NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Edmonton
(Friday, February 10th)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two goals and two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Wes Walz had a goal and an assist and Marc Chouinard, Pascal Dupuis and Andrei Zyuzin tallied goals for the Wild, who have won four of their last five games.
Dwayne Roloson made 23 saves for his first win in five starts for Minnesota, which is unbeaten, 4-0-2 (two ties), in its last six at Edmonton.
Raffi Torres, Radek Dvorak and Todd Harvey netted goals for the Oilers, who have dropped their last two contests. Michael Morrison stopped 19 of the 24 shots he faced before being pulled after the second period. Ty Conklin replaced him and stopped all eight shots he faced.
The Wild drew first blood in the game 8:34 into the first period. Kurtis Foster blasted a shot from the top of the right circle that Morrison made a save on. But, the disc popped into the air and when it hit the ice Chouinard shelved it into the net. The play was reviewed since the goal was initially waived off, but the replay showed that it hit the back post and popped out.
Minnesota scored two goals separated by 16 seconds to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
Bouchard sent a slap shot from the high slot that went into the left corner of the net for a power-play tally with 1:09 left. Just moments later he blasted the puck from the right circle into the left corner of the net for his 12th goal of the season.
"It was a great game everything was going my way," said Bouchard. "The team has been playing well lately we're playing with confidence. It was huge to come here to Edmonton and get the two points."
Edmonton, though, netted two goals to get back to within one in the second period.
Steve Staios smacked a shot from the high slot that Roloson saved, but Torres smacked the rebound in over the left pad 3:53 into the period. A little over three minutes later Jaroslav Spacek's shot from the top of the left circle was saved, but Dvorak wrapped the rebound behind Roloson to make it a 3-2 game.
"We have to play a much more intelligent game then what we played the last three games," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "We've been sloppy for three straight games now and you can't hope to win at this level making those types of mistakes."
However, Minnesota responded with two goals to take a 5-2 lead into the third period.
On a beautifully executed rush, Randy Robitaille made a pass from the top of the left circle to Walz in the slot. Walz immediately sent the puck to the right circle, where Dupuis one-timed it into the net with 8:18 left in the period.
In the closing moments of the period, Zyuzin smacked a shot that an Edmonton player blocked, but the puck went right back to Zyuzin and he shot it through a screen into the net with 12 seconds remaining.
The Oilers got one back in the third period when Harvey blasted one over Roloson's glove to make it 5-3 8:37 in.
Edmonton had four power plays, including about a minute of 5-on-3 play in the third period, but they were unable to connect and an empty-net goal by Walz sealed the win for Minnesota.
Minnesota plays its last game before the Olympic break at Vancouver on Sunday...Edmonton hosts the Blues on Sunday for its last game before the break...Robitaille and Foster each had two assists...Jarret Stoll had two assists for Edmonton...Minnesota went 2-for-9 on the power play...Edmonton failed on all nine of its man advantages.
02/11 01:40:33 ET