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Oilers struggle to sink shots, lose 4-1 to Wild

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers struggle to sink shots, lose 4-1 to Wild
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

Despite outshooting their opponent 32-26, Edmonton dropped a Wild one Tuesday night, resulting in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota. The home team's only goal, a third-period man-advantage marker from Magnus Paajarvi, not only got the club on the scoreboard but also concluded a lengthy 11-game power-play drought for the Oil.

FIRST PERIOD

The Wild wasted no time making an impact. Although Nikolai Khabibulin stopped Matt Cullen's initial deflection, the Minnesota centerman spun around and backhanded the rebound across the line to make it 1-0 for the visitors less than two minutes in.

Two minutes later, Brent Burns posted his team's fourth attempt and second goal when his wrister from the point sailed through traffic and into the net.

Near the period's midway point, Wild defenceman Nick Schultz fired the puck straight into the stands, resulting in a delay of game penalty. Edmonton was unable to score on that man-advantage, as well as a second late in the period, keeping them off the scoreboard heading into the middle frame.

SECOND PERIOD

In the second period, four Minnesota penalties -- including overlapping tripping minors to Antti Miettinen and Greg Zanon -- helped Edmonton pull ahead on the shot clock. But the snakebitten Oil were unable to beat Anton Khudobin on the power-plays and continued to trail by two.

It got worse for the Oilers at the conclusion of the period when communications staff announced that Ales Hemsky had suffered a concussion and would not return to the game.

THIRD PERIOD

Five minutes into the third, the Oilers tasted the other side of the man-advantage when Linus Omark was called for holding. The club excelled on the penalty-kill, testing Khudobin with a shorthanded shot while preventing the Wild from getting the puck on Khabibulin.

But once five-on-five resumed, the Wild got their third goal. After Tom Gilbert lost his footing at the end boards, Pierre-Marc Bouchard snagged the puck, drew Khabibulin out of his crease, and tapped the puck across the line to set the score 3-0.

With just under eight minutes remaining in regulation, tempers flared in the Oilers zone. Theo Peckham was fired up and looking for an altercation, but Zack Stortini was the one to drop the gloves, embarking on a fiery fight with Burns. Fighting majors, a 10-minute misconduct to Stortini, and double roughing minor to Peckham were assessed.

Only five seconds into Peckham's first penalty, Andrew Brunette wristed the puck past Khabibulin to make it 4-0.

The infractions continued for both teams. At 14:23, Ladislav Smid was booted from the action with a 10-minute misconduct, and just under two minutes later, Jean-Francois Jacques and Staubitz dropped their gloves in the second fight of the night.

Staubitz took an additional two minutes for instigating, and the Oilers took the opportunity score a power-play goal. With help from Taylor Chorney and Andrew Cogliano, Paajarvi sunk a snapper to get his club back within three.

But it was too little, too late for Edmonton. Despite out-shooting the Wild 32-26, the Oilers finished three goals shy for a 4-1 loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:39
MIN
Matt Cullen (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Nystrom (4), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (10)
1 - 0 MIN
03:25
MIN
Brent Burns (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (6), Marty Havlat (29)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:04
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Nystrom (5), Brent Burns (15)
3 - 0 MIN
12:07
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (18), Mikko Koivu (28)
4 - 0 MIN
16:14
EDM
PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (6) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (10), Taylor Chorney (2)
4 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
09:19
MIN
Nick Schultz  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:26
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference on goalkeeper against  Nikolai Khabibulin
2nd Period
03:20
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Interference against  Kurtis Foster
09:38
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Tripping against  Liam Reddox
09:58
MIN
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Sam Gagner
15:07
MIN
Greg Zanon  Interference against  Sam Gagner
3rd Period
04:52
EDM
Linus Omark  Holding against  Eric Nystrom
12:02
MIN
Marty Havlat  Roughing against  Theo Peckham
12:02
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
12:02
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
12:02
MIN
Brent Burns  Misconduct (10 min)
12:02
EDM
Zack Stortini  Misconduct (10 min)
12:02
MIN
Brent Burns  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
12:02
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Burns
14:23
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Misconduct (10 min)
15:52
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Staubitz
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Instigator against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Game misconduct
18:48
EDM
Theo Peckham  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
goalie stats
Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin
2-1-0
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1