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Wild 4, Oilers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Wild 4, Oilers 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Marian Gaborik has found his form.

The Minnesota star posted his second straight two-goal game and the Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday night, earning their second consecutive road win.

Brian Rolston and Keith Carney also scored for Minnesota, which moved into a second-place tie with Vancouver in the Northwest Division, one point behind Calgary.

Gaborik also led the Wild to a 5-2 win at Vancouver on Thursday that snapped Minnesota's 11-game winless streak on the road.

His latest effort came in just his fourth game since returning to the lineup after missing 34 with a groin injury. The right winger, who went without a point in his first two games back, has eight goals and 11 points this season.

"It's been a good test for me to play back-to-back games like this, especially against a speedy team like Edmonton," he said. "I'm feeling pretty good."

The Oilers came at the Wild early and often. Manny Fernandez, who stopped 32 shots, kept his team in the game.

"They really came at us at the start there," Rolston said. "The story tonight was Manny Fernandez.

"He was great for us and there when we needed him. Our power play wasn't that good and we gave them a number of chances when we had the man advantage and you just can't do that. Manny stood on his head for us."

Petr Sykora and Shawn Horcoff had goals for the Oilers, who had a five-game point streak broken.

"We had a lot of aspects of our game that were really good, especially in the first 30 minutes," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Then Gaborik got loose and scored a goal and the ice tilted.

"We let them back in the game. We should have won with the amount of chances that we had."

Edmonton has lost six straight to Western Conference rivals.

"If you have thoughts of winning the division, you are going to have to have a good record against your division," MacTavish said. "Losing six in a row isn't a way to get that started."

Strong play from Fernandez and Edmonton counterpart Dwayne Roloson resulted in a scoreless first period, a frame in which the Oilers held a 12-6 shots advantage.

Edmonton opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the middle period when Ryan Smyth made a deft pass from behind the Wild net to Horcoff, who fired a shot between Fernandez's legs.

The Oilers kept up the pressure but it was the Wild who scored twice within 43 seconds.

Gaborik made it 1-1 at 5:23, picking up his own rebound off a save by Roloson, spinning around and firing a shot into the corner from the right circle.

Rolston then put Minnesota ahead 2-1 at 6:06, converting a big rebound in front of the Oilers' goal.

Edmonton rallied to tie it at 17:47 when Petr Nedved backhanded a pass to Sykora, who fired a shot in from the slot.

Minnesota went ahead for good at 9:56 of the third when Carney's seemingly harmless shot from the point deflected in off Oilers defenseman Jan Hejda. Gaborik sealed the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:57.

Notes: It was the second meeting of the season between the divisional rivals. Edmonton won the first game 3-1. The teams will face off six more times. ... Minnesota won the series 6-2 last season, including all four games in Edmonton. ... Oilers C Joffrey Lupul played in his 200th NHL game.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:20
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (7) ASST: Ryan Smyth (12), Jason Smith (6)
1 - 0 EDM
05:23
MIN
Marian Gaborik (7) ASST: Brent Burns (7)
1 - 1 Tie
06:06
MIN
Brian Rolston (23) ASST: Todd White (20)
2 - 1 MIN
17:47
EDM
Petr Sykora (17) ASST: Petr Nedved (8), Ladislav Smid (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:56
MIN
Keith Carney (2) ASST: Branko Radivojevic (7), Wes Walz (5)
3 - 2 MIN
19:57
MIN
EN - Marian Gaborik (8) ASST: Pavol Demitra (19)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
04:08
EDM
Mathieu Roy  Tripping against  Wes Walz
07:58
EDM
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  Keith Carney
15:04
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Cross checking against  Petr Nedved
18:17
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Raffi Torres
2nd Period
00:40
EDM
Jan Hejda  Tripping against  Pavol Demitra
06:53
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Boarding against  Joel Ward
08:39
EDM
Matt Greene  Closing hand on puck
15:17
EDM
Matt Greene  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
02:31
EDM
Matt Greene  Hooking against  Wyatt Smith
06:53
MIN
Keith Carney  Elbowing against  Ales Hemsky
13:58
EDM
Jan Hejda  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
goalie stats
Emmanuel Fernandez
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .941SH: 3 - 3
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 26TOI: 58:37
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
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