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Strange mood, little physical play in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- This was anything but a regular game
for the Colorado Avalanche.

While Steve Moore remained hospitalized, the Avalanche took the ice Wednesday night and earned a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. And the key offense was supplied by an unlikely source, defenseman Adam Foote, who scored two goals -- including the one that won it 2:37 into overtime.

Foote scored two power-play goals, Joe Sakic had a goal and an
assist, and Milan Hejduk and Paul Kariya had two assists apiece in
Colorado's first game since Moore was sucker punched Monday night
by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi.

"We knew he was watching," Sakic said of his rookie teammate,
out for the season as the result of his injuries, which include
broken bones in his neck. "During the game, you play, you play to
win and you put your focus on the game."

With the Oilers serving a penalty for too many men on the ice,
Foote put a backhander behind Ty Conklin to win it.

Even though Foote doesn't put many pucks in the net, he couldn't
remember the last time he had such an offensive outburst.

"I should be able to, because there's not a lot of them, but I
don't," said Foote, who has eight goals this season and 55 in a
13-year career.

Georges Laraque tied it late in the third period for Edmonton.
Petr Nedved, playing his third game for Edmonton since being dealt
from the New York Rangers, had the other Oilers goal.

The Oilers need victories as they fight to get back into the
playoff race.

"We're in a situation where we can't afford to only get one
point, but when you consider it's a back-to-back game, it's still
pretty satisfying," Laraque said.

At Colorado's morning skate, reporters sought out reactions from
players on the punch that left Moore hospitalized. There was a
strange mood throughout the game, but other than a fight between
Ethan Moreau and Matthew Barnaby, a deadline-day Avalanche
acquisition, there was little in the way of physical play.

"I said it before, naturally, you want to win the game for him, but again, it's just a game," Foote said. "You're going to want to get energy off that.

"We've got a job to do, we want to play hockey. You've got to
be professional about it but yet when the game's over, we're
concerned, definitely, about how he is."

David Aebischer stopped 27 shots while longtime Oilers goalie
Tommy Salo watched from the Avalanche bench a day after being
traded by the Oilers. He got an ovation from the crowd as he skated
off the ice.

Sakic opened the scoring 2:54 in when he took a pass from Hejduk
in the slot and put a low wrist shot behind Conklin with Oilers
defenseman Jason Smith creating a screen.

Conklin made his first appearance in goal since Feb. 13, a 3-0
loss to Minnesota. He broke his hand the game before when he fought
Atlanta goalie Pasi Nurminen.

Edmonton tied it on Nedved's first goal with the Oilers and 15th
of the season. He beat Aebischer high on the glove side, 52 seconds
into the middle period.

"It was a nice feeling," said Nedved, who had six shots on
goal, four in the second period. "I probably could have at least
another goal or two."

Center Chris Gratton and defenseman Ossi Vaananen also played
their first games with Colorado after being acquired from Phoenix
before Tuesday's NHL trade deadline.

Game notes
Edmonton played overtime for a club-record sixth straight
game. ... Salo spoke with his former teammates during the pregame
warmup. ... Barnaby fought Moreau 57 seconds into the second period
-- five seconds after Edmonton tied it 1-1. ... Teemu Selanne, mired
in a slump, was a healthy scratch for Colorado. ... Oilers forward
Mike York sat out because of swelling in the finger he broke against
the Avalanche on Jan. 27. ... Five of Foote's eight goals have come
on the power play.