SAINT PAUL, MN -
A pair of goals late in the second period and another one eight seconds into the third powered the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
Minnesota struck for the game's first goal just past the opening period's midway point. Mikael Granlund beat Martin Marincin in a race to the puck before poking it out front to Jason Pominville. Pominville danced around Scrivens before backhanding it into the open net.
With 7:46 to go in the first, Ryan Jones dropped the gloves with Stephane Veilleux. It was a very brief fight that ended up being more like a wrestling match with both players falling to the ice quickly.
Final shot count in period one was 9-7 Edmonton. Both teams were 0-for-1 on the power play.
Early in the second period, Scrivens made a couple of big saves as the Wild buzzed around the Oilers crease.
Close to the period’s three-minute mark, Nail Yakupov chipped the puck up ice and out of the Oilers zone after the Wild had some sustained pressure. That sent Jordan Eberle in on a two-on-one with Mark Arcobello. Eberle cut across the slot and fired the puck top corner.
Erik Haula got a penalty for hooking and Edmonton headed to the power play for a second time on the night not too long after the goal but they were unable to convert.
Nate Prosser's shot from the right point with 3:15 to go in the second was a quick riser and handcuffed Scrivens. The Oilers netminder got a piece of it but not enough as it found its way into the back of the net.
Moments before the final minute of the third, Matt Cooke ran Yakupov into the boards, appearing to injure the Oilers forward. The play then went back up the ice and on a broken play during a scramble in front of the Edmonton net, Justin Fontaine managed to chip the puck past Scrivens and give the Wild a two-goal lead.
Shots on goal after two periods were 22-16 for the Wild.
Right off the draw, the Wild struck to make it a three-goal game. The Oilers' Boyd Gordon actually won the draw but the Wild pounced on the puck and skated down the ice on an odd-man rush. After a nice three-way passing play, Jason Zucker converted for the goal.