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Penalty woes sink Oilers 4-2 in Minnesota

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:38 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Penalty woes sink Oilers 4-2 in Minnesota
Edmonton Oilers 2, Minnesota Wild 4

After allowing the first goal in the opening period, the Oilers battled back to take a 2-1 lead early in the second. But the club had trouble staying out of the penalty box and the Wild capitalized, adding three more power-play goals to sink the Oil 4-2 Thursday night.

Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert scored for Edmonton, while Nikolai Khabibulin registered 20 saves in the losing effort.

FIRST PERIOD

Edmonton started its road schedule the right way with a power-play only 1:39 in, but Minnesota's Matt Cullen was able to complete his hooking minor without any damage done on the scoreboard.

The Wild took a second penalty, followed shortly thereafter by the Oilers. As Dustin Penner sat in the penalty box, Andrew Brunette fed Antti Miettinen in the slot, who wristed the puck past Nikolai Khabibulin to give Wild fans their first home goal of the season.

Two additional Wild penalties helped the Oilers attain a 10-5 shot lead in the latter half of the frame, but the club couldn't capitalize on the opportunities and headed into the second period trailing 1-0.

SECOND PERIOD

Minnesota's penalty woes continued, and Edmonton finally made them pay three minutes into the second. From the high slot, Penner one-timed Ales Hemsky's centering pass to get the Oilers on the board and tie the game at one.

Six minutes later, a Minnesota native attacked his hometown team. On the right point, Tom Gilbert got the puck and wired it past Niklas Backstrom to give the Oilers their first lead of the game.

Gilbert's goal was the first even-strength marker of the game, but power-plays came back into play as the period progressed. With Magnus Paajarvi serving a holding minor, Mikko Koivu tipped in Cullen's shot to tie the game at two. With Jim Vandermeer in the penalty box less than a minute later, Koivu was credited with his second of the night after the puck slipped under Khabibulin and across the line.

Backstrom's sturdy post kept a potential Sam Gagner equalizer from materializing as the minutes ticked down, and thus the Oilers found themselves trailing 3-2 heading into the third period.

THIRD PERIOD

Edmonton had a few good scoring chances early in the final frame, but the club couldn't beat Backstrom. Consecutive penalties to former Wild Kurtis Foster didn't help matters, and at 7:37, the home team made the most of their man-advantage when Cullen deflected a shot past Khabibulin. The goal was Minnesota's fourth on the power-play.

The Oilers gunned for two goals by pulling Khabibulin in the final two minutes of regulation. Although the Wild couldn't sink their three attempted empty-netters, the Oil were unable to light the lamp either and suffered their first loss of the season, a 4-2 decision in Minnesota.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:48
MIN
PPG - Antti Miettinen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (1), Cam Barker (2)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
02:57
EDM
PPG - Dustin Penner (2) Snap shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (1), Sam Gagner (3)
1 - 1 Tie
08:24
EDM
Tom Gilbert (1) Slapshot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (1)
2 - 1 EDM
14:31
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (1) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Cullen (2), Antti Miettinen (2)
2 - 2 Tie
15:23
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (2), Marek Zidlicky (1)
3 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
07:37
MIN
PPG - Matt Cullen (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (3)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:39
MIN
Matt Cullen  Hooking against  Magnus Paajarvi
05:08
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Holding against  Jim Vandermeer
05:52
EDM
Dustin Penner  Hooking against  Chuck Kobasew
11:16
MIN
Greg Zanon  Cross checking against  Ales Hemsky
18:36
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
2nd Period
02:36
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Tripping against  Magnus Paajarvi
09:14
EDM
Taylor Hall  Too many men/ice - bench
14:08
EDM
Magnus Paajarvi  Holding against  Mikko Koivu
14:37
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Interference against  Cal Clutterbuck
15:23
EDM
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Antti Miettinen
15:23
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
18:41
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference against  Taylor Hall
3rd Period
01:02
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Cal Clutterbuck
07:33
EDM
Kurtis Foster  Holding the stick against  Eric Nystrom
11:37
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 24TOI: 58:06
Saves: 20EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 10
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
1-1-1
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0