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Oilers
25-45-12

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game recap

Oilers doubled up by Wild 4-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers doubled up by Wild 4-2
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

Despite benefiting from five more power-plays and tallying 11 more shots than their opponents, the Oilers were unable to battle back from an early 2-0 deficit and lost 4-2 to the Wild Thursday night.

Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff scored Edmonton's first two goals, while rookie Taylor Hall earned second-star honours for his spirited play. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 21 saves in the loss.

Under the Scope

FIRST PERIOD

Three minutes into the contest, the Wild struck. Although Khabibulin made an initial stop and caught the puck beneath him, former Oiler Kyle Brodziak prodded it loose and across the line to make it 1-0 for the visitors.

Three minutes later, Brodziak did it again. From inside the right face-off circle, the Alberta native sunk a top-shelf snipe, setting the score 2-0.

The Oilers got some help from the officials following the goal. Consecutive penalties to Nick Schultz and Chuck Kobasew gave the Oil two power-plays, including a 34-second five-on-three, but the club couldn't beat Niklas Backstrom.

Although Edmonton struggled in its first two man-advantages, the team pulled together for a third near the 12-minute mark. After applying steady pressure in the Wild zone, blueliners Ryan Whitney and Kurtis Foster got the puck to Hemsky, who snapped it over Backstrom to get the Oilers within one.

But with Dustin Penner serving a hooking minor, Minnesota countered with a power-play marker of their own. Approaching from Khabibulin's right, Guillaume Latendresse converted a centering pass from Martin Havlat into a renewed two-goal cushion for the Wild.

Penalty box doors kept swinging as the period wrapped up. The infractions for charging and too many men ensured both teams would start the middle frame with four skaters.

SECOND PERIOD

The power-plays passed without additional scoring, but by the game's midway point, the Oilers had added 11 shots to assume a 20-8 shot lead.

The Wild narrowed the gap as the period progressed, but the extra shots had no effect on the score. After 40 minutes and a handful of excellent scoring chances for Hall, the Oilers were up nine shots but down two goals.

THIRD PERIOD

Four infractions early in the third, including a high-sticking minor and 10-minute misconduct to Penner, had the Oilers and Wild trading power-plays. The man-advantages were unsuccessful until 8:09, when Horcoff slipped the puck under Backstrom to make it 3-2.

Edmonton topped 30 shots and Minnesota hit 20 in the latter half of the third.

In the final two minutes, the Oilers opted for an extra skater and pulled Khabibulin. The strategy backfired, however, and Brent Burns added an empty-netter to seal a 4-2 win for the Wild.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:49
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Staubitz (1), Brent Burns (2)
1 - 0 MIN
05:34
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (2), Cam Barker (3)
2 - 0 MIN
12:42
EDM
PPG - Ales Hemsky (3) Snap shot - ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Ryan Whitney (4)
2 - 1 MIN
13:55
MIN
PPG - Guillaume Latendresse (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Havlat (6), Matt Cullen (6)
3 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
08:09
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (2), Ryan Whitney (5)
3 - 2 MIN
19:16
MIN
EN - Brent Burns (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (5)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
06:19
MIN
Nick Schultz  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
07:45
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Holding against  Magnus Paajarvi
12:13
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Slashing against  Ales Hemsky
13:30
EDM
Dustin Penner  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
18:50
MIN
Eric Nystrom  Charging against  Theo Peckham
19:35
EDM
Taylor Hall  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
04:16
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:32
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
19:41
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Holding the stick against  Kurtis Foster
3rd Period
04:24
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
04:52
EDM
Dustin Penner  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
04:52
EDM
Dustin Penner  Misconduct (10 min)
06:11
MIN
Brent Burns  Roughing against  Andrew Cogliano
16:47
MIN
Marty Havlat  Tripping against  Ryan Whitney
17:04
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Matt Cullen
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
3-2-1
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 24TOI: 58:08
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1