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GAME STORY: Wild 3, Oilers 0

The Oilers were kept off the board while Zach Parise scored twice, helping propel the Wild to a 3-0 victory

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST PAUL, MN - Zach Parise scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk stopped all 22 shots he faced as the Minnesota Wild dealt the Oilers a 3-0 defeat on Monday.

Edmonton had a chance to sweep their season series with the Wild for the first time since 2000, but the home squad had other plans as they completed the shutout to stave off the brooms.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Wild Post-Game

 

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Wild

The Oilers are taking on the Wild for their final road game of 2017-18

by Ryan Frankson & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. PAUL, MN - The Oilers are in Saint Paul, Minnesota for their final road game of the 2017-18 season. They'll close out the season series against the Wild, whom they've beaten twice so far.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Wild Pre-Game

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GAME STORY: Flames 3, Oilers 2

The Flames outlast the Oilers 3-2 in the final Battle of Alberta of 2017-18

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - A tough stretch in the opening frame was the Oilers undoing in the final Battle of Alberta of the season as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Flames Post-Game

The Flames found the back of the net three times in 8:45 during the middle section of the first period and managed to hold on for the one-goal win despite the Oilers holding momentum for the majority of the matchup.

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BLOG: Darnell discusses sister Kia's NCAA career

Oilers d-man Darnell Nurse reflected on his sister Kia's NCAA basketball career with the UConn Huskies

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Darnell Nurse spent his Friday night in Calgary cheering on his little sister Kia competing 3,000 kilometres away in Columbus at the NCAA women's basketball Final Four.

Kia's Connecticut Huskies had won all 36 games they played this season heading into the national semifinal matchup against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who were also one of the top seeds at 33-3.

The youngest of the three Nurse siblings scored 10 points including a steal and layup with just seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but the Irish hit a buzzer-beater in the extra frame to upset the tournament's top seed 91-89 and advance to Sunday's championship game against Mississippi State.

It was Mississippi State's Bulldogs who did the same thing to Kia and the top-ranked Huskies one year earlier, knocking off the top seed in the national semifinal round. Despite the back-to-back heartbreaks, Kia concludes her NCAA career with back-to-back national titles in 2015 and 2016, and was also just named the 2018 NCAA defensive player of the year.

"What a career," said big brother Darnell following Oilers morning skate on Saturday. "A lot of accolades. Obviously it's tough the way it ended last night but I'm very proud of her. She was able to live out a dream that she had as a little kid. Hopefully that gets to continue as her career carries on."

Kia is part of the Canadian national women's team and has competed at both the Pan American Games (2015) and Summer Olympics (2016) already in her storied basketball career. Her next step? The WNBA, Darnell figures.

"I think that's her plan," he said. "We've talked about it a little bit. She's always been a basketball nut and always wants to be on the court, so I can't see her putting it down yet."

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Flames

The Oilers take on the Flames in Calgary on Saturday night

by Ryan Frankson & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - The Oilers take on the Flames in Calgary on Saturday night, in what is the final meeting of the season between them.

Edmonton is 3-1-0 so far this season against their provincial rivals.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Flames Pre-Game

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BLOG: Practice updates 3/30

Updates, news, notes and video from Friday's practice in Calgary

by Chris Wescott & Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY, AB - The Oilers took the ice at the Saddledome in Calgary for practice ahead of tomorrow's game against the Flames.

Matthew Benning, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse were not on the ice.

Video: PRACTICE | A Break for Bear

The first line rushes were:

Draisaitl-McDavid-Rattie
Lucic-Strome-Puljujarvi
Caggiula-Khaira-Aberg
Slepyshev-Cammalleri-Kassian/Pakarinen

Tweet from @Bob_Stauffer: Oilers today:Draisaitl-McDavid-RattieLucic-Strome-PuljujarviCaggiula-Khaira-AbergSlepyshev-Cammalleri-Kassian/PakarinenRNH not on ice

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BLOG: Talbot talks emergency backups

Oilers goalie comments on 36-year-old accountant Scott Foster suiting up for Chicago

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant from Oak Park, Illinois, became an instant celebrity in the hockey world thanks to an unexpected turn of events during Thursday's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets.

Heading into the game, the Blackhawks were slated to have Anton Forsberg start in net with Colin Delia backing him up. However, after Forsberg was injured during pre-game warmup, Foster got some rather exciting news as the team's emergency backup in the building that evening. He'd get to suit up and sit on the bench for his hometown team.

That in itself would have been a dream come true for Foster, who's one of several names on the Blackhawks emergency backup goalie list. Every NHL team must have an emergency goalie in the building at every game, available for either team should an unexpected situation present itself, and Foster just happened to be that guy on Thursday.

Not only did he get to suit up for the Blackhawks and share a bench with superstars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the unimaginable happened when Delia was also injured six minutes into the third period. Foster, who plays men's league hockey in Chicago, got the nod and made his unforeseen NHL debut.

The Jets must have exploited this bizarre situation, right? Wrong. Foster made seven saves and didn't allow a goal as Chicago preserved a 6-2 win. He played the final 14:01 of the game and was selected as the first star of the night.

Oilers netminder Cam Talbot weighed in on the viral moment following Friday's practice in Calgary.

"I can't even imagine what that was like for him," he said. "I remember my first game, getting called up and getting the chance to go in there and play. But to do your day job and then come to the rink, strap on the pads and get to play at the United Center, it can't get much better than that. And then to come in and make some big saves against a pretty darn good offensive team, that's just an unbelievable story and good for him."

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BLOG: Bear's eye view beneficial

Oilers d-man watches game vs. Vancouver, rests body & learns valuable lessons

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

After playing 14 straight games - the first 14 of his NHL career - Ethan Bear got a different perspective last night in Vancouver as he was a healthy scratch against the Canucks.

The Oilers defenceman and one of the club's top young prospects has scored a goal and three assists in those 14 games. Head Coach Todd McLellan said following the 2-1 defeat in Vancouver that he wanted Bear to observe one game from the press box before returning to action.

"We thought he needed a little breather and needed to watch a game at this level," McLellan said. "He's been very good offensively, he's struggled a little bit defensively lately and it never hurts for a player to go back up top and watch it when it's moving a little slower. There's a lot of coaching done with him over the last couple days to try to help him, let him absorb that and throw him back in on Saturday."

The 20-year-old from Ochapowace First Nation said the viewing experience was beneficial and he's looking forward to getting back in the lineup for tomorrow's final Battle of Alberta this season.

"It's been a long 14 games and the schedule is pretty hectic on your body, so to get that time off you want to really embrace that, take care of yourself and just watch the game," Bear said following Friday's practice at the Saddledome.

"You get that bird's eye view and you get to see plays from a different perspective… When you watch up top, it gives you a different look at the game, things that can help you, little details like time and space. You get to recognize what you've got. I want to play again and hopefully I can get back in."

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GAME STORY: Canucks 2, Oilers 1

Connor McDavid scored his 41st of the year, but Edmonton suffered a 2-1 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

VANCOUVER, BC - Jacob Markstrom made 35 saves and Derrick Pouliot scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Oilers 2-1 on Thursday.

Despite the defeat, Oilers captain Connor McDavid continued his scoring streak with his team's lone goal of the evening and Cam Talbot made 28 saves between the pipes.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Canucks Post-Game

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Canucks

The Oilers open their final road trip of the season tonight in Vancouver.

by Ryan Frankson & Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers open their final road trip of the season with a game in Vancouver to take on the Canucks. 

You can watch the game on Sportsnet One, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet East across Canada and listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Canucks Pre-Game

 

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