Feb 24, 2011 2:27 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Rookie Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist and goalie Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves, leading the Edmonton Oilers past the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Wednesday night.
The game got off to a rough start when Ryan O'Byrne, an Avalanche defenseman, had his face slashed by the blade of a passing skater as he skated low behind the net some four minutes after the first puck was dropped.
Bleeding badly from the cut, O'Byrne nevertheless managed to skate off the ice and was escorted into the locker room for initial treatment before being taken to a nearby hospital.
Edmonton struck first, getting a power-play goal from Dustin Penner on a wrist shot at 14:17 of the first period that got past Brian Elliott.
Elliott was making his first start in net since being acquired by Colorado on Friday from Ottawa in exchange for goalie Craig Anderson. A native of Canada, Elliott had to resolve visa and immigration issues before joining the Avalanche.
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