RW Martin Havlat scored twice, linemate LW Guillaume Latendresse
snapped a third-period tie and added an assist, and G Josh Harding
turned in a gritty 21-save effort before leaving midway through the third due to injury, as the Minnesota Wild fended off the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in front of 18,168 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Antti Miettinen also scored and G Anton Khudobin held off Edmonton for the game’s final 9:38 with nine saves as the Wild won its 12th straight home meeting with the Oilers. Minnesota now has points in its last eight home games (7-0-1) overall and plays game two of a five-game homestand Saturday against Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
The Wild won its 12th straight home game against the Oilers since a 2-1 Edmonton victory Jan. 16, 2007. Only Nashville (13 in a row at home over Columbus) has a longer home winning streak versus one team. Minnesota, which has trailed in just two of those 12 victories, has outscored the Oilers 42-14 in the streak.
RW Martin Havlat scored two goals – giving him 13 on the season – and has points in nine of his last 10 home games (5-6=11). Havlat, who was a plus-three, ranks third on the Wild roster with 39 points (13-26=39). Havlat notched his 29th career multiple-goal game – first with the Wild.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
snapped a tie with 7:48 left in the third period, his 18th goal of the season – 16th with the Wild. Latendresse, who also had a assist, has a goal in each of his last two games, and has a three-game point streak (2-2=4). Latendresse, a plus-three tonight, ranks second on the team with 10 goals at Xcel Energy Center despite playing in just 16 home games.
G Josh Harding
made 21 saves before leaving the game midway through the third period. G Anton Khudobin relieved Harding and made his NHL debut, making nine saves.
RW Antti Miettinen scored his 16th goal of the season – setting a new career-high. Miettinen had 15 goals in each of the last two seasons. Miettinen has three goals in his last two home games.
LW Andrew Brunette recorded an assist and has eight points (2-6=8) in his past eight games.
D Kim Johnsson posted an assist, the first time this season he has a assist in back-to-back games.
Minnesota has earned at least one point in eight straight games at Xcel Energy Center (7-0-1), its longest such streak since going 6-0-4 to end the 2008-09 season. The Wild is 19-6-2 at home this season and 25-6-6 in its last 37 games at Xcel Energy Center dating back to Feb. 19, 2009.
The Wild, which outscored the Oilers 3-1 in the third period tonight, has outscored its opponents 17-6 in the third period of its eight-game home points streak. Just one team (Columbus) has outscored the Wild in the third period in that span.