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Quick Hits: Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers

Final Score: Colorado Avalanche – 4 Edmonton Oilers – 1

*This wasn’t much of a game, especially after the Avs made it 2-1. The Oilers looked pretty disinterested and the Avs took care of business.

*Paul Stastny opened up the scoring by never giving up on the puck with Gabe Landeskog and Tyson Barrie. They were all jamming at it, Ben Scrivens couldn’t freeze it, and it went in. Just good hard work around the net.

*Erik Johnson got called for a weak penalty and the Oilers tied it on a bad bounce off of Nick Holden’s skate. It could’ve given the Oilers life….

*Then Johnson went coast-to-coast and through the Edmonton defense before beating Scrivens with a wrist shot just 12-seconds later.

*Johnson’s goal pretty much ended things for the Oilers. They weren’t playing all that hard in the first place, but at 1-1 they weren’t exactly out of the game. Johnson scoring 12-seconds later just put them back into their shell.

*Not much happened in the second and third period. Tyson Barrie and Jamie McGinn added goals for the Avs and that’s about it.

*Johnson was fantastic in this game. Taylor Hall was ineffective, his goal was one of the best of the season, and he got an assist on Barrie’s goal after a nice zone entry and pass from the goalline.

*J.S. Giguere played well in what could be his last career game. He only faced 23 shots and was never really tested, but it was a performance he needed following his last outing and a good way for him to potentially go out.

*Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and was the best player on the ice all night. He had his legs and hands going from the opening whistle and never stopped. He could’ve added a goal or two to his total but hit the crossbar on one chance and shot high on a breakaway.

*Paul Carey continues to be good in limited action.

*The penalty kill continues to be really good after that rough three game stretch. Again, that’s when Roy started using guys like Landeskog and Stastny on the kill. Could be a coincidence, but if this continues, their lowly ranked PK might not be as much of an issue heading into the playoffs.

*Really not much more to say about this game. Just a strong team effort by a team heading into the playoffs against a team with absolutely nothing to play for.

*The St. Louis Blues lost to the Washington Capitals. That, combined with the Avs win, means the Avs are only 2 points behind the Blues for first place in the division. Both teams have three games remaining.

*The Avs moved back to four points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks with this victory. At worst, it looks like the Avs will host the Blackhawks in the first round, but don’t rule out a division title.

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