Edmonton 4, Minnesota 1

Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 20-11-2-3 10-4-1-2 10-7-1-1 L6
Edmonton 15-16-0-3 10-6-0-2 5-10-0-1 W1


Jordan Eberle scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers halted a four-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the stumbling Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Eberle's third and fourth goals in the last three games provided more than enough offense for the Oilers, who handed the Wild their season-high sixth consecutive loss.

Minnesota has just five goals over the course of the streak, which included an 0-3-0 run through Western Canada.

Eberle opened the scoring with just over four minutes remaining in the first period and the Oilers enjoying a power play. The second-year forward gloved a loose puck before toe-dragging around a defender and flipping a shot over Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom.

Ryan Smyth doubled the lead at 18:36, converting a wraparound for his first goal in 11 games.

Lennart Petrell struck on a shorthanded breakaway early in the second period to make it 3-0, and Eberle's second of the night on a slick deke from in close at 2:56 made it a rout.

Dany Heatley broke the Minnesota goose egg just inside the eight-minute mark of the third period, slapping home a loose puck from the left faceoff dot for his first goal in six games.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Edmonton
Dany Heatley 1 Points Jordan Eberle 2
Dany Heatley 1 Goals Jordan Eberle 2
Matt Cullen 1 Assists Tom Gilbert 1
N/A Power Play Goals Jordan Eberle 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Lennart Petrell 1
Niklas Backstrom .871 Save Percentage Nikolai Khabibulin .968
Niklas Backstrom 27 Saves Nikolai Khabibulin 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 31 1 0-5 3-4 8 32
Edmonton 31 4 1-4 5-5 23 20

Upcoming Games

  • Edmonton will play its next game on the road against Vancouver. The Oilers have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .450 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Wild have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .375 after a loss.
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