Oilers rally, but Wild win 4-3

Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

The Oilers orchestrated a three-goal second period to pull even 3-3, but Jared Spurgeon's late power-play goal propelled the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

Nikolai Khabibulin started in goal for Edmonton, stopping only four of the seven shots he faced.


The Wild got on the board early when Jared Spurgeon's long-range point shot eluded traffic and beat Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin glove-side.

Near the seven-minute mark, late lineup add Darcy Hordichuk made an immediate impression. He lined up and crushed Wild blueliner Nate Prosser, sending him violently to the ice. In response, Matt Kassian challenged Hordichuk and the two dropped the mitts in a highly-spirited and evenly-matched bout.

Following that, Linus Omark was assessed the game's first penalty, sending the Wild to the power-play. The man-advantage chance without incident and the game remained scoreless.

Moments later, the Oilers peppered Josh Harding for the equalizer. Taylor Hall was sprung on a breakaway, but his backhand deke was cleverly denied by the Wild 'tender.

At 13:58, camp invite Kirill Tulupov was charged for hooking, sending the Wild to their second power-play opportunity.

This time, they made good. A scrambled play near the crease, combined with sloppy coverage in the slot, allowed centre Jarod Palmer to scoop a rebound chance and pop the puck above Khabibulin to put Minnesota up 2-0.

The goals continued to come when an odd-man rush choreographed by Pierre-Marc Bouchard put the Wild up 3-0. The 5'10", 172-pound pivot snapped the puck up up high, allowing his squad to take a commanding lead on their seventh shot.

Late in the period at 19:17, Omark was assessed a roughing minor. The Wild were unable to generate much and the power-play chance carried into the middle frame.


Once Omark's penalty was successfully killed, the Oilers got their chance to respond. Matt Cullen was assessed a hooking minor, sending Edmonton to the power-play at 2:42.

Late in the advantage, a point shot by Martin Marincin eluded Harding, sitting deep in the crease behind him. Rookie Anton Lander was quick to the scene, tapping the puck home to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-1 at 4:52.

At 8:30, early-hero Lander was charged for tripping, putting Minnesota back on the power-play. The Oilers killed the chance once again, leading 14-10 on the shot clock as the midway point passed.

With 9:09 remaining in the period during a TV timeout, Khabibulin was replaced by Tyler Bunz between the pipes; at the other end, Harding was replaced with Matt Hackett.

The Oilers' dangerous PP went back to work at 11:25 when Wild rearguard Jordan Hendry was send to the box. The team's shot clock advantage was extended to 19-10 during the two-minute chance, but none could be cashed.

That changed quickly. Edmonton's all-Swedish line combined to make it a one-goal game. An amazing play orchestrated by Lander, poking the puck toward Hackett in a mode of desperation, allowed Magnus Paajarvi to hammer the puck at the goal-mouth, securing the Oilers' second tally.

With 4:06 remaining in the period on the Oilers' 24th shot, Taylor Fedun's initial point blast sat in the crease, where Antti Tyrvainen pounced, sliding the puck past Hackett for the tying marker.

Edmonton's three-goal second period pulled the score even 3-3, and the home side also doubled-up the Wild 24-12 in shots.


3:33 into the period, Wild tough-guy Darroll Powe crunched Taylor Fedun with a dirty hit square in the numbers. Cameron Abney come to his teammate's aide, dropping the gloves with Powe and feeding him several punches before the linesmen stepped in.

Fedun recovered quickly, but Powe had already been charged for boarding. Abney picked up two for roughing, netting in a three-minute Oilers power-play that passed without a scoring chance.

With 8:22 on the clock, Ryan Jones was sent off for tripping. The Wild closed the gap on the shot clock (29-17 Oilers), but the 3-3 tie remained on the scoreboard.

With 1:51 to play, Taylor Hall was called for high-sticking, putting the Wild back on the man-advantage. It took them only seven seconds to cash, as Jared Spurgeon scored his second of the evening off another long-range wrister.

The Oilers pulled Bunz for an extra-attacker in the game's waning moments, but the tying marker could not be recorded.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:03MIN Jared Spurgeon (1) Slapshot - ASST: NONE 1 - 0 MIN
14:49MIN PPG - Jarod Palmer (1) Snap shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (1), Brett Bulmer (1) 2 - 0 MIN
18:35MIN Pierre-Marc Bouchard (1) Snap shot - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (1), Matt Cullen (1) 3 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
04:52EDM Anton Lander (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Martin Marincin (1), Magnus Paajarvi (1) 3 - 1 MIN
13:58EDM Magnus Paajarvi (1) Snap shot - ASST: Anton Lander (1), Linus Omark (1) 3 - 2 MIN
15:54EDM Antti Tyrvainen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Taylor Fedun (1) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
18:14MIN PPG - Jared Spurgeon (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (2) 4 - 3 MIN
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:01EDM Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Kassian
06:01MIN Matt Kassian  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Darcy Hordichuk
10:29EDM Linus Omark  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Josh Harding
13:58EDM Kirill Tulupov  Hooking  - 2 min against  Kyle Brodziak
19:17EDM Linus Omark  Roughing  - 2 min against  Tyler Cuma
2nd Period
02:48MIN Matt Cullen  Hooking  - 2 min against  Taylor Hall
08:30EDM Anton Lander  Tripping  - 2 min against  Matt Cullen
11:25MIN Jordan Hendry  Interference  - 2 min against  Linus Omark
3rd Period
03:33MIN Darroll Powe  Boarding (maj)  - 5 min against  Taylor Fedun
03:33EDM Cameron Abney  Roughing  - 2 min against  Darroll Powe
11:38EDM Ryan Jones  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jed Ortmeyer
14:38EDM Anton Lander  Boarding  - 2 min against  Nate Prosser
15:42MIN Tyler Cuma  Interference  - 2 min against  Ryan Jones
18:09EDM Taylor Hall  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Justin Falk
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/70/4
Faceoff Wins2829
Blocked Shots179
Penalty Minutes1621
4C. StonerD0011020:07
7M. CullenC0213220:25
14D. PoweC00-20512:53
21K. BrodziakC01-21017:23
22C. ClutterbuckR00-11018:22
25J. HendryD00-10215:49
26T. CumaD00-20216:00
28M. KassianL00-1055:31
34D. McIntyreC00-1009:13
39N. ProsserD0002022:37
41J. OrtmeyerR00-10014:07
43W. PetersC0000015:15
44J. FalkD00-12017:24
46J. SpurgeonD2014023:38
48G. LatendresseL0122017:08
54B. BulmerR0100015:03
79J. PalmerC1003011:22
96P. BouchardC1022016:43
31M. Hackett1416.87529:09
37J. Harding1415.93330:51
4T. HallL00-24217:55
13C. BarkerD0014024:30
16D. HordichukL000056:49
20E. BelangerC00-10018:57
23L. OmarkL0111417:54
28R. JonesL00-11216:09
46R. KellerR0011015:04
57A. LanderC1115420:03
60T. HouseC0002011:16
68T. PitlickR0013010:18
73C. AbneyR000126:12
75A. TyrvainenL101208:54
77T. GilbertD00-21025:43
80M. MarincinD0101016:20
81T. FedunD0110016:32
86K. TulupovD0011218:52
87D. MusilD0010017:08
91M. PaajarviL1124019:33
1T. Bunz1011.90928:04
35N. Khabibulin710.70030:51