Wild 5, Oilers 2
tries to block a shot from Minnesota's Mark Parrish
Minnesota scored four power play goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Xcel Energy Center on Monday night.
Robert Nilsson took a penalty early in the first period after spinning around Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the neutral zone.
On the ensuing power play, Mark Parrish took a cross-ice pass from Petteri Nummelin and one-timed a shot by Dwayne Roloson to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
Penalties to Jarret Stoll and Steve Staios gave Minnesota another two-man advantage and they looked dangerous. The Wild buzzed around the Edmonton net for the entire two minutes but only managed one shot on goal.
On a delayed penalty, Minnesota scored to take a 2-0 lead. Pierre-Marc Bouchard blasted a shot from the left circle that went high glove side past Roloson.
11 seconds later, Kurtis Foster
rifled a blast from the right circle past the Oilers netminder to extend that lead to 3-0.
After one period, shots on goal were 8-5 for Minnesota.
Mathieu Garon came out to start the second period in goal for the Oilers.
The change in goal seemed to spark the Oilers as the line of Stoll, Penner and Nilsson cycled deep in the Wild end. Grebeshkov's wrister was gloved down by Niklas Backstrom.
After Zack Stortini
ran Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard into the boards, Minnesota went back on the power play.
On the ensuing man advantage, the Wild scored their fourth power play goal of the night. Kurtis Foster
rifled a shot from the high slot past Garon.
Edmonton finally broke a 218:18 shutout streak held by Backstrom with a power play goal of their own. Ales Hemsky
's shot rang around the boards right to Dustin Penner
at the right side of the Wild netminder who tapped it into the open cage.
Minnesota almost made it 5-1 when Eric Belanger tried to redirect it in but Garon got his stick across the crease to pull away a sure goal.
However, the Wild made no mistake on the next shift. After the puck redirected over to Stephane Veilleux he backhanded it past Garon to make it 5-1.
25 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff
broke in behind the Minnesota defence all alone. His deke attempt went through the five hole of Backstrom and made it a 5-2 game.
Shots on goal after two periods were 20-15 for Minnesota.
Edmonton had several chances to close the gap early in the second period. The best chance came when Robert Nilsson fed Raffi Torres with a brilliant cross-ice pass. Torres had Backstrom at his mercy but couldn't get a handle on the puck.
Later in the period, Horcoff had a wide open net after Backstrom kicked out a Gilbert shot but the Wild netminder came across to glove it before it went into the net.
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