NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Minnesota
(Thursday, April 6th)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Edmonton 1 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 32 shots and Brian Rolston scored the decisive goal in the shootout, as Minnesota defeated Edmonton, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center.
Stephane Veilleux scored the only goal in regulation for the Wild, who won for the fourth time in their last six games, but has faint playoff hopes.
Ryan Smyth scored a goal for the Oilers, who are currently tied with San Jose for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 26 of 27 shots faced for the Oilers.
After Edmonton's Sergei Samsonov and Minnesota's Mikko Koivu each scored in the first round, Alex Hemsky missed wide of the net for the Oilers and Roloson stoned Marian Gaborik to keep the shootout tied through two rounds.
Then, after Fernandez was able to stop Smyth's attempt, Rolston fired a blast past Roloson, beating the goaltender stick side to give Minnesota the victory.
"We had a stronger game," said Smyth. "We had lots of opportunities to score. We just didn't capitalize."
The Wild drew first blood with 5:05 remaining in the first period. Marc Chouinard fired a shot from the top of the right circle that Veilleux was able to redirect in for his sixth goal of the season.
Edmonton responded just 36 seconds into second period, netting the equalizer while Minnesota was on the power play. Smyth's initial shot was blocked, but he was able to stuff in his own to rebound to tie the game at one.
The Oilers appeared to score their second shorthanded goal shortly thereafter from Michael Peca, but the play was reviewed upstairs and it was ruled no goal.
"I thought it was across the line," said Fernandez. "I don't even think the shot guy knew it was a shot because he didn't give me credit."
Minnesota went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Oilers went 0- for-3...This marked the start of a four-game road trip for the Oilers, who will travel to Chicago on Friday...Minnesota will begin its own brief two-game on trip at Calgary on Friday.
04/07 01:55:05 ET