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Oilers drop final game of trip

Sunday, 25.02.2007 / 2:33 PM / News
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Oilers drop final game of trip
Joffrey Lupul made his return to the Oilers lineup after being knocked out of Friday's game with a concussion. The other lineup changes for the Oilers were Zack Stortini back in for J-F Jacques and Matt Greene replacing Daniel Tjarnqvist on D.

The Oilers blueline got a little thinner seven minutes into the period when Minnesota's Derek Boogaard had some knee-on-knee contact with Ladislav Smid. Smid left the ice in considerable pain.

Todd White got in behind the Oilers defence and was sprung loose on a pass up the middle from Pierre-Marc Bouchard but his shot went wide in what was the best scoring chance on either side early on.

Minnesota had another great chance with five minutes left in the first. Mikko Koivu set up Mark Parrish streaking down the left-wing side. Parrish cut in front and tried to beat Roloson five-hole but the Oilers netminder made the save.

Todd White scored late in the period to put Minnesota up 1-0. Brian Rolston took the puck behind the net and found Bouchard along the side boards. Bouchard then spied White in front for the pass and quick redirection for the goal.

Shots on goal after one were 10-7 for Minnesota.

Brian Rolston held up the progress of Patrick Thoresen behind the Oilers net just enough to be sent off to the penalty box, sending Edmonton the power play for the first time.

On the delayed penalty, Backstrom made a nice pad save on a one-timer from Sykora. Backstrom had to make another tough stop while screened on a point shot by Jan Hejda just as the power play expired.

Roloson had to be sharp just past the midway point of the middle frame. He first stopped Parrish on a quick shot from the high slot and then denied Adam Hall on the rebound.

Things started to heat up between the two teams late in the second. Greene blindsided Parrish which resulted in an alteraction between the two sides. Adam Hall went straight for Greene and the two exchanged some punches. Petteri Nummelin and Raffi Torres also did some pushing and shoving.

The result of the events was a power play for Minnesota, which they capitalized on to increase their lead to 2-0. Brent Burns took a shot from the left point that Roloson did not see. The puck took a weird hop on its way to the net before beating the Oilers netminder low.

Minnesota continued to outshoot Edmonton 18-12 after two periods of play.

Backstrom had to be sharp early in the third, kicking out his left pad to stop a deflection in front by Shawn Horcoff with the Hemsky-Smyth-Horcoff line buzzing around the Minnesota zone.

Seven minutes into the period, Fernando Pisani wired a shot from the right circle that beat Backstrom top corner to cut the Minnesota lead to 2-1.

59 seconds later, Pavol Demitra fed Marian Gaborik on a two-on-one completing a give-and-go to regain Minnesota's two-goal lead.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard added an empty net goal in the final minute to make it a 4-1 final.

NOTES: Smid left the game in the first period with a right-leg injury after his collision with Derek Boogaard...
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