ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Taylor Hall's goal in the fourth round of the shootout was the cherry on top of a three-goal comeback for the Edmonton Oilers in a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.
The Wild took a 3-0 lead by scoring three goals in a span of 4:16 late in the first period. But the Oilers got one back before the period ended, then scored twice in the third period to force overtime. Neither team scored in the five-minute OT, and Hall ended the game by beating Darcy Kuemper through the five home. Kuemper allowed three goals on four shots in the tiebreaker after stopping the first 11 shootout attempts he faced this season.
"It's been a while since I've taken a shootout shot," Hall said. "Ebs told me he thought five hole would be there."
It was a classy gesture by Yeo, but with Cooke normally slotted on the team's third line with Kyle Brodziak and Nino Niederreiter, it forced the Wild to adjust their lineup until the first television timeout more than five minutes into the game.
Once Minnesota got its offense in order, it struck three times in succession.
The Wild took advantage of a power play opportunity at 11:07 when Mikael Granlund found Zach Parise alone in front of Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth. Granlund dished to the doorstep and Fasth was up to the task on Parise's tap-in try. But with nobody in front to clear him out, Parise gathered in the rebound and easily slipped it into the net for his 22nd goal of the season.
Less than three minutes later, a point shot by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon deflected off the skate of Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz and over Fasth's shoulder for his third of the season.
Minnesota's top line struck again at 15:23 when Granlund found Jason Pominville in front. His shot was deflected in the air and looked to be headed into the net before Fasth knocked it down. So convinced he was about to score, Pominville raised his arms in celebration. He barely had enough time to get his stick back on the ice before Granlund found him again. This time, Pominville snuck the puck between Fasth and the near-side post for his team-leading 24th of the season.
Edmonton began its comeback late in the first period when a centering attempt by Jeff Petry from the bottom of the right circle deflected off Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin's skate and through Kuemper's five-hole for his fifth of the season.
The Wild had an extended 5-on-3 power play in the second period and put eight shots in Fasth in the first 10 minutes of the third, but could never re-establish the three-goal lead.
Edmonton made it a one-goal game with 8:54 left in regulation on a play similar to Petry's goal. This time it was Andrew Ference skating to the bottom of the circle and centering a pass to David Perron in front for his team-leading 24th.
The Oilers tied the game with 4:53 remaining when, after Kuemper stopped a shot from the red line by Ference, the rebound came right to Jordan Eberle, who had slipped by a pair of Wild defenders and beat Kuemper over his glove.
After a rough first period, Fasth, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks last week and playing in his first NHL game since mid-November, made 28 saves.
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