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12/20/2006 12:16:32 AM


EDMONTON (CP) - Andrew Brunette recorded his first NHL hat trick while Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Edmonton Oilers 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Colorado (17-15-2) moved into a tie with Edmonton (17-14-2) in the Northwest Division standings.

Edmonton pulled to within 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third after Ales Hemsky made a beautiful pass through the crease to a wide-open Petr Sykora. But Colorado restored its two-goal lead just over three minutes later when Stastny beat Dwayne Roloson on a mad scramble in front.

However, the Oilers rallied to tie the game 6-6.

Hemsky intercepted the puck at Colorado's blue-line, then set up Sykora for another easy goal. Then just over a minute later, Joffrey Lupul beat Colorado starter Peter Budaj on a rebound to tie the game.

But Brett McLean's wraparound goal with 8½ minutes remaining proved to be the winning goal for Colorado.

Edmonton opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first when Toby Petersen's attempted pass deflected off a falling Brett McLean and past Budaj. Jarret Stoll put the Oilers ahead 2-0 at 6:03.

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