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Oilers doubled up by Wild 4-2

Friday, 12.01.2007 / 9:19 PM / Edmonton Oilers
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Oilers doubled up by Wild 4-2
Petr Sykora got the game's first scoring chance 38 seconds in. Ales Hemsky made a nice move to stay onside and then threaded the puck over to Sykora breaking up the middle. Sykora got in alone on Fernandez and tried a backhand deke move but was denied.

The Oilers continued to have good scoring chances as the period went on. Sykora had another opportunity in the slot but didn't get as much on the shot as he wanted to.

On the next shift, Marc-Andre Bergeron teed up a shot from the right point that Fernandez saved but the rebound went straight out to Patrick Thoresen. The Norwegian had an empty net with Fernandez out of position but the puck hopped right over his stick.

After one period, shots on goal were 12-6 in favour of Edmonton. Ladislav Smid left in the first after re-injuring his shoulder but returned to start the second.

Edmonton finished the first period on a power play that carried over to period two for 17 seconds. They weren't able to capitalize but just after it expired Shawn Horcoff struck to give Edmonton the game's first goal.

20 seconds into the middle frame, Horcoff took a pass in the slot from Smyth who was stationed behind the net. Horcoff took two steps to the left and used Wild defenceman Kurtis Foster as a screen before wristing it past Fernandez.

About a minute later, the Oilers and Horcoff had another great scoring chance but this time shorthanded. Stoll took advantage of a turnover at his blueline and broke in alone on Fernandez. The Wild netminder made the initial stop and Horcoff picked up the rebound with Fernandez out of position. However, Foster was standing in the crease and blocked Horcoff's backhand shot.

Fernandez came up huge again 3:29 into the second. First, he stopped Bergeron's blast from the circle and then managed to stretch his left pad just enough to get a piece of Sykora's rebound attempt.

Five minutes into the period Marian Gaborik snuck in behind the Edmonton defence and skated in on Roloson. His initial deke move on the breakaway was stopped by the Oilers netminder. However, Gaborik was able to maintain possession as he took the puck around the boards and fired it top corner from the right circle.

Less than a minute later, Roloson stopped Todd White on a point shot but Rolston was right there to pick up the rebound and put it in, giving Minnesota their first lead of the night.

A bad Minnesota line change while on the power play almost led to a scoring chance as both Stoll and Reasoner were in behind the Wild defence. However, Stoll had the puck deep in the corner and his pass to Reasoner in the slot hopped over the centre's stick.

The Oilers' shorthanded chances kept coming as the period went on. First, Pisani created an odd-man rush and his wrister from the right circle was denied by Fernandez. Seconds later, Brent Burns turned the puck over at his own blueline which sent Reasoner in alone. His deke attempt was also denied.

With 2:13 left in the second the Oilers finally struck to tie the game up. Petr Nedved backhanded the puck to Sykora in the slot and his Czech teammate made no mistake in rifling it low blocker side past Fernandez.

Shots in the second were 15-11 for Minnesota and 23-21 for Edmonton overall through 40 minutes.

Seven minutes into the third, Keith Carney took an elbowing penalty which gave the Oilers their third power play of the night with a chance to take the lead. The team had several chances but couldn't beat Fernandez.

After Carney got out of the box, he went right to the attack. His point shot hit some skates in front before beating Roloson and giving Minnesota a 3-2 lead.

Following a frantic Oilers rally to tie the game, Gaborik added an empty netter with 2.2 seconds to play.

NOTES: Smid made his return to the Oilers lineup as the team activated him from NHL Injured Reserve before the game. Edmonton also put D Daniel Tjarnqvist (groin) on NHL IR... Ethan Moreau (shoulder), Steve Staios (flu), Toby Petersen and Tom Gilbert were the other scratches.
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