For the second time this week, the Edmonton Oilers lost a game at Rexall Place.
On Friday night, they fell 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.
Ryan O’Reilly led the Avalanche with three assists, but I think most hockey fans were most impressed with Gabriel Landeskog, yes the same Gabriel Landeskog, the Swedish power forward that was drafted second behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Landeskog had a goal and an assist, was a +2 with four shots on goal. Complete unknown Mark Olver, who came into the game not having played all season and only two career goals, also had a multi-point game with a goal and an assist as well.
But I felt the major difference in this game was once again goaltending as Semyon Varlamov completely outplayed Devan Dubnyk. Varlamov had 26 solid saves as Colorado outshot Edmonton 27-23.
On another note, you simply cannot blame the lack of experience on the Oilers loss tonight, because the Avalanche are in fact younger.
With the win, Colorado is three points back of Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Oilers meanwhile next play Vancouver on Sunday night.