NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Edmonton
(Wednesday, December 28th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik scored a pair of goals, as Minnesota swept back-to-back games at the Rexall Place with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Randy Robitaille and Brian Rolston also had goals for the Wild, who have won three straight and five of their last six games. Manny Fernandez made 28 saves for Minnesota, which handed the Oilers a 4-1 loss on Monday night.
"We knew it was going to be a battle after we won in here on Monday," said Fernandez. "The guys did a terrific job of keeping the puck out of the scoring areas, and that's the reason we managed to hang on for the win."
Steve Staios and Ales Hemsky were the goal scorers for Edmonton, which has lost two in a row since winning five straight. Goaltender Ty Conklin stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced in net.
The Wild scored a pair of goals in a span of 51 seconds to assume a 2-0 first- period lead.
Robitaille got things started at the 8:43 mark, releasing a quick shot from the right circle that beat Conklin.
Moments later, Gaborik gained the zone, split a pair of defenders and then fired a low wrister from between the circles that made its way through a screen and into the back of the net.
Rolston put Minnesota on top 3-0 just over six minutes into the second period, one-timing a Mikko Koivu feed from between the circles that snuck past Conklin while on the power play.
Edmonton finally got on the board midway through the second on a tally from Staios, who received the puck at the point off a faceoff draw before beating Fernandez with a heavy slapshot.
Hemsky cut the Oilers deficit to one in the opening minute of the third period with an even-strength tally, and Edmonton put heavy pressure on Minnesota throughout the frame.
Fernandez, however, kept Edmonton from tying the contest and Gaborik fired in an empty-net goal with 24 seconds remaining to ensure the win.
Hemsky picked up his 100th career point with the goal...Minnesota's first two shots on the night were both goals...The Wild, who are still just 7-10-3 as the visitor this year, wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday night in Calgary...Minnesota was 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Oilers failed to convert on any of their four chances with the extra skater.
12/29 01:35:30 ET