IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Wild
Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers take on the Minnesota Wild
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Out: Belov (oblique), Larsen (healthy)
20:00: After a ceremony honouring Matt Cooke for his 1000th career NHL game, the game is now underway.
17:25: Kyle Brodziak ringed a shot off the post behind Viktor Fasth.
12:33: Shots on goal nearly eight minutes into the game was 5-0 for the Edmonton.
12:02: The Wild finally register their first shot, a point blast and Fasth makes his first save as an Oiler.
10:43: Taylor Hall receives two minutes for holding to give Minnesota the game's first power play.
8:53: Fasth slid across and kicked out his left pad to make a nice stop on Zach Parise after the Wild forward quickly released a feed from the slot. Parise then picked up the rebound and put it in. | MIN 1, EDM 0
6:14: Jared Spurgeon's shot from the point deflected off the skate of Justin Schultz and into the top corner of the net to double the Wild lead. | MIN 2, EDM 0
4:37: Fasth made an unbelievable glove save off Pominville on a redirection from the slot. The puck went back to Pominville moments later and this time he made no mistake, firing it short side past the Oilers goaltender. | MIN 3, EDM 0
3:05: Jeff Petry centered the puck from the right corner of the Wild zone. It went off the skate of Jonas Brodin in front and in past Kuemper to make it a two-goal game. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the assists. | MIN 3, EDM 1
0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 10-9 for Edmonton.
20:00: Second period has begun.
19:36: Charlie Coyle received two minutes for holding the stick to give Edmonton its first man advantage of the game.
17:40: The Wild had a two-on-one opportunity while shorthanded. Brodziak's backhand attempt was denied by Fasth.
17:35: Brodziak received two for hooking to send the Oilers back on the power play.
16:38: Fasth denies Cooke on another two-on-one shorthanded scoring chance for Minnesota.
12:27: Nugent-Hopkins gets sent to the box for hooking.
11:41: Ryan Smyth heads off for hooking as well, giving the Wild a two-man advantage for the next minute and 24 seconds.
9:20: Oilers kill off the penalty after Fasth comes up big with a handful of stops. Shots are 16-14 Minnesota.
8:40: A Charlie Coyle penalty puts Edmonton's power play back into action.
6:40: Man advantage only manages one shot on goal.
0.0: Shots after 40 were 18-16 for the Wild.
20:00: Third period has started.
13:00: Shots are 25-18 for Minnesota; 7-2 in the final frame at the seven-minute mark.
8:54: David Perron redirected a shot from Andrew Ference to draw the Oilers to within a goal. | MIN 3, EDM 2
4:53: Jordan Eberle pounced on a rebound before firing it past Kuemper to bring the Oilers back on even terms. Assists went to Ference and Oscar Klefbom, with his first career NHL point. | EDM 3, MIN 3
34.0: A late hit injures Sam Gagner. The Oilers centre has to be helped off the ice.
8.7: Matt Hendricks cleared the puck over the glass from his own zone, resulting in a delay of game penalty.
0.0: Shots on goal at the end of regulation time were 31-23 for the Wild.
5:00: Fourth period has started. Sam Gagner returns to the Oilers bench to start the extra frame.
2:38: After Oilers kill off the penalty, Wild call a 30-second timeout to regroup.
43.5: Big save by Fasth keeps the game tied.
0.0: Shots after 65 minutes were 31-25 for the Wild.
Edmonton shooters will be Eberle, Perron and Gagner.
Eberle and Perron both scored; Parise and Koivu also scored for Minnesota.
Gagner and Pominville both missed but Taylor Hall got the shootout winner.