Edmonton
Oilers
32-40-10
Minnesota
Wild
35-36-11

29 SOG
32 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
EDM
MIN
game recap

Oilers' streak at Xcel snaps, winning 5-2 over Wild

Friday, 11.25.2011 / 1:55 PM

Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com

Three Stars of the Game
Taylor Hall
1st
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:14
Cal Clutterbuck
2nd
Cal Clutterbuck
G: 0Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:26
Nikolai Khabibulin
3rd
Nikolai Khabibulin
G
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 19-20
PIM: 0PP: 8-9
SV%: .938SH: 3-3

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a pair, while four other teammates recorded two-point outings as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Minnesota Wild 5-2 Friday evening in downtown Saint Paul.

With the win, the Oilers' 17-game winless streak at the Xcel Energy Center has been snapped.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers controlled the play early, pinning Minnesota in their zone for the first 90 seconds. Shawn Horcoff just missed on two shot opportunities before Ryan Smyth's blast from the right circle was kicked away by Josh Harding.

Minnesota came back with a couple of great scoring chances about three minutes in. Matt Cullen and Cal Clutterbuck were both turned away on rapid-fire opportunities on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Edmonton struck for the game's first goal at the 5:15 mark. Jordan Eberle spun in the corner and found Ryan Smyth planted right in the crease where he slipped it through the legs of Harding to make it 1-0 Oilers.

Brad Staubitz received a double minor for roughing 6:35 into the game. Darcy Hordichuk collided with the big Wild winger -- which caused Theo Peckham to go flying -- and moments later Staubitz knocked down Hordichuk.

The Oilers were unable to generate much on the man advantage.

Hordichuk hammered Staubitz into the boards with five minutes to play and Staubitz immediately started pummelling the Oilers winger. He received two minutes for cross-checking and two for roughing, giving Edmonton another four-minute power-play.

The Wild seemed to have all the momentum on their penalty kill, generating a couple of chances on the Oilers but play came back the other way and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins managed to find a loose puck in the crease and poke it in past Harding to make it 2-0 Edmonton.

Edmonton's first penalty came when Sam Gagner was sent off for slashing with 1:47 to play in the opening frame.

With 40 seconds to go in the penalty, Theo Peckham took a cross-checking minor to put the OIlers down two men. The five-on-three enabled the Wild to get a goal to draw within one with 9.2 seconds left in the period.

Devin Setoguchi batted down the puck in the crease before lifted it past a fallen Khabibulin for the marker to make ti 2-1.

After one, shots on goal were 13 to 8 in favour of the Wild.

SECOND PERIOD

The Oilers opened the second period down a man but were able to kill off the remainder of Peckham's penalty with ease.

Just prior to the period's midway point, the Wild evened the score on a goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Bouchard stripped Nugent-Hopkins of the puck in the neutral zone before breaking in alone. He made a nice deke before beating Khabibulin through the five-hole to make it a 2-2 game.

Ladislav Smid made his physical presence known later as he hammered Cal Clutterbuck at the blueline.

Edmonton regained the lead late in the middle frame. Taylor Hall took the puck into the corner before throwing it back to the point and Tom Gilbert. Gilbert moved it to Horcoff who put it on goal. Hall was perched right at the side of the net to put home the rebound and make it 3-2 Oilers.

A couple minutes later, Khabibulin made a brilliant save, stretching out his right pad to rob Matt Cullen of a goal on a redirection.

With 26 seconds to go, Tom Gilbert was called for interference giving the Wild another chance to get a late power-play goal and head into the intermission tied.

The Oilers were able to kill off the early portion of the penalty as the teams headed into the second intermission with Edmonton leading 3-2. Shots on goal were 19 to 18 for the Wild.

THIRD PERIOD

The Oilers got some breathing room in the final frame when Ales Hemsky took the puck behind the Wild net and found Shawn Horcoff in front. Horcoff made no mistake, roofing it past Harding for the 4-2 lead.

Although Minnesota was pressing to get back into the game, the shot count was fairly even through the first 15 minutes of the final frame. The Wild had a 10-9 edge to that point.

The Wild elected to pull Josh Harding for an extra-attacker with just over a minute to play. Wasting no time, Jordan Eberle broke up-ice and dished to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, securing a 5-2 win with an easy empty-net tap-in at 18:37.

The Oilers cruised to the buzzer, snapping a 17-game winless streak at the Xcel Energy Center.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:15
EDM
Ryan Smyth (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (15), Theo Peckham (2)
1 - 0 EDM
16:29
EDM
PPG - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Sam Gagner (4), Eric Belanger (5)
2 - 0 EDM
19:50
MIN
PPG - Devin Setoguchi (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (13), Jared Spurgeon (5)
2 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
09:00
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
15:29
EDM
Taylor Hall (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Gilbert (8), Shawn Horcoff (9)
3 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
07:28
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (6), Taylor Hall (11)
4 - 2 EDM
18:37
EDM
EN - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (16), Ryan Smyth (12)
5 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
06:35
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Interference against  Darcy Hordichuk
06:35
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
14:51
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Roughing against  Darcy Hordichuk
14:51
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Cross checking against  Darcy Hordichuk
18:13
EDM
Sam Gagner  Slashing against  Darroll Powe
19:20
EDM
Theo Peckham  Cross checking against  Dany Heatley
2nd Period
19:34
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Kyle Brodziak
3rd Period
03:50
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Hooking against  Brad Staubitz
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .938SH: 3 - 3
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
6-2-1
SA: 28TOI: 59:36
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1