Avalanche Vs. Oilers: Ryan Stoa Leads Colorado Over Edmonton In Shootout, 3-2

The two worst teams in the league face off on Saturday night. Does a 10-game losing streak extend to 11, or does a five-game one go to six?

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Avalanche Vs. Oilers: Ryan Stoa Leads Colorado Over Edmonton In Shootout, 3-2

(Sports Network) - Ryan Stoa scored on his first career shootout attempt, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over Edmonton in a game between the two worst teams in the NHL.

Stoa was the only skater to score in four rounds of the shootout, deking right to his backhand and roofing the puck into the top of the net past a sprawled Nikolai Khabibulin.

Matt Duchene and Kevin Porter scored in regulation for the Avalanche, who won for the first time in 11 games (1-9-1) and improved to just 2-18-2 in their last 22.

Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for the win, including four in overtime, and made a couple of nice saves in the shootout. He reached his stick out to stop Alexandre Giroux and threw his right pad out to stone Magnus Paajarvi.

"He made a few big saves there and gave me a chance to win it," said Stoa.

Jordan Eberle and Kurtis Foster scored for the Oilers, with Foster's goal tying the game with just 3:50 remaining in the third period. Khabibulin had 25 saves in the loss.

Edmonton fell to 0-4-2 in its last six games and has just 56 points -- six fewer than the Avalanche in the reverse-race for the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft.

Duchene opened the scoring at 9:47 of the first period, skating down the right side and driving in on net to beat Khabibulin. He added an assist later and has five goals and eight helpers in 11 games against the Oilers.

Eberle tied the game on a backhand in the slot at 13:05 of the second period, but Porter restored Colorado's one-goal lead at 17:00, picking up a rebound in front and deking around Khabibulin on the right side.

Foster's game-tying goal in the third was set up by Linus Omark, who twirled from his forehand to his backhand in the left circle, spinning to find his teammate open in front.

"I was actually open right away and I was kind of mad he didn't see me, but then he put it on my tape," said Foster.

The Avs ended a four-game road trip...Colorado was 0-for-2 on the power play, while Edmonton went 1-for-5.

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Avalanche Vs. Oilers: Battle For Bottom Of The League

Entering tonight's head-to-head contest, the Edmonton Oilers have five fewer points in the standings (55) than the Colorado Avalanche (60) to hold the best chance at obtaining the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft. While there are still several weeks left to play, this will be a race to watch.

The Avalanche enter this game on a 10-game losing streak, not having won since Feb. 22 when they defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-3 (their last win before that was also against the St. Louis Blues, Jan. 24). The current losing streak started with a 5-1 loss to the Oilers on Feb. 23. And on March 5, the Oilers beat the Avs once again, 5-1. The Oilers are 3-1 against the Avs and have one more game in April after tonight's contest.

The Oilers, meanwhile, enter the game on a five-game losing streak, their last win coming in that March 5 contest against the Avalanche. They scored four goals over their last five games.

The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. MT on Altitude2.

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