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McDavid gets two goals, assist in Oilers win against Wild

Minnesota fails to close ground in Central Division

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Rogers Place on Saturday.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored, and Cam Talbot made 32 saves for Edmonton (30-34-4), which extended its winning streak to three games.


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"It feels really good, especially against a team like that," Talbot said. "They're playing some really good hockey right now and extremely well offensively. To hold a team like that to one goal took the whole group. We played a heck of a game. Everyone is playing pretty well right now."

Charlie Coyle scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves for the Wild (39-23-7), who had their three-game winning streak end. 

Minnesota is third in the Central Division, six points behind the Winnipeg Jets and three points ahead of the Dallas Stars.

Minnesota was playing the second game of a back-to-back. They won 5-2 at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

"It was a pretty typical game with the travel [Friday] night," Dubnyk said. "There wasn't a lot of energy going on and we had most of the puck possession, but couldn't seem to get anything going. There is nothing wrong with a game going that way, but it makes it all that more important not to give up the mistakes and give them the lead. We got some energy going in the last half of the third period, but you are not giving yourself too much time."

Video: MIN@EDM: Draisaitl wires home PPG to extend lead

McDavid scored at 9:11 of the second period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. He collected the puck just outside the Wild blue line, skated around defenseman Ryan Suter, had his first shot stopped by Dubnyk and scored on the rebound.

McDavid made it 2-0 on the power play at 12:00 with a shot from the top of the right face-off circle.

"I'm just looking to finish out the season strong with the team and individually as well," McDavid said. "This is a growing period for our group to feel good about ourselves going into the summer and coming into next year."

Coyle scored at 9:44 of the third period to make it 2-1. Tyler Ennis took a pass from the left boards from Gustav Olofsson, skated around defenseman Kris Russell and made a cross-crease pass to Coyle.

"That wasn't our game in the second period tonight," Coyle said. "We were turning pucks over and we weren't skating and playing simple, which is our recipe for success. We kind of stopped doing that and fed right into their game. You play sloppy like that and you are forced to take penalties and they capitalized."

Draisaitl scored on the power play at 16:25 to make it 3-1. He kept the puck on a 3-on-1 rush and beat Dubnyk low to the blocker side.

Nugent-Hopkins scored into an empty net at 17:27 for a 4-1 lead. 

"I think the first period was good," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Then in the third period, I thought we were taking the play to them until they got the third one and that was sort of it." 

Video: MIN@EDM: Ennis, Coyle combine for goal in the 3rd


Goal of the game

McDavid's goal at 9:11 of the second period. 

Video: MIN@EDM: McDavid buries own rebound to open scoring


Save of the game

Talbot's save on Jason Zucker at 15:02 of the third period. 

Video: MIN@EDM: Talbot sprawls across to rob Zucker


Highlight of the game

McDavid's goal at 12:00 of the second period. 

Video: MIN@EDM: McDavid beats Dubnyk to notch his 2nd goal


They said it

"Right from the start of the third I thought we were all going, everyone was trying to be as aggressive as possible and it paid off on one, it was just too bad that we weren't able to get that second one." -- Wild defenseman Ryan Suter 


"It's something that we want to try, whether there's people or media people screaming for it, it's something that we want to try and we want to experiment with. We used him there at the World Cup and he was effective, but we're also trying to get Leon [Draisaitl] skating, I didn't think he skated well in the game before, but he was much better tonight. He has a tendency to skate better in that center-ice position." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on playing center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on left wing with Connor McDavid and Pontus Aberg


Need to know

McDavid has three or more points in nine games this season. He has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in a seven-game point streak. … Dubnyk is 8-2-0 against the Oilers since being traded by Edmonton to the Nashville Predators on Jan. 15, 2014. … Nugent-Hopkins has four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from a rib injury. … Zucker had a game-high seven shots. 


What's next

Wild: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SN, SN1 (JIP), NHL.TV)


Video: McDavid, Talbot propel Oilers past Wild, 4-1

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