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Minnesota Wild blow three-goal lead; lose in shootout

Nino Niederreiter (22) chases Taylor Hall (4) just inside the Edmonton Oilers blue line.
Nino Niederreiter (22) chases Taylor Hall (4) just inside the Edmonton Oilers blue line.
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The Minnesota Wild scored three quick late in the first period to take a commanding, but the Edmonton Oilers scored before intermission and began chipping away.

Mikko Koivu (9) carries the puck with Taylor Hall (4) defending in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.
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With four minutes and 53 seconds remaining in the third period, Jordan Eberle skated around Ryan Suter a chipped a rebound off a dump-in over the glove of Darcy Kuemper to tie the game.

It was an all-around lazy play by the Wild. The forwards did not step up on Andrew Ference, who dumped the puck. Eberle, who joked after the game about possibly being offside, was given a clear path to the net by the defensemen. Darcy Kuemper couldn’t handle the rebound and the game went to overtime.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins gave his team a lot of credit, especially Ference for creating the scoring chances on both third period Oilers goals.

“(Ference) baited their goalie there,” Eakins said about the game-tying goal. “The goalie thinks he is going to rim the puck and right at the last second he decides to put it on net. The goalie is a little off balance and suddenly there is a rebound.”

The Wild (34-22-8) scored all three of their goals in a four minute and 16 second span in the first period. Zach Parise scored first off his own rebound on the power play. Jared Spurgeon continued the spree by sending a shot from the point off Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz’s skate and into the net. Jason Pominville capped the scoring by one-timing a pass from Parise seconds after getting robbed by Viktor Fasth.

After that the Wild failed to put the Oilers away and paid the price by gaining only one point and losing ground in the standing to the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes - who both won on the night.

“We just didn’t play with that same intensity as we needed to,” Suter said. “Going into the third period you have to take it to them. I think we sat back and they were throwing pucks to the net.

No excuses, we sat back and they took it to us.”

The Wild had opportunities to extend the lead in the second and third periods, including a two-man advantage nearing the midway point, and got a power play in the final 10 seconds of regulation that carried over into overtime.

“Oh, it could have been lights out,” Eakins said about the 5-on-3 kill. “Then the one into overtime. Our killers did an amazing job. They executed really well. That’s what it takes to win hockey games. Those big kills that keep the tap-in power play goals- 5-on-3, 4-on-3 - out of your net.”

The Oilers (22-35-8) got the board with three minutes and five seconds when Jeff Petry fired a shot the front of the net and banked it into the net off Marco Scandella’s skate. That got the Oilers going and kept them in the game.

“It would have been really easy to pack it in and call it a night and get on to the next game,” Eakins said. “But, our guys refused to do it. They just kept scraping and clawing.”

The Wild return to action Thursday against the New York Rangers at the Xcel Energy Center.

Three Stars

No. 3 - Jason Pominville. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.

No. 2 - Andrew Ference. The Oilers defenseman had two assists.

No. 1 - Jordan Eberle. The Oilers forward scored a goal and added an assist.


Edmonton……1 0 2 0 - 4

Minnesota……3 0 0 0 - 3

First Period - 1, Minnesota, Parise 22 (Granlund, Pominville), 11:07 (pp). 2, Minnesota, Spurgeon 3 (Haula, Heatley), 13:46. 3, Minnesota, Pominville 24 (Parise, Granlund), 15:23. 4, Edmonton, Petry 5 (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins), 16:55. Penalties - Hall, EDM (holding), 9:17.

Second Period - None. Penalties - Coyle, MIN (holding the stick), :24; Brodziak MIN (hooking), 2:25; Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (hooking), 7:43; Smyth, EDM (hooking), 8:19; Coyle, MIN (interference), 11:55.

Third Period - 5, Edmonton, Perron 24 (Ference, Gagner), 11:06. 6, Edmonton, Eberle 21 (Ference, Klefbom), 15:07. Penalties - Hendricks, EDM (delay of game-puck over glass), 19:51.

Overtime - None. Penalties - None.

Shootout - Edmonton: Eberle (goal), Perron (goal), Gagner (miss), Hall (goal). Minnesota: Parise (goal), Koivu (goal), Moulson (save), Pominville (save).

Shots on goal - Edmonton 10-6-7-3 26. Minnesota 9-9-13-0 31.

Goalies - Edmonton, Fasth (28-31). Minnesota, Kuemper (23-26). Referees - Chris Rooney, Trevor Hanson. Linesmen - Matt MacPherson, Mark Shewchyk.

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