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Avalanche win wild Game 1 over Oilers

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS EDMONTON OILERS, NHL PLAYOFFS Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

J.T. Compher scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and two assists and Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog each produced a goal and a helper for the Colorado Avalanche in a wild 8-6 win over the Edmonton Oilers to the open the Western Conference Final.

The Avalanche chased Mike Smith 6:20 into the second period and then Andrew Cogliano put one past Mika Koskinen ten minutes later to give Colorado a 7-3 lead before the Oilers rallied with three straight goals before Landeskog clinched with a late empty-netter.

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, and Evander Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton.

Game 1 featured all four goaltenders. Darcy Kuemper stopped 13 of 16 shots before he departed 59 seconds after Smith was pulled because of an upper-body injury. Pavel Francouz made 18 saves in relief.

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