Edmonton rolled into St. Paul looking for a fourth consecutive victory following a terrific end to the most recent homestand. Unfortunately, the visit to Minnesota followed a similar path to the previous 14 in which the Wild have emerged victorious.
Martin Havlat opened the scoring midway through the second period when he received a long stretch pass, sidling his way behind the Oilers defence. After collecting the puck at the blueline, Havlat proceeded in alone on a breakway, where he snapped a shot five-hole to record the icebreaker.
The Oilers continued to press and were eventually rewarded for their persistence. An odd-man rush the other way saw Linus Omark
feed a trailing Kurtis Foster, who snapped a bullet under the bar to elude Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom. Unfortunately for the visitors, this was the last of the offensive output.
Third period goals by Kyle Brodziak, Jared Spurgeon and Pierre-Marc Bouchard put the Wild in front for good, as Edmonton was relegated to a 4-1 loss Tuesday night. Nikolai Khabibulin
returned to the crease where he made 19 saves on 23 shots for the loss.
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