Oilers beat the Avalanche 4-1

Sam Gagner (Bridget Samuels, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers got back into the playoff picture Friday night with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place.

Sam Gagner probably had the best game of the season, in notching two goals and an assist as the Oilers moved into a seventh place tie with the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars in the Western Conference. The Sharks have four games in hand and the Stars have two games in hand on the Oilers however.

I am continuing to have confidence with Nikolai Khabibulin in net. The Russian veteran made 28 saves and should get the start tomorrow night in Calgary as well, with the team not playing again until Thursday in Phoenix.

The turning point in this one came late in the second period when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found Gagner on a beautiful two on one with just three seconds left to put the Oilers up by three goals.

With his two assist effort tonight, Nugent-Hopkins now has 32 points and is sixth in overall scoring through the entire NHL.

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