EDMONTON - Liam Reddox set up a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers leapt past Minnesota in the Western Conference standings with a 3-2 victory over the Wild on Saturday night.
Ales Hemsky, Zack Stortini and Tom Gilbert scored for the Oilers (31-26-5) who leapfrogged both Minnesota and Dallas to sit in a tie for seventh in the West with Anaheim at 67 points.
Andrew Brunette and Antii Miettinen replied for the Wild (30-26-5) who suffered their third consecutive loss and second straight to start a six game road trip, slipping to a tie for 10th.
The Wild struck on a power play six minutes in as Mikko Koivu was able to tip a point shot that rattled off the post right to the waiting stick of Brunette who had an easy tap in with Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson unable to get over in time.
Edmonton knotted the game back up with seven minutes to play in the opening frame as Hemsky did a good job corralling a hard pass from Shawn Horcoff before rifling his 20th of the season past Wild starter Josh Harding into the top corner.
Minnesota took a 2-1 lead into the intermission after scoring their second power-play goal of the period as Miettinen beat Roloson with just 34 seconds left in the first.
The Oilers pulled even again five minutes into the second as Liam Reddox made a backhand pass to Stortini and his quick wrist shot seemed to freeze Harding to make it 2-2.
Edmonton took the lead for the first time in the contest with five minutes left as Reddox, who replaced Dustin Penner on Edmonton's first line in the second, spotted Gilbert sneaking in from the point and the Oilers defenceman blasted a shot past Harding.
The Oilers caught a break early in the third as a puck hopped over Roloson and was on its way into the net before Ladislav Smid hustled over to fish it out of harm's way. The Wild would go on to hit two posts shortly thereafter.
Roloson also made a couple of miraculous glove saves in the third with the Wild pressing and stopped 43 shots overall for the win.
Minnesota outshot Edmonton 18-3 in the third period.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday as the Oilers begin a four-game road trip in Nashville and the Wild play the third game of a six-game trip in Vancouver.
Notes: The Wild were without the services of tough guy Derek Boogaard as the veteran enforcer was handed a five game suspension on Saturday for an elbow to the head of Flames' forward Brandon Prust. . . . Minnesota was also missing winger Owen Nolan who did not make the trip with a broken toe. . . . Edmonton had some good news on the injury front as defenceman Denis Grebeshkov returned from a seven-game stint on the injured list. Grebeshkov was initially thought to be out until late march with sprained ankle. To make room for him the Oilers returned Theo Peckham to Springfield of the AHL. . . . Edmonton forward Robert Nilsson was a healthy scratch, replaced by Marc Pouliot. . . . The Wild have a challenging schedule with 13 of their next 16 games on the road.