NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Minnesota
(Sunday, March 12th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Edmonton 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston had two goals and two assists as Minnesota fought back to down the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in Dwayne Roloson's return to the Xcel Energy Center.
Martin Skoula scored his first goal for his new team since being acquired from Dallas while Pierre-Marc Bouchard netted the eventual game-winner and added three assists for the Wild, who snapped a two-game skid.
"That was a huge game," Bouchard said.
Roloson was shipped to the Oilers right before the trading deadline for a 2006 first-round pick and a conditional draft selection. The 36-year-old spent the better part of four seasons in Minnesota. He finished with 26 saves.
Shawn Horcoff had a goal and two assists for Edmonton, which has lost four in a row. Sergei Samsonov, meanwhile, recorded his first goal since being acquired from Boston.
"We've got to get better; we've got to get better now," Horcoff said.
The Oilers seized a 3-2 advantage 4:43 into the final stanza, as Fernando Pisani received a crisp cross-ice pass from Raffi Torres in the left slot and poked it into the open net.
The Wild, however, responded with two unanswered goals to claim the lead.
Skoula tied the contest at the 8:36 mark. The defenseman corralled a long rebound in the left circle and then released a shot that made it past a pair of Edmonton defenders before sneaking by Roloson short side.
Then, with 8:38 remaining, Bouchard blasted home a one-timer from the circle for a power play goal that made it 4-3, Minnesota.
The Wild continued to apply pressure for the remainder of the game, limiting the amount of quality opportunities for Edmonton down the stretch. The Oilers did generate some good scoring chances with the netminder pulled in the final seconds, but Manny Fernandez was up to the task.
Rolston lit the lamp 5:15 into the contest for a power-play tally that put Minnesota in front, but Edmonton quickly countered with two goals to assume a 2-1 advantage.
Horcoff scored with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening frame for his 19th of the season. Just 2:36 later, Samsonov received the back end of a pretty give-and-go in the slot, held the puck as Fernandez dropped to the ice, then elevated a shot into the back of the cage.
Rolston cashed in on a 5-on-3 advantage 7:26 into the middle period for his second tally of the night to tie the game at 2-2.
Edmonton will host the Wild again on Tuesday to complete a two-game set...Fernandez finished with 24 saves...Minnesota is 4-1 against Edmonton this season.
03/12 22:48:50 ET