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Oilers 2, Wild 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Oilers 2, Wild 1, SO
Minnesota Wild 1, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -The Edmonton Oilers celebrated Fan Appreciation Night with a rare victory.

Mike Comrie scored in regulation and added the shootout winner in the Oilers' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

The Oilers, last in the NHL, snapped a three-game losing streak with just their fifth victory since Dec 15.

"It's about time that something good happened for these young men," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said.

Comrie agreed.

"It's always fun when you win, you can kind of smile again," Comrie said. "We played hard and changed the tune, got a win, and it's a lot more fun winning. When you're battling and playing hard and not getting the wins it get frustrating, they add up."

Comrie slipped a backhander through Niklas Backstrom's pads in the sixth round of the tiebreaker, and Jeff Deslauriers deflected Guillaume Latendresse's shot over the net with his glove to finish off the Wild.

Quinn said he has been impressed with the way Comrie has battled this season, coming off a lengthy absence due to a bout of mono.

"Mike made a decision to come back," Quinn said. "He's one of those guys that wants to play here. He had the unfortunate illness and it really side-railed him for a while. He wants to make a contribution. He wanted to take that shot in the shootout tonight. And he went out there and found the 5-hole with a great play. If he can play like that he can make a contribution to this organization."

Latendresse scored in regulation for Minnesota.

"There are a couple teams between us and eighth place so to play like we did tonight was very disappointing," Wild forward Owen Nolan said.

"We have to be better than that. There are no excuses. We just didn't play good hockey tonight. We didn't play as well as we should have. We need every point we can get and we let one slip away tonight."

Comrie opened the scoring at 6:50 of the first period, swinging around behind the net and hooking the puck behind Backstrom.

Latendresse tied it at 7:34 of the second. Latendresse went around defenseman Tom Gilbert and swung behind the net before calmly depositing the puck behind Deslauriers.

Minnesota had a power play for the final minute of overtime but couldn't capitalize, sending the game to the shootout.

NOTES: The home team won all four games in the season series. ... The Wild have more wins (27) against the Oilers than they have against any other NHL team.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mike Comrie (8) ASST: Zack Stortini (8), Ryan Potulny (9)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
Guillaume Latendresse (21) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (2), Greg Zanon (9)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1P. O'SullivanM. Koivu
2R. PotulnyO. Nolan
3S. HorcoffA. Miettinen
4G. BruleM. Zidlicky
5S. GagnerM. Havlat
6M. ComrieG. Latendresse
penalty summary
1st Period
Derek Boogaard  Kneeing against  Ryan Jones
Theo Peckham  Holding against  Guillaume Latendresse
Ryan Jones  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
2nd Period
Owen Nolan  Slashing against  Theo Peckham
Zack Stortini  Slashing against  Owen Nolan
Zack Stortini  Roughing against  Shane Hnidy
Shane Hnidy  Roughing against  Zack Stortini
3rd Period
Owen Nolan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jeff Deslauriers
OT Period
Theo Peckham  Holding against  Martin Havlat
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 23TOI: 65:00
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
Jeff Deslauriers
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
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