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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Oilers 3

Minnesota scores three times with the extra attacker to earn back-to-back split in Edmonton on Tuesday

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday night:

1. Mikael Granlund kept his point-streak alive in style.

Nearing the end of the second period without a point, Granlund earned the second assist on Eric Staal's goal to extend his streak to nine games.

In the third, Granlund decided to take matters into his own hands, however, rifling a shot past Cam Talbot from the right-wing halfwall to give Minnesota its first lead of the night. 

The goal was Granlund's sixth during the nine-game streak.

Video: MIN@EDM: Granlund snipes PPG from the circle

2. The Wild got off to a much better start on Tuesday.

Bad first periods have haunted Minnesota all season but the Wild has been good enough to overcome them. And even though the Oilers scored first in the game, the overall pace and effort seemed more in line with what Wild coach Bruce Boudreau wants from his group from the outset. 

Tweet from @mnwild: Parise: "It was good to get back to .500 on this road trip...pretty sloppy game last night and better effort tonight."

Leon Draisaitl got Edmonton on the board early with a even strength goal that came seconds after a power play had expired, taking a nice feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and beating Alex Stalock from near the left post. 

Just shy of six minutes later, however, the Wild responded on a power-play marker by Parise, who gobbled up a rebound in front after a Matt Dumba shot, pulled the puck to his forehand and slipped it past Cam Talbot for his fourth of the season.

Alex Stalock was terrific in the period, making 21 saves.

3. Minnesota got its power play going in a big way on Tuesday.

The Wild entered the game among the bottom teams in the NHL in power-play percentage. But one night after scoring once with the man advantage in Vancouver, it connected three times in Edmonton.

Stalock didn't earn an assist on Parise's first-period marker, but give the goaltender credit for leaving his crease and pressing the puck forward behind the Oilers defense. Minnesota forechecked hard, forced a turnover in the offensive zone and seconds later, it was Parise raising his stick in the air. 

On Staal's goal in the second, it was a Ryan Suter shot from the point that the savvy veteran centerman was able to get a piece of on its way to the goalmouth. 

Staal also assisted on Jared Spurgeon's second-period goal for his second multi-point effort in the past three games and third time this season. 

Granlund's winner also came with the extra attacker.

Video: MIN@EDM: Staal deflects the puck in for PPG

Video: MIN@EDM: Parise cleans up rebound in front for PPG

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