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game recap

Oilers tame Wild 3-2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:48 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers tame Wild 3-2
Minnesota Wild 2, Edmonton Oilers 3

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

Goals by Ales Hemsky, Zack Stortini and Tom Gilbert, as well as 43 saves from Dwayne Roloson, helped the Edmonton Oilers secure a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night at Rexall Place.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers tested Josh Harding with four shots in the first five minutes of the game, but the club was then forced to switch gears when Fernando Pisano took a tripping penalty. Less than a minute into the man-advantage, Mikko Koivu hit Dwayne Roloson's left post and Andrew Brunette pounced on the rebound to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Despite surrendering the first goal, the Oilers stayed on top of the shot clock; six minutes later, the club's persistence paid off. From the top of the slot, Ales Hemsky tucked the puck under Harding's crossbar to register his 20th goal of the season and tie the game at one.

But as the period progressed, penalty problems put Edmonton back down a goal. Though the club successfully killed Ladislav Smid's delay of game penalty and the majority of Steve Staios' hooking minor, the Wild's Antti Miettinen beat Roloson with a wrist shot to renew his club's lead heading into the second period.

630 CHED's Dan Tencer talks to Shawn Horcoff after the first period

SECOND PERIOD

The Oilers benefited from their first man-advantage when Peter Olvecky was called for hooking. Although the club couldn't match the visitors' powerplay prowess, tough guy Zack Stortini employed his snap-shot to get Edmonton back on even terms one minute into five-on-five.

Exciting scoring chances at both ends of the ice tested the flexibility and reflexes of both goalies, and they received high marks for their acrobatic saves. But at 15:22, Oilers blueliner -- and Minnesota native -- Tom Gilbert found a flaw in Harding's game when he jumped into the play and scored with a high snapshot to give the copper and blue a 3-2 lead.

After 40 minutes, the Oilers were up by one goal and tied with 27 shots.

Tencer interviews goal-scorer Tom Gilbert in the second intermission

THIRD PERIOD

An early Minnesota shot nearly tied the game at three, but Ladislav Smid snuck in behind Roloson and swept the puck away from the line when it bumbled past the goalie. Roloson wouldn't require Smid's safety net again, as he performed a pair of highlight-worthy saves when the Wild roared past the 30-shot mark.

Shortly after Minnesota posted its 40th shot, a collision near center ice resulted in coincidental tripping and diving penalties to Hemsky and Marek Zidlicky. The visitors pulled Harding in favour of six skaters in the final 40 seconds and attained 45 shots as a result.

But instead of a goal, the Wild earned two penalties for high-sticking Ethan Moreau -- an incident that sent the Oilers Captain tumbling to the ice and Head Medical Trainer Ken Lowe rushing off the bench. Head Coach Craig MacTavish later confirmed that Moreau received an eye injury on the play and was taken to hospital.

Although the team Captain wouldn't witness the final 20 seconds of the game, his club held on for a 3-2 win over the Wild.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:14
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (40), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (25)
1 - 0 MIN
12:47
EDM
Ales Hemsky (20) Snap shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (28), Tom Gilbert (32)
1 - 1 Tie
19:25
MIN
PPG - Antti Miettinen (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Stephane Veilleux (7), Peter Olvecky (2)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
05:03
EDM
Zack Stortini (5) Snap shot - ASST: Liam Reddox (3), Ladislav Smid (8)
2 - 2 Tie
15:22
EDM
Tom Gilbert (4) Snap shot - ASST: Liam Reddox (4), Denis Grebeshkov (22)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
05:19
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Tripping against  Marek Zidlicky
15:42
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:46
EDM
Steve Staios  Hooking against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
2nd Period
02:19
MIN
Peter Olvecky  Hooking against  Ethan Moreau
10:38
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Tripping against  Colton Gillies
19:28
MIN
Dan Fritsche  Interference against  Steve Staios
3rd Period
16:24
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Tripping against  Marek Zidlicky
16:24
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Diving against  Ales Hemsky
19:40
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Hi stick - double minor against  Ethan Moreau
19:40
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Hooking against  Antti Miettinen
goalie stats
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
2-8-1
SA: 30TOI: 59:21
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 45TOI: 60:00
Saves: 43EV: 36 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .956SH: 0 - 0