Minnesota 4, Edmonton 3

Thursday, December 29, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Edmonton 15-18-0-3 10-6-0-2 5-12-0-1 L2
Minnesota 21-12-2-4 11-5-1-2 10-7-1-2 W1


Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild ended an eight-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Minnesota enjoyed an offensive explosion - at least by its standards - after scoring just 10 times during the skid. The win also allows the Wild to finish with a 4-2-0 edge in their season series with the Oilers.

After Taylor Hall gave Edmonton the early lead, Koivu drew the Wild even with 6:13 remaining in the opening period. With the teams playing four-on-four, the Minnesota captain stickhandled into the slot before wristing a shot that eluded Oilers netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Wild went in front on two quick goals midway through the second frame. Jarod Palmer skated in untouched on the left side and whistled a shot high past Khabibulin for his first career NHL goal, while Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it 3-1 just 19 seconds later from nearly the exact same spot.

Ladislav Smid made it a one-goal game with a one-timer of a Hall pass with 5:20 remaining, but Dany Heatley restored the two-goal advantage 46 seconds later on a tap-in from the doorstep.

Shawn Horcoff made it a 4-3 game at 6:40 of the third on a wrist shot that fooled Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom. Edmonton had a chance to draw even after the Wild's Justin Falk picked up an interference penalty with 1:23 remaining, but couldn't manage a decent shot on goal despite having a 6-on-4 advantage.

Top Game Performances

Edmonton   Minnesota
Taylor Hall 2 Points Marek Zidlicky 3
Taylor Hall 1 Goals Mikko Koivu 1
Taylor Hall 1 Assists Marek Zidlicky 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Devan Dubnyk 1.000 Save Percentage Niklas Backstrom .900
Nikolai Khabibulin 15 Saves Niklas Backstrom 27

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Edmonton 30 3 0-3 1-1 34 30
Minnesota 27 4 0-1 3-3 38 32

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Arizona. The Wild have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .368 after a loss.
  • Edmonton will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Oilers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .429 after a loss.
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