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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Wild

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

Friday, 26.04.2013 / 11:45 PM / Cenovus Game Story
By Wendy Mach  - edmontonoilers.com



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.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:


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.


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, putting him in a three-way tie for first
19 Blocked shots from the Oilers, with five from Jeff Petry


Jordan Eberle
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 2 3 0 +2


Taylor Hall
G A PTS PIM +/-
1 2 3 0 +3



Corey Potter
G A PTS PIM +/-
2 0 2 0 +3


 
WILD
Josh Harding
SA SV GA TOI SV%
9 12 3 41:19 0.750

 

OILERS
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
38 39 1 60:00 0.974



 
WILD
Ryan Suter - D

24:24 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

OILERS
Jeff Petry - D

25:03 - 0 PTS, +5 rating

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.

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.


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.


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.


"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




Saturday, April 27 vs Vancouver 
8:00pm MT
(CBC / 630 CHED)

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.