Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wild

An in-depth look at the Oilers' 6-1 win

Friday, 26.04.2013 / 11:45 PM
Wendy Mach  - edmontonoilers.com

GAME SUMMARY

The Oilers dominated the game from the start as they scored three goals on five shots to chase Niklas Backstrom out of the net in the first period. Corey Potter and Nail Yakupov both scored two goals as Potter recorded his first multi-point game of the season while Yakupov moved into a three-way tie for first in points for rookies. Nikolai Khabibulin's shutout was broken in the third when Mikko Koivu scored the Wild's lone goal right off the face-off. Oilers go on to win, 6-1.

THE TURNING POINT

As the puck drops, so does the gloves of Mike Brown and Zenon Konopka. Both players were able to land huge punches before heading to the box for a five minute fighting major.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Twenty-seven seconds into the first period, Ryan Smyth tried the wraparound but was stopped. Smyth was able to pick up his own rebound and made a pass to Corey Potter and from the point, blasted the puck past Niklas Backstrom to put the Oilers up, 1-0.

THE MVP

Jordan Eberle scored one goal on the night as he beat Josh Harding on a bad angle shot to extend the Oilers lead, 4-1. Eberle also had two helpers as he recorded his ninth multi-point game of the season. He ended the night with a plus-2 rating, one hit and 14:53 of ice time.

THE UNSUNG HERO

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 33 shots before breaking the shutout streak when a face-off goal from Mikko Koivu beat Khabibulin. He stopped 38 shots, with a save percentage of 0.974, in the Oilers 6-1 win to record his fifth win on the season.

USELESS STAT OF THE DAY

Wild starting goaltender, Backstrom was a perfect 17-0 at home against the Oilers until he was chased out of the net after letting in three goals on five shots.

THEY SAID IT

"Minnesota's beat us a lot, the three years I've been here. We came here to spoil their party and we did."

- Taylor Hall

LOOKING AHEAD

The Oilers will travel back to Edmonton right after the game Friday night as they will be facing the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. The game will be the Oilers last game of the season.

DAILY DIGITS

27 - Seconds it took for Potter to score the first goal of the game

6 - Career fights between Brown and Konopka

6 - Goals on seventeen shots

28 - Points for rookie Nail Yakupov, which puts him in a three-way tie for first

19 - Blocked shots from the Oilers, with five from Jeff Petry

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