off a one-timer at the 12-minute mark to give the Senators a 2-0 lead.

But just as Ottawa looked ready to take control of the game, some poor play in their own end allowed the Jets to cut the lead to one.

Blake Wheeler won a battle for the puck behind the net and fed Ladd, who scored on a bank shot off Anderson.

The Senators opened the scoring midway through the first as Jean-Gabriel Pageau won a faceoff and dropped the puck to Ceci, who beat Hutchinson with a floater from just inside the blue line.

The goal marked just the second time Ottawa has scored in the opening period through seven home games.

“It’s nice to start the game that way,” said Ceci. “We haven’t had the best starts.”

NOTES: Ottawa RW Mark Stone served his second game of a two-game suspension. … D Chris Wideman was a healthy scratch. …The Jets remain without Grant Clitsome (back) and Andrew Copp (upper body). … Adam Pardy, Paul Postma and Patrice Cormier were healthy scratches

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