Edmonton
Oilers
27-47-8
Minnesota
Wild
38-36-8

36 SOG
28 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
MIN
  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (14)
game recap

Oilers close road trip with 4-2 loss to Wild

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:41 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

Share with your Friends


Oilers close road trip with 4-2 loss to Wild
Edmonton Oilers 2, Minnesota Wild 4

The Oilers kept pace with the Wild through 45 minutes and managed to out-shoot them 36-28 in 60, but up against strong goaltending from Josh Harding, the extra shots failed to net sufficient goals and the club had to settle for a 4-2 loss in Minnesota Tuesday night.

Marc Pouliot and Ryan Potulny scored for Edmonton, Sam Gagner got helpers on both goals, and Jeff Deslauriers stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss.

FIRST PERIOD

Goalies Jeff Deslauriers and Josh Harding had to be sharp in the first five minutes of action as both the Wild and Oilers crafted excellent scoring chances. The netminders made some stellar saves and then shared the spotlight with Zack Stortini and John Scott, who were gunning for a fight but had to settle for roughing minors.

Minnesota held a slim shot-lead as the period progressed. With six minutes left in the frame, Owen Nolan drew a hooking penalty from Andrew Cogliano but the home team was unable to add another attempt.

Although the Wild couldn't tally a powerplay goal, they got the same result just over a minute later. Stationed at Deslauriers' left, Andrew Ebbett caught a piece of Guillaume Latendresse's point shot and deflected it above the goalie to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead and 9-5 edge in shots heading into the second period.

SECOND PERIOD

The Wild added three more attempts and the Oilers one before a second visiting penalty, this time to Ryan Whitney, put the hometown club back on the powerplay. Minnesota was more potent on this man-advantage, but Deslauriers saved his penalty killers by coming up with three big stops.

After the penalty, Edmonton's skaters helped the cause. After losing an edge and missing a shot near the Wild net, Marc Pouliot quickly recovered and cut back in on Harding. Meanwhile, defenceman Jason Strudwick received a feed from Sam Gagner and fired from the point. The shot went wide, but Pouliot was perfectly poised to tap it home, tying the game at one.

Cogliano and Dustin Penner came close to giving Edmonton's its first lead when they embarked on a two-on-one, but Cogliano's pass soared over Penner's stick and the passer then soared into the end boards. Cogliano hobbled back to the bench but returned to the ice for his next shift.

The Wild topped 20 shots before the period was out, but it would take 24 for the team to find a second goal. With help from Andrew Brunette and Mikko Koivu, Antti Miettinen bumbled the puck over Deslauriers' glove, renewing his team's lead at 17:56.

Although the Oilers couldn't even the game again before the buzzer, late coincidental penalties to Marek Zidlicky and Cal Clutterbuck gave the visitors a two-man-advantage for nearly two full minutes to start the third period.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers quickly carried play into the Wild zone and at 1:14 made their five-on-three count. On Harding's blocker side, Ryan Potulny caught Gagner's pass and snapped it into the net to put the Oilers back on even terms.

But three minutes later, the Wild jumped back ahead. With Deslauriers keeping tabs on former teammate Kyle Brodziak behind the net, Chuck Kobasew spotted an opening, skated in, and directed Brodziak's quick cross-crease feed into the net, setting the score 3-2.

At 8:15, Martin Havlat doubled the difference with a wrist shot that became his 16th goal of the season.

A late powerplay, Edmonton's fifth of the game, helped the visitors crack 30 shots, but Harding kept his gate closed. Six Oilers skaters couldn't force it open before 60 minutes were up, and the club headed back to Edmonton on the heels of a 4-2 loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:38
MIN
Andrew Ebbett (9) Tip-in - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (11), Marty Havlat (33)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
08:36
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (5) Tip-in - ASST: Jason Strudwick (5), Sam Gagner (25)
1 - 1 Tie
17:56
MIN
Antti Miettinen (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (33), Mikko Koivu (44)
2 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
01:14
EDM
PPG - Ryan Potulny (15) Snap shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (26), Ryan Whitney (26)
2 - 2 Tie
04:37
MIN
Chuck Kobasew (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (21), Cal Clutterbuck (7)
3 - 2 MIN
08:15
MIN
Marty Havlat (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Ebbett (3), Greg Zanon (11)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:48
MIN
John Scott  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zack Stortini
05:48
EDM
Zack Stortini  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  John Scott
14:10
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Hooking against  Owen Nolan
2nd Period
05:03
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Holding against  Robbie Earl
12:56
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Cross checking against  Cal Clutterbuck
13:26
MIN
Owen Nolan  Tripping against  Ryan Potulny
19:49
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference against  Aaron Johnson
19:49
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  Sam Gagner
3rd Period
05:55
MIN
Cam Barker  Hooking against  Ethan Moreau
16:27
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference against  Theo Peckham
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 28TOI: 57:37
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
8-9-0
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0