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Oilers blanked 3-0 by Wild

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom made a big save early as Patrick Thoresen intercepted a clearing attempt from Wild defenceman Brent Burns before centering the puck to Brad Winchester in the slot. Backstrom closed the five-hole to deny Winchester the goal.

Markkanen also made a nice save in the opening five minutes, denying Pierre-Marc Bouchard on a backhand attempt from in-close after he was sprung in behind the Oilers defence by Brian Rolston.

Later in the first, Minnesota had a pair of power plays. The Oilers killed off the first but weren't so fortunate on the second.

Mikko Koivu picked up the puck at the inside edge of the left faceoff circle and one-timed it five-hole through Markkanen to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead.

A slashing penalty to Minnesota late in the first gave Edmonton its first power play of the night but it was shortlived as Fernando Pisani was sent off for goaltender interference about 30 seconds into the man advantage.

Shots on goal after one period were 10-4 for Minnesota.

Edmonton had a great start to the second period, outshooting the Wild 7-0 out of the gate. Minnesota was able to kill off a two-man advantage as the Oilers pressed for the equalizer.

Patrick Thoresen looked to have tied the game after jamming the puck in from the top of the crease but his goal was waived off after the referee blew the play down.

Late in the second, Kurtis Foster scored to increase Minnesota's lead to 2-0.

Wes Walz did a good job keeping the puck deep in the Oilers zone. He threw it on net where Boogaard jammed at the puck. The puck then squirted out to Kurtis Foster at the point where his blast was tipped in front by an Oilers defender before eluding Markkanen.

After two periods, shots on goal were 20-17 for Edmonton after outshooting the Wild 16-7 in the middle frame.

Minnesota had the power play five minutes into the third period and converted to increase their lead to 3-0. Toby Petersen, Matt Greene and Marty Reasoner broke into the Minnesota zone on the rush. Petersen dropped the puck to Reasoner who found Greene tailing. His blast was turned away by Backstrom and play went back the other way.

Burns found Gaborik on the outlet pass and he fed Radivojevic whose shot snuck just under the crossbar.
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