EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- With the clock practically at zero, Brad Isbister
knew he only had one shot to tie the game.
Even with that pressure, the Edmonton Oilers forward didn't rush.
Isbister scored with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to give the Oilers a 1-1
tie against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
With the Edmonton goalie pulled for an extra skater and the Oilers
scrambling in the Wild zone, Ryan Smyth spun around and slid a pass across the
crease to Isbister, who beat Manny Fernandez with a high wrist shot.
"I saw him stumble coming across the crease, so I took an extra half-second
to shoot it," Isbister said.
He even knew how much time he had left.
"Sort of," Isbister said. "I don't have a mental clock."
Fernandez, who made 30 saves, nearly earned his second shutout over Edmonton
this season. It also would have been the Wild's first four-game winning streak.
"It was a mistake," Fernandez said. "I assumed he was going to shoot it
right away. I went down on one knee and he kind of fumbled the puck. I got kind
of surprised. Stuff like that happens."
Former Oilers player Sergei Zholtok scored late in the second period for the
Wild, 4-1-2 in their last seven.
The Oilers have won twice in seven games (2-2-3) after a six-game winless
"If he gets the opportunity -- like he did -- he can put it in the back of
the net," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said of Isbister. "We don't have a lot
of guys who can make that shot. He put himself in a good position and Ryan made
a great pass."
The first two meetings between the Oilers and Wild this season were shutouts
won by the visiting teams. This one would've had a similar ending if not for
"It was the end of the shift," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We
started to be a little tired and couldn't pressure the puck carrier. We had a
chance to get the puck out. We didn't. Then we had it again and we lost it. You
can't give them too many chances."
Ty Conklin, who stopped 19 shots, blanked the Wild 2-0 in Minnesota on Nov.
13. Fernandez won 1-0 in Edmonton on Dec. 3.
Zholtok scored on a power play at 18:26 of the second. His point shot
deflected off the stick of an Edmonton player and past Conklin for his fourth
Zholtok has a four-game scoring streak (two goals, three assists).
Alexandre Daigle earned an assist on the goal, his fourth point (one goal,
three assists) in three games. Jason Wiemer also picked up an assist to extend
his scoring streak to four games (two goals, two assists).
Edmonton has allowed a power-play goal in 14 straight games. The Oilers have
allowed 20 goals in 56 chances during their penalty killing slump.
In the first period, Fernandez stopped Smyth's one-timer with seven minutes
left. It was Edmonton's only decent scoring chance despite 12 shots.
Fernandez also stopped Mike York's short-handed breakaway late in the second
and kicked out Smyth's backhand with nine minutes left in the third.