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Wild 4, Oilers 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:38 AM

Associated Press

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

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday night.

Guillaume Latendresse and Brent Burns also scored for the Wild (3-2-1), who won their second straight and improved to 3-2-1.

Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff had goals for the Oilers (2-3-1), who have lost three in a row.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead less than three minutes in when Brodziak - stopped on a 2-on-1 rush by goalie Nikolai Khabibulin - was left alone at the side of the net to dig out the rebound for his first of the season.

Brodziak had his second of the game three minutes later, taking a backhanded pass from Latendresse and firing a shot into the net.

The Oilers cut into the lead 12:42 into the first while on the power play. Defenseman Kurtis Foster earned his first point with the Oilers, sending the puck from the point to Hemsky, who feathered a shot past goalie Niklas Backstrom.

But just over a minute later, the Wild responded with a power-pay goal. Latendresse's shot hit the stick of defender Jim Vandermeer and caromed into the net.

Edmonton had the bulk of the quality chances in the scoreless second period, outshooting the Wild 15-8. The best chance came with the man advantage as Backstrom got a piece of a point-blank shot by Sam Gagner, but the puck trickled just wide of the net.

The Oilers pulled within 3-2 at 8:09 of the third when Horcoff batted in a backhand from in tight. The goal came on Edmonton's ninth power play.

Burns' empty-net goal put the game away for Minnesota.

Notes: It was the second of six meetings between the teams this season. The Wild won the first in the series 4-2 last week. It was Minnesota's 14th consecutive home win over the Oilers. ... The Wild came into the game with the NHL's best power play, scoring 11 of their 16 goals this season with the man advantage. ... Backstrom has started all six games but is expected to sit on Friday at Vancouver so Jose Theodore can get his first start for Minnesota since signing with the Wild on Oct. 1.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:49
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Staubitz (1), Brent Burns (2)
1 - 0 MIN
05:34
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (2), Cam Barker (3)
2 - 0 MIN
12:42
EDM
PPG - Ales Hemsky (3) Snap shot - ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Ryan Whitney (4)
2 - 1 MIN
13:55
MIN
PPG - Guillaume Latendresse (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Havlat (6), Matt Cullen (6)
3 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
08:09
EDM
PPG - Shawn Horcoff (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (2), Ryan Whitney (5)
3 - 2 MIN
19:16
MIN
EN - Brent Burns (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (5)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
06:19
MIN
Nick Schultz  Hooking against  Jordan Eberle
07:45
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Holding against  Magnus Paajarvi
12:13
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Slashing against  Ales Hemsky
13:30
EDM
Dustin Penner  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
18:50
MIN
Eric Nystrom  Charging against  Theo Peckham
19:35
EDM
Taylor Hall  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
04:16
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:32
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Cross checking against  Andrew Cogliano
19:41
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Holding the stick against  Kurtis Foster
3rd Period
04:24
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
04:52
EDM
Dustin Penner  Hi-sticking against  Marek Zidlicky
04:52
EDM
Dustin Penner  Misconduct (10 min)
06:11
MIN
Brent Burns  Roughing against  Andrew Cogliano
16:47
MIN
Marty Havlat  Tripping against  Ryan Whitney
17:04
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Interference against  Matt Cullen
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Nikolai Khabibulin
Nikolai Khabibulin
2-3-0
SA: 24TOI: 58:08
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
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