NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Minnesota
(Tuesday, March 14th)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Minnesota 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped 30 shots in his second game in Minnesota since being traded to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Wild in the second of a two-game series at Xcel Energy Center.
Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist and Chris Pronger notched the other goal for the Oilers, who snapped a four-game losing streak and also stopped a four- game slide versus the Wild.
Kurtis Foster had the lone goal for the Wild, who have lost three of their last four contests. Manny Fernandez stopped 27 shots in the losing effort.
Roloson was shipped to the Oilers right before the trade 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 made his return yesterday, but his squad was defeated, 4-3.
"Right now you have to put the satisfaction aside and focus on the playoff race," said Roloson. "For me personally it's great, but for the team it's great that we were able to get this win. Hopefully this will create a snowball effect and we can keep on winning."
The Oilers opened the scoring in the game. Shortly after a Wild goal was called off due to the net being knocked off, the Oilers dumped the puck into the Minnesota zone. From behind the net Smyth sent the puck to Jaroslav Spacek at the left point. Spacek immediately sent it to the right point where Pronger one-timed it through a screen 8:35 into the game.
Smyth increased Edmonton's lead to 2-0 with his 31st goal of the season during a scrum in front of the net on the power play 7:03 into the second period.
Minnesota turned up the heat in the third period and were rewarded with an early goal.
On the power play, Todd White fired a wrist shot from the left circle that Roloson made a pad save on, but Foster banged in the rebound to make it a 2-1 game three minutes into the final period.
The Wild outshot the Oilers 14-9 in the period, but Roloson stood tall after the goal.
Minnesota got Fernandez out of the net, but it was with under 30 seconds to play as Edmonton kept up good pressure in the Minnesota zone and in neutral ice and the Wild were unable to tie the game up.
The Oilers return home for a game against Calgary on Thursday...The Wild wrap up their four-game homestand with a pair of games against Calgary on Sunday and next Tuesday...Spacek had two assists in the game...Ales Hemsky had his 50th assist of the season for Edmonton...The Oilers went 1-for-3 on the power play...Minnesota finished 1-for-8 with the man advantage.
03/14 23:10:18 ET