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Wild 4, Oilers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 4, Oilers 1
Edmonton Oilers 1, Minnesota Wild 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard's spin-o-rama tally highlighted a three-goal, third-period outburst for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Martin Havlat, Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon also scored for Minnesota, which has beaten Edmonton 15 straight times at home. That ties the Nashville Predators' home dominance of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the longest current streak in the NHL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 20 shots to improve his home record against Edmonton to 14-0, the longest current home streak by a goalie against one team. He is 17-2-1 overall against the Oilers.

Kurtis Foster scored for Edmonton, which lost for the first time in four games.

After the Oilers failed to score during 91 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, Bouchard took a pass from Cal Clutterbuck and went in alone on Nikolai Khabibulin. Clutterbuck faked to the forehand, stopped just before the crease, spun 180 degrees back to the right, and tucked a backhand into the open net.

The Wild have outscored the Oilers 55-19 during their home-winning streak, including 22-4 in the third period and overtime. Edmonton has scored more than two goals against Minnesota just once.

Brodziak scored the winning goal 1:28 into the third period, taking a pass from Nick Schultz as he cut across the crease and lifting a backhand over Khabibulin into the top corner.

Spurgeon scored his first career goal 5 minutes later on a slap shot from outside the left circle. Brodziak screened Khabibulin on the play.

Havlat gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead midway through the second.

Havlat cut to the middle of the ice, took a pass from Greg Zanon at the Edmonton blue line, split Tom Gilbert and Theo Peckham in the Oilers zone and beat Khabibulin with a wrist shot between the pads. It was his third straight game with a goal.

Foster beat Backstrom late in the middle period to tie it. He took a pass from Linus Omark and scored with a wrist shot to the glove side to give him his first goal in 32 games.

Minnesota played its second straight game without injured center Mikko Koivu. Matt Cullen centered the top line between Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen.

Notes: Edmonton D Taylor Chorney left after the second period because of a right knee injury. ... Minnesota RW Chuck Kobasew was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... Foster scored 21 goals in four seasons with the Wild from 2006-09. ... Camouflage jerseys worn by the Wild for their pregame skate will be auctioned off for Defending the Blue Line, a charity created by Minnesota National Guard members.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:23
MIN
Martin Havlat (19) ASST: Greg Zanon (4), Clayton Stoner (3)
1 - 0 MIN
17:37
EDM
Kurtis Foster (4) ASST: Linus Omark (13), Sam Gagner (24)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:28
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (13) ASST: Nick Schultz (13), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (16)
2 - 1 MIN
06:33
MIN
PPG - Jared Spurgeon (1) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (17), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (17)
3 - 1 MIN
14:33
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (6) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (12), John Madden (10)
4 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
00:16
EDM
Taylor Chorney  Cross checking against  Eric Nystrom
04:55
EDM
Andrew Cogliano  Tripping against  Matt Cullen
11:48
MIN
Cam Barker  Tripping against  Taylor Hall
14:14
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Tripping against  Taylor Hall
2nd Period
05:55
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Slashing against  Ladislav Smid
3rd Period
05:26
EDM
Theo Peckham  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
10:07
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Hi-sticking against  Eric Nystrom
11:39
MIN
Brent Burns  Holding against  Ryan Jones
12:09
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Holding against  Dustin Penner
15:17
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Roughing against  Brad Staubitz
15:17
EDM
Jean-Francois Jacques  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brad Staubitz
15:17
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Charging against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:17
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jean-Francois Jacques
15:17
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Delay of game - bench
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 23TOI: 59:58
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .826SH: 3 - 3
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 21TOI: 59:58
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .952SH: 2 - 2