Two Goals from Kurri Lead 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Oilers to 3-2 Series Lead Over 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Avalanche

(Photo via oilersnation.com)

(Photo via oilersnation.com)

The 6th-seeded ’84-’85 Edmonton Oilers got an early PP opportunity here in Game 5 thanks to a charging minor on defenseman Greg de Vries. Then, defenseman Lee Fogolin Jr. scored just his second goal of the tournament to give Edmonton an early lead. Jari Kurri scored the first of his two goals in this game just over six minutes into the game with a primary assist from, guess who? Wayne Gretzky. The 15th-seeded ’00-’01 Colorado Avalanche responded quickly with a goal from Joe Sakic less than a minute later. But the Oilers got that two-goal lead right back about a minute and a half later thanks defenseman Paul Coffey‘s 10th goal of the tournament.

The Oilers really pressured the Avalanche in that first period, putting 21 shots on goaltender Patrick Roy. It remained 3-1 in favor of Edmonton until nearly halfway through the second period when Mark Napier scored his fifth of the tournament. Kurri got his second of the game and his 16th of the tournament early in the third period to make it 5-1 and Colorado pulled Roy in favor of backup David Aebischer. The Avalanche scored once more thanks to Sakic’s second of the game and 25th of the tournament later in the period, but 5-2 would be the final in favor of Edmonton. 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#15 ‘00-’01 Avalanche 1 0 1 2
#6 ‘84-’85 Oilers 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘84-’85 EDM – 5   ‘00-’01 COL – 2   (3-2   ‘84-’85 EDM)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 EDM – 3:43 – PP – EDM: L. Fogolin Jr. (2) assisted by G. Anderson (8), M. Messier (13)
  • 2 – 0 EDM – 6:06 – EDM: J. Kurri (15) assisted by W. Gretzky (26), M. Krushelnyski (22)
  • 2 – 1 EDM – 6:54 – COL: J. Sakic (24) assisted by A. Tanguay (18), G. de Vries (10)
  • 3 – 1 EDM – 8:21 – EDM: P. Coffey (10) assisted by D. Semenko (3), M. Messier (14)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 1 EDM – 8:19 – EDM: M. Napier (5) assisted by M. Messier (15), D. Hunter (11)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 1 EDM – 3:16 – EDM: J. Kurri (16) assisted by W. Gretzky (27), C. Huddy (21)
    • COL replaces starting goalie P. Roy with backup D. Aebischer
  • 5 – 2 EDM – 7:36 – COL: J. Sakic (25) assisted by M. Hejduk (23)

 

TEAM STATS:

#15 ‘00-’01 Avalanche

#6 ‘84-’85 Oilers

2

Goals

5

26

Shots

39

PP

1/4

3/4

SH

PP%

25%

75%

PK%

GWG

P. Coffey (3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Jari Kurri (EDM)
  • 2nd Star: Joe Sakic (COL)
  • 3rd Star: Mark Messier (EDM)

The Oilers are now one win away from their first appearance in the Ultimate NHL Final as the Canadiens sit waiting. The Avalanche will look to force a Game 7 tomorrow night!

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