Minnesota 3, Edmonton 0

Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 32-21-3-4 21-7-1-1 11-14-2-3 W3
Edmonton 20-34-5-2 10-15-1-1 10-19-4-1 L2

Recap


Wild 3, Oilers 0: Mikael Granlund continued his hot play with a goal and rookie Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for his second career shutout as visiting Minnesota continued its mastery of Edmonton.

Stephane Veilleux and Dany Heatley also scored for the Wild, who are 15-3-0 against the Oilers since the start of 2010-11 after winning for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Granlund, who helped Finland win a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics with a team-leading seven points, has recorded nine in his last eight NHL contests.

Ben Scrivens made 18 saves for Edmonton, which along with Minnesota registered six shots in the first period, 10 in the second and five in the third. The Oilers' best scoring chance came in the second session, when Jordan Eberle was denied by the right pad of Kuemper - 9-2-2 in 14 starts since Jan. 7 - to keep it a 2-0 contest.

Granlund's sixth goal of the season came when he took a feed in the slot after a give-and-go with Zach Parise and easily beat Scrivens at 2:04 of the first period. The score remained 1-0 when Kuemper could not locate the puck after making a save before defenseman Jared Spurgeon alertly swept it between the netminder's legs and out of the crease.

Veilleux scored his second goal of the season at 9:37 of the second period, when he accepted a pass from Erik Haula in the right faceoff circle and wired a shot past Scrivens' glove. Charlie Coyle fed Heatley near the crease, and he swept a shot under Scrivens with 10:31 left for his 12th goal while being checked to the ice by Oilers defenseman Anton Belov.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hayley Wickenheiser and Shannon Szabados, members of the gold medal-winning Canadian women's hockey team, participated in the ceremonial opening faceoff with Edmonton captain Andrew Ference and Parise. ... Wild D Nate Prosser was given a rough ride into the boards by Edmonton C Matt Hendricks 49 seconds into the game and appeared to be out cold when he hit the ice but came back to start the second period and assisted on Veilleux's goal. ... Minnesota played with five defensemen for another stretch after Clayton Stoner appeared to suffer a finger injury during a fight with Oilers LW Luke Gazdic in the second period, but he returned.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Edmonton
Mikael Granlund 1 Points N/A
Mikael Granlund 1 Goals N/A
Charlie Coyle 1 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Darcy Kuemper 1.000 Save Percentage Ben Scrivens .857
Darcy Kuemper 21 Saves Ben Scrivens 18

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 21 3 0-2 4-4 19 24
Edmonton 21 0 0-4 2-2 15 31

Upcoming Games

  • Edmonton will play its next game at home against Calgary. The Oilers have a W/L % of .350 after a win and .317 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Vancouver. The Wild have a W/L % of .581 after a win and .483 after a loss.