The turning point came with just a second to play in this one. WIth the goalie pulled and six attackers on for the Wild, Danny Heatley would scoop up a puck at the side of the net and squeak it past Nikolai Khabibulin at 19:58 of the third period. The Wild would then go on to win in the shootout, 2-1.
Success-rate percentage for Oilers in the face-off dot. They would win 31 of 58 draws on the night.
Success-rate in the face-off circle for Oilers forward, Eric Belanger. This was tops among Oilers players.
The number of games played and career PIM's that Oilers defensemen Ladislav Smid now has against the Wild.
Number of shots both Backstrom and Khabibulin would face in tonight's game. They would both stop 30 of those shots.
With the Oilers leading 1-0 midway through the second period, Wild forward Matt Cullen was sprung in all alone on a breakaway. He would try to beat Nikolai Khabibulin five-hole, but the Oilers netminder would shut the door with a great save.
Playing on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Jones, Ryan Smyth was a leader all over the ice tonight for the Oilers. Smyth was hard on the forecheck, disrupting Wild defenders and making things happen. He would also make a beautiful pass to set up Jones for the Oilers lone goal.
Minnesota forward Matt Cullen was dangerous throughout the night for the Wild. Cullen would have a number of good offensive chances in regulation and then when called upon in the shootout, would make no mistake. Cullen would make a slick deke to the backhand beating Khabibulin, propelling the Wild to their 8th straight win over the Oilers.
Having now played 29 career games against the Wild, Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid has 29 penalty mintues aginst Minnesota. This is more PIM's then he has against any other NHL team.
"We've had our chances but haven't put it away. At the end of the day, it's a good lesson."
-- Ryan Smyth on the Oilers failing to put away some close games this season.
Saturday, October 22 vs. New York 8:00 pm MDT (CBC / 630 CHED)
The Oilers will remain home Saturday night when they welcome the visiting New York Rangers to Rexall Place. It will mark the first and only game between the two clubs this season. The game can be seen live on CBC at 8:00 p.m MT.