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Oilers tame Wild 3-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers tame Wild 3-1
Minnesota Wild 1, Edmonton Oilers 3

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Goals by Ales Hemsky, Ethan Moreau, and Lubomir Visnovsky, along with a 29-save performance from Dwayne Roloson, propelled the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild Friday night.

FIRST PERIOD

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.

SECOND PERIOD

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.

THIRD PERIOD

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:51
EDM
Ales Hemsky (15) ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (19), Shawn Horcoff (22)
1 - 0 EDM
16:54
EDM
Ethan Moreau (11) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (14), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (8)
2 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
03:00
EDM
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (8) ASST: Robert Nilsson (9), Andrew Cogliano (15)
3 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
00:38
MIN
James Sheppard (4) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (17), Nick Schultz (5)
3 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:31
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Staios
01:31
EDM
Steve Staios  Fighting (maj) against  Cal Clutterbuck
06:17
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Hooking against  Marek Zidlicky
10:22
MIN
Nick Schultz  Boarding against  Ales Hemsky
16:56
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Fighting (maj) against  Steve MacIntyre
16:56
EDM
Steve MacIntyre  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Boogaard
2nd Period
02:30
MIN
Nick Schultz  Interference against  Erik Cole
03:23
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Ethan Moreau
05:19
MIN
Kim Johnsson  Interference against  Tom Gilbert
15:18
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Slashing against  Andrew Cogliano
3rd Period
08:32
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Boarding against  Derek Boogaard
13:31
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov  Hooking against  Eric Belanger
goalie stats
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 17TOI: 35:40
Saves: 17EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
23-16-2
SA: 11TOI: 22:51
Saves: 8EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .727SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 30TOI: 59:56
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .967SH: 0 - 0