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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wild

An in-depth look at the game tonight against Minnesota

Friday, 05.03.2010 / 9:18 PM / Features
By Kristi Hennessy  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wild


Tied 1-1 after 60 minutes of play. The Wild were playing desperate hockey as they look from the outside at a playoff berth.  With just 58 seconds left in overtime, Theo Peckham took a holding penalty. Jeff Deslauriers had to be huge. Andrew Brunette and the Wild swarmed the net and Deslauriers stopped two shots from Brunette to force a shootout. Wild outshot the Oilers 6-0 in overtime.


234 The number of man games lost to injury for the Wild this season.
19 Backstrom made 29 saves to record his 19th career shutout on Wednesday.
31 Guillaume Latendresse reached a career high 31 points with a goal tonight.
28 Oilers #28 Ryan Jones played in 41 games with the Predators.(7g, 4a)
369 Man games lost this season for the Oilers.
1st Star
Jeff Deslauriers
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 28 1 65:00 .966
2nd Star
Niklas Backstrom
SA SV GA TOI SV%
23 22 1 65:00 .955
3rd Star
Theo Peckham
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 +1 2



WILD
Niklas Backstrom
SA SV GA TOI SV%
23 22 1 65:00 .955

OILERS
Jeff Deslauriers
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 28 1 65:00 .966

The With 8:14 to play in the opening frame, Jeff Deslauriers had to make one of his biggest saves of the night. It was dangerous Guillaume Latendresse who raced up ice toward the Oilers net with wing man Owen Nolan on his right. Latenderesse flipped a nice pass onto the tape of Nolan who fired one hard on net. Deslauriers had to be quick and in position to get over just in time to make the blocker save and keep the Oilers up 1-0.


Gilbert Brule did not pick up a star tonight although he was arguably the best forward on the ice for the Oilers. Brule was anywhere and everywhere tonight. He had at least a couple of nice scoring chances and was a solid playmaker for his linemates. He played a physical game with two hits, had three nice shots on net and played 1:44 of his 12:15 on the powerplay unit.



Minnesota is 25-7-3 when they have scored three or more goals this season and 6-20-1 when they score less than three goals.The Wild are 22-4-1 when allowing two goals or less, and 9-23-3 when yielding three or more.


"We had one shot in the first ten minutes. No emotion. Then some emotion came in with the physical play but we're better than that. We gave up a point tonight"
- Wild Head Coach Todd Richards addresses his teams frustrating loss tonight.
"We're playing for pride right now and we just want to go play with our best efforts every night."
- Gilbert Brule comments on the 20th win and moving forward.




Sunday, March 7 vs New Jersey Devils
  6:00 PM MT (SNET-W), 630 CHED)

Edmonton continues its three-game homestand Sunday, March 7 vs. New Jersey. The game starts at 6:00pm and will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet West.