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Darcy Kuemper, Wild silence Oilers

Backup makes 41 saves, helps Minnesota win for fifth time in six games

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves and Tyler Graovac scored two goals for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

Jason Zucker, Zach Parise and Chris Stewart scored for Minnesota (33-11-5), which extended its winning streak to three. The Wild won for the fifth time in six games.

Adam Larsson and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton (28-16-8), who had a three-game winning streak and eight-game point streak end.

 

WATCH: All Wild vs. Oilers highlights

 

Cam Talbot gave up four goals on 19 shots before being pulled at 12:44 of the second period after Minnesota's fourth goal. Laurent Brossoit gave up one goal on 16 shots.

"He [Kuemper] played great, I thought it was his best game of the year," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He controlled rebounds. That's been sort of a little bit of a problem in the past when he's had a rough night, but tonight, he controlled them really well and caught pucks and settled things down for us when we needed them settled down."

The 43 shots were the most Kuemper has faced this season. The win was his first since Jan. 14, 5-4 against the Dallas Stars.

"It's been kind of funny because I've felt good, especially lately, and sometimes the result just hasn't been there," Kuemper said. "It was nice to feel good in there and keep the score down. I just have to keep working and the guys made it pretty easy on me tonight."

Video: MIN@EDM: Kuemper turns away Draisaitl's shot

Graovac scored at 13:09 of the first period when he gathered a loose puck in front and slid it past Talbot.

Zucker scored with 3.6 seconds left to put Minnesota up 2-0.

Parise scored at 4:15 of the second period, converting a pass in front from Jason Pominville.

Larsson scored on a point shot at 11:08. The puck deflected in front and skipped past Kuemper to make it 3-1.

Graovac's second goal ended Talbot's night. He capitalized on a turnover deep in the Oilers zone to put Minnesota up 4-1. It was Graovac's first two-goal game in the NHL.

"It feels good," Graovac said. "Chipping in any way you can, whether it's a faceoff or being good defensively or giving momentum to the next line, that's our job as the fourth line. That just helps everybody."

Draisaitl scored on the power play at 16:47 when he converted a pass from Milan Lucic in the slot to make it 4-2.

Stewart made it 5-2 when he took a pass coming out of the penalty box, kept the puck on a 2-on-1 rush and shot through Brossoit's pads.

Pominville had a goal waved off at 16:49 after he was ruled to have batted the puck in the net off a scramble in front.

"It was catastrophic mistakes, often just by individuals, that really caused us problems," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "We were flat, we didn't execute well, we weren't good around the net. They were the better team. We got what we deserved."

 

Goal of the game

Mikael Granlund intercepted a pass in the Oilers' zone and set up Graovac at 12:44 of the second period.

Video: MIN@EDM: Graovac jams home his second of the game

 

Save of the game

Kuemper made a save on a deflection in front by Drake Caggiula at 2:37 of the second period.

 

Unsung performance of the game

Wild forward Eric Staal checked Mark Letestu in the slot to break up an Oilers scoring opportunity on the power play at 3:14 of the third period.

 

Highlight of the game

Stewart scored on a no-look shot at 4:36 of the third period.

Video: MIN@EDM: Stewart scores after exiting penalty box

 

They said it

"It's been fortunate for us that he hasn't had his best games against us, but in one game he's going to break out, you know that." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on holding Oilers captain Connor McDavid without a point in three games this season

 

"Cam has been really good all over and winning a lot of games for us. Everybody has a bad night a couple of times per season. We have to stick up for him, for sure." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom

 

"When you are giving up that many point-blank shots in front of the net, I don't care what team you are playing or who you have in net, you are not going to win hockey games." -- Oilers forward Milan Lucic

 

Need to know

Minnesota has not lost a road game in regulation since Nov. 29, 5-4 at the Vancouver Canucks … Oilers defenseman Kris Russell was minus-4. He was plus-4 going into the game … Kuemper got his first NHL assist.

 

What's next

Wild: At the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, FS-N, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, SNW, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Kuemper, Graovac lead Wild to 5-2 win against Oilers

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