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Wild crush Oilers 4-1 in St. Paul

 
Wild crush Oilers 4-1 in St. Paul

By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
@kateMbutler

 

After being shut out 3-0 on their home ice just two days ago, the Wild were back in action tonight in St. Paul taking on the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight marked the 1,000th game in franchise history for the Minnesota Wild. In front of a crowd of 18,037 fans, the Wild were able to pull out a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

 

Darcy Kuemper was back between the pipes for the Wild tonight, stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced. While Kuemper faced fewer shots than he did on Tuesday, he seemed to have some more help from his defense tonight.

 

Stemming from a beautiful, behind-the-net play from Granlund, Jason Pominville, on the backhand, threw the puck up past a sprawled-out Ben Scrivens to put the Wild on the board. The goal was followed by a little scuffle involving Veilleux and Ryan Jones, which resulted in five minute penalties for both players. Minnesota scored the only goal this period, but was outshot by the Oilers 9-7.

 

At just 2:36 into the second period, Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle answered with a quick wrister past Kuemper to tie the game. The Wild had plenty of scoring chances this period but had trouble finishing those chances. Nate Prosser did capitalize on a scoring opportunity though, with just over three minutes to play. This would be his first goal since February 2012, 68 games ago. With 1:03 remaining in the period a quick turnover resulted in Fontaine putting Minnesota up by two goals.

 

“We gave up a lot of opportunities there in the second, and we did bend but we didn’t break,” Nate Prosser, the game-winning goal scorer, said of his team in a post-game interview. 

 

The final period of regulation opened with the Wild ahead by a score of 3-1. That changed off the opening faceoff of the period with a goal from birthday boy, Jason Zucker. The goal came at just eight seconds into the period, making it a 4-1 game. Through the rest of the game, the Wild were able to keep the Oilers at bay, snapping their two-game losing streak and closing out the game 4-1.

 

The Wild will welcome the Dallas Stars to the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night. The puck drops at 8 p.m. and you can hear all the action on FM 100.3 KFAN and on iHeartRadio.com. 

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