G Josh Harding
made 34 saves to win his third straight start, and C Andrew Ebbett and RW Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist apiece, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers for the 13th straight time at home, 4-2, before 18,474 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Chuck Kobasew snapped a third-period tie and RW Antti Miettinen also had a goal for the Wild, which has won three straight overall and moved within six points of eighth-place Detroit. Minnesota plays at Nashville Thursday and at Columbus Friday.
The Wild won its 13th straight home game against the Oilers since a 2-1 Edmonton victory Jan. 16, 2007, tying Nashville (13 in a row versus Columbus) for the longest active home winning streak against another team. Minnesota, which has trailed in just two of those 13 victories, has outscored the Oilers 42-14 in the streak.
G Josh Harding
made 34 saves to win his third straight start – the first time since Jan. 10-Jan. 13, 2008, that he has won three straight. Harding has won four in a row once in his career – Dec. 14-Dec. 20, 2007. He sports a 2.00 GAA and a .950 SV% in his last three starts. Harding hasn’t lost at home since Feb. 14, 2009. He is 4-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a .941 SV% at home since then.
RW Chuck Kobasew scored his first goal – the GWG – since tallying a hat trick Nov. 27. He hadn’t scored in his last 20 games played, and also missed 23 games with a knee injury. Kobasew has five goals this season.
C Andrew Ebbett scored his third goal in four games, giving him a new career-high nine this season. Ebbett had eight goals in the 2008-09 campaign. He added an assist and has four points (3-1=4) in his last four games.
RW Martin Havlat posted a goal and an assist and has four points (2-2=4) in his last two games.
RW Antti Miettenen scored his second goal in as many games after going 10 games without a tally. Miettinen, who has a career-high 18 goals this season, has four points (2-2=4) in his last three games.
C Mikko Koivu
had his 44th assist – fifth on the Wild’s all-time single season list. Pierre-Marc Bouchard
holds the record of 50, set in 2007-08, while Brian Rolston is up next for Koivu in fourth place with 45, in 2005-06. Koivu, who has four points (2-2=4) in his last two games, registered a career-high 47 assists in 2008-09.
LW Andrew Brunette had an assist and has four points (2-2=4) in a three-game point streak.
D Greg Zanon has an assist in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 8-Jan, 10, 2009.
D Cam Barker was plus-two. Barker has four points (1-3=4) and is a plus-six in nine games since being acquired Feb. 12.
Minnesota improved to 14-2-5 in regular season home games in March and April in the last two-plus seasons.
Minnesota is 11-3-0 this season when playing a team that played the night before, including five straight wins. The Oilers played in Columbus last night.