|MIN||3||0||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|EDM||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Thursday night.
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.
|Kyle Brodziak (1) ASST: Brad Staubitz (1), Brent Burns (2)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Kyle Brodziak (2) ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (2), Cam Barker (3)|
2 - 0 MIN
|PPG - Ales Hemsky (3) ASST: Kurtis Foster (1), Ryan Whitney (4)|
2 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Guillaume Latendresse (3) ASST: Martin Havlat (6), Matt Cullen (6)|
3 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Shawn Horcoff (3) ASST: Jordan Eberle (2), Ryan Whitney (5)|
3 - 2 MIN
|EN - Brent Burns (3) ASST: Mikko Koivu (5)|
4 - 2 MIN
|Nick Schultz Hooking against Jordan Eberle|
|Chuck Kobasew Holding against Magnus Paajarvi|
|Cal Clutterbuck Slashing against Ales Hemsky|
|Dustin Penner Hooking against Mikko Koivu|
|Eric Nystrom Charging against Theo Peckham|
|Taylor Hall Too many men/ice - bench|
|Guillaume Latendresse Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Kyle Brodziak Cross checking against Andrew Cogliano|
|Guillaume Latendresse Holding the stick against Kurtis Foster|
|Chuck Kobasew Tripping against Shawn Horcoff|
|Dustin Penner Hi-sticking against Marek Zidlicky|
|Dustin Penner Misconduct (10 min)|
|Brent Burns Roughing against Andrew Cogliano|
|Martin Havlat Tripping against Ryan Whitney|
|Tom Gilbert Interference against Matt Cullen|
|SA: 36||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 34||EV: 28 - 28|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .944||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 24||TOI: 58:08|
|Saves: 21||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|