Penner's late strike gives Oilers opening win

Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:26am EDT
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EDMONTON (Reuters) - Dustin Penner scored with 5.4 seconds remaining to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in their season-opener on Sunday.

Penner redirected an Ethan Moreau shot past Avs goalie Peter Budaj to clinch his second goal of the game and get the Oilers' 30th NHL season off to the perfect start.

The Oilers winger banked in a shot earlier in the third to give Edmonton, who wore retro uniforms, a 2-1 lead.

Colorado leveled the score on Milan Hejduk's penalty shot with 10 minutes remaining in the Northwest Division contest after the Oilers were penalized for covering up the puck in the crease.

Shawn Horcoff's power-play goal 6:59 into the first period opened Edmonton's scoring. Ales Hemsky fed Horcoff at the corner of the crease and the Oilers center scored on Edmonton's second shot of the season.

The Avs, who lost 5-4 to the Boston Bruins in their opener on Thursday, evened the score 11:15 into the second on Joe Sakic's goal.

Edmonton netminder Mathieu Garon stopped 31 shots, including 10 in the first period and 14 of 15 in the second, for the victory.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Martin Petty)

<p>Edmonton Oilers' Dustin Penner (C) celebrates with teammates one of his two goals against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of their NHL game in Edmonton October 12, 2008. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber</p>