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Wild downs struggling Oilers 4-1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

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Wild downs struggling Oilers 4-1
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
EDMONTON -- Rookie Anton Khudobin is making the most of his chance to play in the NHL.

Khudobin, playing due to injuries to Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore, stopped 31 shots as the Minnesota Wild breezed to a 4-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

"It's really good for me and my confidence right now," said Khudobin, who was summoned from Houston of the AHL earlier this month after Backstrom went down with a hip-flexor strain.

Khudobin was less than four minutes away from a second consecutive shutout before a power-play goal by Magnus Paajarvi.

"No," Khudobin said when asked if he was disappointed to lose the shutout. "The W is better for me."

The Wild got goals by Matt Cullen, Brent Burns, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Andrew Brunette to improve to 31-20-9 all-time against the Oilers, the most wins they've had against any opponent.

Khudobin also blanked Vancouver 4-0 on Sunday. At the other end of the ice, Nikolai Khabibulin allowed goals to Cullen and Burns before the game was 3 1/2 minutes old on the way to losing his ninth consecutive start.

"It's nice to get that lead early, particularly on the road," said Cullen, who opened the scoring at 1:39. "Especially when you look back on it. We didn't have a particularly good first period. We didn't play as well as we'd like, but you come in after the period leading 2-0 and it's something to feel good about."

The only good news for the Oilers is they ended a drought that had seen them go 11 games without a power-play goal when Paajarvi scored with 3:46 remaining.

"We were not good in the beginning," Paajarvi said. "We can't let that happen. We tend to play good in the second and third (periods). We've got to play 60 minutes."

Adding injury to insult as the Wild took a 3-0 lead in the season series, the Oilers also lost forward Hemsky in the second period with a concussion.

Cullen put the Wild up 1-0 when he backhanded his own rebound past Khabibulin just 1:39 into the game. Burns made it 2-0 on Minnesota's fourth shot, sifting a wrist shot from the blue line through traffic past Khabibulin at 3:25.

While a portion of a capacity crowd jeered each of the four saves Khabibulin made the rest of the period, Edmonton's power play also fed the discontent, running its streak to 0-for-40 by managing just two shots on its two tries with a man advantage.

Edmonton got four more cracks at Minnesota's 12th-ranked penalty killing in the second period, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:40 with Antti Miettinen and Greg Zanon both off for tripping -- and produced just one shot on goal.

"That was a huge turning point in the game," Minnesota coach Todd Richards said of killing the 5-on-3. "I thought we did a good job. It was a long 5-on-3, too, and I thought we did a good job limiting their chances, at least their good looks at the net."

The Oilers got nothing for their efforts, running their skein of frustration to 0-for-44, as Khudobin stopped all 12 shots he faced in the period to get the Wild to the second intermission still up 2-0.

Hemsky, who has already missed 13 games with a groin strain, sustained the concussion late in the first period. He came out for the second period, took one shift and left the bench for the dressing room.

Bouchard tucked the puck inside the right post at 10:03 of the third period after a giveaway for a 3-0 lead, and Brunette made it 4-0 at 12:07, just five seconds into a power play.
scoring summary
1st Period
01:39
MIN
Matt Cullen (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Nystrom (4), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (10)
1 - 0 MIN
03:25
MIN
Brent Burns (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Brodziak (6), Marty Havlat (29)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:04
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Nystrom (5), Brent Burns (15)
3 - 0 MIN
12:07
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (18), Mikko Koivu (28)
4 - 0 MIN
16:14
EDM
PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (6) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Cogliano (10), Taylor Chorney (2)
4 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
09:19
MIN
Nick Schultz  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:26
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference on goalkeeper against  Nikolai Khabibulin
2nd Period
03:20
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Interference against  Kurtis Foster
09:38
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Tripping against  Liam Reddox
09:58
MIN
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Sam Gagner
15:07
MIN
Greg Zanon  Interference against  Sam Gagner
3rd Period
04:52
EDM
Linus Omark  Holding against  Eric Nystrom
12:02
MIN
Marty Havlat  Roughing against  Theo Peckham
12:02
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
12:02
EDM
Theo Peckham  Roughing against  Marty Havlat
12:02
MIN
Brent Burns  Misconduct (10 min)
12:02
EDM
Zack Stortini  Misconduct (10 min)
12:02
MIN
Brent Burns  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
12:02
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Brent Burns
14:23
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Misconduct (10 min)
15:52
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Staubitz
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Instigator against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:52
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Game misconduct
18:48
EDM
Theo Peckham  Hooking against  Marty Havlat
goalie stats
Anton Khudobin
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1