By Kate Butler
The Minnesota Wild took the ice tonight against the Edmonton Oilers in a game that looked to be perfect on paper. Coming off of a much needed big win in
As the Oilers’ General Manager was replaced just yesterday, Yeo said in a pre-game interview that he believes
The Wild came out fighting hard, as Kyle Brodziak fired of the first goal of the game at just in. Just over fifteen minutes later, however, Oilers’ Nail Yakupov stepped in and tied the game at . The teams wrapped the opening period with a tie of 1-1.
The second period, which began in a tie, was dominated by the Minnesota Wild. At just under three minutes into the period, Clayton Stoner scored an unassisted goal to break the tie. A few minutes later, at , Mikaek Granlund scored, putting his team up 3-1 over the Oilers with the help of Torrey Mitchell and Clayton Stoner.
The final period of play began with the Oilers trailing the Wild by two goals, but the score of 3-1 was short-lived. At just twenty seconds into the period, Parise scored a power play goal, assisted by Suter and Pominville. About five minutes later, Brodziak came down on a breakaway and scored on a goal from Pominville and Bouchard.
The Oilers weren’t ready to give up just yet, when at 10:00 in, Shawn Horcoff scored the first power play goal of the night, making the score 5-2. Less than three minutes later, Magnus Paajarvi scores on a shot from Yakupov at .
It truly was a battle to the bitter finish, but in the end, the Oilers just couldn’t make a comeback. After outshooting their opponent 30-19, the Minnesota Wild ended this game with a 5-3 victory. This win secures the Wild a place in the playoffs this year.
The Wild will be back in action tomorrow at