Edmonton
Oilers
38-35-9
Minnesota
Wild
40-33-9
SO
30 SOG
39 SOG
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game recap

Wild slay Oilers 3-2 in shootout

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:48 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Wild slay Oilers 3-2 in shootout
Edmonton Oilers 2, Minnesota Wild 3

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Goals by Sheldon Souray and Sam Gagner, as well as solid goaltending from Dwayne Roloson, carried Edmonton through 60 minutes and overtime Sunday afternoon, but a shootout goal by Minnesota's Mikko Koivu limited the club to one point.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers and Wild were tied in the standings with 55 points heading into the matinee contest, and they remained tied on the shot clock with three attempts each after the first five minutes. At that time, consecutive Minnesota penalties gave Edmonton two powerplays, including a 21-second five-on-three.

After taking a time-out to strategize, the Oilers wasted little time executing their plan. Only three seconds before James Sheppard completed his hooking minor, Denis Grebeshkov fed fellow blueliner Sheldon Souray, who slapped the puck through traffic and past Niklas Backstrom to put the Oilers up 1-0 at 6:26. WATCH GOAL

Near the period's midway point, a slashing penalty to Derek Boogaard offered the Oilers their third powerplay, but Souray negated the man-advantage by taking a roughing penalty 11 seconds later.

The teams matched eachother shot for shot through the rest of the period. When the Oilers were unable to double their lead on a fourth powerplay, the Wild responded by tying things up. After skating up the left wing, Eric Belanger fooled Dwayne Roloson with a slapshot from the top of the face-off circle, putting both clubs on even terms heading into the middle frame.

SECOND PERIOD

The Wild dominated the first five minutes of the second, testing Roloson with five shots and then drawing a second penalty from Souray. But the Oilers outlasted the man-advantage to maintain the tie game.

Minnesota hit 20 shots with just over five minutes left in the frame, while Edmonton sat at the 13 mark. In the dying seconds, a partial breakaway for Sam Gagner nearly resulted in a goal, but instead, the young forward was sent flying over the goalie and into the net, resulting in a roughing minor.

The penalty ensured the Wild would start the third period up one man and three shots.

THIRD PERIOD

With Gagner in the penalty box, the Wild set themselves up in the Oilers zone. The club's best scoring opportunity belonged to Belanger midway through the man-advantage, but his shot rang off the post and his teammates were unable to catch the juicy rebound.

1:38 after Gagner completed his term, the Oilers benefited from their fifth powerplay. But despite owning the advantage, the visitors were surprised by Antti Miettinen, who one-timed the puck past Roloson to give his club their first lead of the game with a shorthanded goal.

Back-and-forth play characterized the following 10 minutes. As the Wild neared the 30-shot mark, the Oilers posted their 25th -- and made it count. Although Backstrom stopped a surging Ladislav Smid, the rebound went straight out to Gagner in the slot, who wristed it home to tie the game at two. WATCH GOAL

Exciting scoring opportunities in the final minutes of regulation kept coaches and fans on their toes. With 33 seconds left on the clock, a sixth Wild infraction gave the Oilers a final powerplay, but the club was unable to seal the deal and the game progressed to overtime.

OVERTIME

Edmonton couldn't beat Backstrom on their four-on-three and then relied heavily on Roloson as Minnesota applied pressure in the tail end of sudden death. But goaltenders ruled the five-minute frenzy to force a shootout.

SHOOTOUT

Opting for the same shooting order that secured a 2-1win in St. Louis two games ago, the Oilers put their hopes on Gagner, Robert Nilsson, and Ales Hemsky to start the shootout. But Backstrom stopped all three shooters and then defenceman Tom Gilbert to put the ball back in Roloson's court.

Roloson was perfect until facing Wild Captain Mikko Koivu, who scored on a wrist-shot to end the suspense and secure a 3-2 shootout win for Minnesota.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:26
EDM
PPG - Sheldon Souray (14) Slapshot - ASST: Denis Grebeshkov (21), Ales Hemsky (28)
1 - 0 EDM
18:19
MIN
Eric Belanger (11) Slapshot - ASST: Owen Nolan (10), Kim Johnsson (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:20
MIN
SHG - Antti Miettinen (11) Slapshot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (36), Nick Schultz (6)
2 - 1 MIN
13:56
EDM
Sam Gagner (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ladislav Smid (6), Robert Nilsson (13)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDEDMMINTOTAL
1S. Gagner
A. Miettinen
0 - 0
2R. Nilsson
M. Zidlicky
0 - 0
3A. Hemsky
B. Burns
0 - 0
4T. Gilbert
M. Koivu
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
04:29
MIN
James Sheppard  Hooking against  Andrew Cogliano
06:08
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Tripping against  Tom Gilbert
09:35
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Slashing against  Zack Stortini
09:46
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Roughing against  Nick Schultz
14:43
MIN
Stephane Veilleux  Slashing against  Ethan Moreau
2nd Period
03:43
EDM
Sheldon Souray  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
20:00
EDM
Sam Gagner  Roughing against  Niklas Backstrom
3rd Period
03:38
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Tripping against  Erik Cole
19:27
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Holding against  Ethan Moreau
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 39TOI: 64:46
Saves: 37EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .949SH: 0 - 1
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
26-17-2
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0