|MIN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
Just over a minute into the game, Edmonton's Steve Staios clobbered Minnesota's Stephane Veilleux at center ice, prompting quick retaliation from bruiser Cal Clutterbuck. The ensuing battle between Staios and Clutterbuck sent the crowd into a frenzy and ultimately both players to their penalty boxes for fighting. Watch Staios' hit and fight
At the six-minute mark, the Oilers re-ignited their fans by lighting the lamp. From behind Niklas Backstrom's net, Ales Hemsky sent the puck out front and saw it bounce off a skate and across the line to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. Watch Hemsky's Goal
A hooking penalty to Ethan Moreau shortly after the goal offered the Wild the game's first powerplay, but the visitors were unable to beat Dwayne Roloson despite assuming the shot-lead on the man-advantage.
As the period passed its midway point, Minnesota's Nick Schultz plowed Hemsky into the boards, prompting an angry response from the crowd and the Oilers alike. Schultz earned a boarding penalty for his actions while Hemsky was helped back to the bench by trainer Ken Lowe.
Although the Oilers couldn't find the back of the net on the man-advantage, Moreau made it happen with three minutes left on the clock. After receiving a bang-on pass from Andrew Cogliano, the Captain fooled Backstrom with an unassuming snapshot to notch his 100th Oilers goal and put the club up 2-0. Watch Moreau's Goal
On the following face-off, fans were treated to another exciting event: Steve MacIntyre's first fight since returning from injury five games ago. After dropping their gloves and thoroughly scoping eachother out, MacIntyre and Derek Boogaard clashed and traded punches in the neutral zone. The Oilers enforcer finished the fight with a smile on his face -- a sentiment shared by the rest of the team when they finished the first period with a 2-0 lead.
630 CHED's Dan Tencer talks to Sheldon Souray in the first intermission.
Three minutes into the middle frame, Lubomir Visnovsky made it 3-0. After skating up the slot and firing a wrist-shot on Backstrom, the veteran blueliner caught his own rebound and backhanded it into the net to register his eighth goal of the season. Watch Visnovsky's Goal
Following the goal, the Wild pulled Backstrom in favour of Josh Harding and then took back-to-back penalties. Although the home team couldn't get the best of the fresh goalie, the man-advantages helped them carry a 20-12 shot lead into the latter half of the game.
After a third consecutive Wild penalty, Roloson drew his share of praise from Oilers fans. As Marek Zidlicky burst out of the penalty box, he snagged the puck and surged up on a breakaway. Roloson stepped up and made a big save with his shoulder to keep the Wild off the board heading into the third period.
Tencer talks to Robert Nilsson after 40 minutes.
Although Roloson's shoulder stopped one of the last shots of the second, it couldn't do the same for the first shot of the third. 38 seconds into the final frame, Roloson caught a piece of James Sheppard's slapshot but the puck trickled over his shoulder and into the net to get the Wild within two.
A pair of Oilers penalties helped the Wild control the play and attain 30 shots in the tail end of the third. But Roloson kept six Wild skaters from forcing extra time, backstopping the Oilers to a 3-1 win Friday night.
|Ales Hemsky (15) ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (19), Shawn Horcoff (22)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Ethan Moreau (11) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (14), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (8)|
2 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (8) ASST: Robert Nilsson (9), Andrew Cogliano (15)|
3 - 0 EDM
|James Sheppard (4) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (17), Nick Schultz (5)|
3 - 1 EDM
|Cal Clutterbuck Fighting against Steve Staios|
|Steve Staios Fighting against Cal Clutterbuck|
|Ethan Moreau Hooking against Marek Zidlicky|
|Nick Schultz Boarding against Ales Hemsky|
|Derek Boogaard Fighting against Steve MacIntyre|
|Steve MacIntyre Fighting against Derek Boogaard|
|Nick Schultz Interference against Erik Cole|
|Marek Zidlicky Hooking against Ethan Moreau|
|Kim Johnsson Interference against Tom Gilbert|
|Marek Zidlicky Slashing against Andrew Cogliano|
|Robert Nilsson Boarding against Derek Boogaard|
|Denis Grebeshkov Hooking against Eric Belanger|
|SA: 17||TOI: 35:40|
|Saves: 17||EV: 15 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 11||TOI: 22:51|
|Saves: 8||EV: 4 - 6|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .727||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 30||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: .967||SH: 0 - 0|