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game recap

Wild 3, Oilers 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:45 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 3, Oilers 2
Minnesota Wild 3, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Being the spoiler suits the Minnesota Wild just fine.

"Why not, you know?" right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard said. "We want to try and make it harder for the other teams."

Bouchard scored the tying goal, and Brian Rolston got the winner in the third period as the 11th place Minnesota Wild came back to beat Edmonton 3-2 on Tuesday night. That prevented the third-place Oilers from gaining a share of the Northwest Division lead.

It was the Wild's second win in six games but their fourth straight victory in Edmonton.

"To let it slip like that is disappointing," defenseman Chris Pronger said.

Wes Walz also scored a short-handed goal for Minnesota, 5-2 against the Oilers this season.

Sergei Samsonov and Jarret Stoll scored for Edmonton, which opened a four-game homestand by losing a third straight home game.

With the Wild trailing 2-1 to start the third, Bouchard tied the game with a backhander off a breakaway between Dwayne Roloson's legs after getting a step on Oilers defenseman Steve Staios at 4:18. Rolston went to the same spot, with Staios again close by, at 11:11 to score his seventh winning goal.

"We can't dwell on it,' Staios said.

Roloson started his 11th straight game for Edmonton, falling to 4-4-3 and 1-2 against his former team after being traded from the Wild on March 8.

The Oilers, who outshot Minnesota 25-16, are seventh in the Western Conference with nine games remaining.

"It's another example that you have to take care of every aspect of our game," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Otherwise it ends up being a loss."

Walz opened the scoring off a short-handed chance in the second period before the Oilers answered with two power-play goals.

Samsonov took a behind-the-back pass from Ryan Smyth for a glove-side wrist shot on Manny Fernandez, and earned an assist after Stoll tipped in Chris Pronger's one-timer.

The first period was scoreless and penalty free.

Edmonton forward Ethan Moreau crushed Andrei Zyuzin along the side boards in the second period, sending the defenseman on a slow glide to the Wild bench after he stayed down for 1 minute. Moreau also took a cross check from Bouchard to the left temple that wasn't penalized.

Notes: Edmonton RW Ales Hemsky left after one shift in the second period with a strained lower back. ... Minnesota plays in Vancouver on Wednesday. ... The teams play one more game, April 6 in Minnesota.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:29
MIN
SHG - Wes Walz (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (24), Brent Burns (11)
1 - 0 MIN
15:05
EDM
PPG - Sergei Samsonov (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (25), Steve Staios (19)
1 - 1 Tie
17:50
EDM
PPG - Jarret Stoll (21) Tip-in - ASST: Chris Pronger (39), Sergei Samsonov (26)
2 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
04:18
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrei Zyuzin (11), Brian Rolston (44)
2 - 2 Tie
11:11
MIN
Brian Rolston (31) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (39)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:13
MIN
Andrei Zyuzin  Hi-sticking against  Fernando Pisani
08:55
EDM
Jason Smith  Interference against  Marc Chouinard
11:54
EDM
Dick Tarnstrom  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:24
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
16:28
MIN
Martin Skoula  Hooking against  Michael Peca
19:55
EDM
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping against  Kyle Wanvig
3rd Period
07:52
MIN
Filip Kuba  Hi-sticking against  Shawn Horcoff
11:26
EDM
Sergei Samsonov  Interference against  Wes Walz
12:09
EDM
Michael Peca  Slashing against  Marc Chouinard
13:22
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Interference against  Jarret Stoll
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 16TOI: 59:36
Saves: 13EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .813SH: 1 - 2