The Minnesota Wild scored goals 43 seconds apart to turn a deficit into a lead midway through the third period. The Wild held on for a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.
Just over five minutes after the Oilers took a 3-2 in the third period, Ryan Suter re-directed a centering pass from Mikko Koivu into the net on the backdoor to tie the game. The Wild started getting pucks behind the Oilers defensemen and using their forecheck in the moments before tying the game.
“Our forecheck is really effective,” Marco Scandella said. “Once we got to it, we were keeping pucks in the zone, getting a lot of zone time.”
Forty-three seconds later, Charlie Coyle pushed a centering pass from Thomas Vanek under Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot for the game-winning goal. Coyle was able to get position on Oilers center Anton Lander at the top of the crease and got his stick on the centering pass that Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson got a piece of to slow it down.
“I think so,” Coyle said having to use his body to score goals. “It was a good result from it. It is nice to be rewarded when you do it, but I got to do it consistently.”
Suter got the scoring started with a wrist shot through traffic at the 7:25 mark of the opening period. Talbot never saw the shot coming and did not react even after it was in the net.
The Wild (6-2-1) extended their lead to 2-0 just two minutes and five seconds later. Scandella, in his first power play time of the season, tipped a pass from Vanek over Talbot’s arm off a rush. Scandella weaved into the middle of four Oilers defenders and slid a pass to Vanek just inside the blue line. Scandella kept going straight to near post with his stick on the ice and Vanek perfectly found it.
The Oilers (3-7-0) got on the board at the 11:09 mark of the first period with a delayed penalty coming on the Wild. Taylor Hall fired a rebound into the open net when Devan Dubnyk couldn’t handle the rolling puck. The assists on the goal came from Nail Yakupov and Connor McDavid, meaning all three points on the goal came from No. 1 overall draft picks.
Iiro Pakarinen tied the game at the 4:41 mark of the second period with a one-timer off a pass from Hall that caromed off Matt Dumba’s leg and into the net. Two soft plays by the Wild allowed the goal to happen. First, Nate Prosser let Hall get to the puck behind the net to give the Oilers possession. Then Dumba gave Pakarinen space near the face-off circle and could not close in time to stop the shot.
NOTES: Koivu now has recorded a point in seven straight games and eight of the team’s nine games this season … Justin Fontaine recorded the second assist on Coyle’s goal to give him a three-game point streak … Dubnyk improves to 6-1-0 against his former team with a 1.28 goals against average and .949 save percentage … Jason Zucker recorded an assist on the game’s first goal giving him a four-game point streak … Zach Parise played in his 700th game … The Wild are 4-0-0 at home this season … The Wild have won 21-3-1 in their last 25 games against the Oilers at the Xcel Energy Center … Oilers rookie defenseman Darnell Nurse scored his first career NHL goal with a slap shot 3:38 into the third period.
No. 3 – Charlie Coyle. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 2 – Taylor Hall. The Oilers forward had a goal and an assist.
No. 1 – Ryan Suter. The Wild defenseman scored two goals.
Edmonton……1 1 1 – 3
Minnesota……2 0 2 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Suter 1 (Zucker), 7:25. 2, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Vanek), 9:30 (pp). 3, Edmonton, Hall 4 (Yakupov, McDavid), 11:09. Penalties – Gryba, EDM (roughing), 7:47; Davidson, EDM (hooking), 16:05; Bench, MIN (too many men; served by Niederreiter), 19:04.
Second Period – 4, Edmonton, Pakarinen 1 (Hall), 4:41. Penalties – None.
Third Period – 5, Edmonton, Nurse 1 (Klefbom, Pouliot), 3:38. 6, Minnesota, Suter 2 (Koivu, Niederreiter), 8:43. 7, Minnesota, Coyle 3 (Vanek, Fontaine), 9:26. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – Edmonton 5-9-11 25. Minnesota 8-11-9 28.
Goalies – Edmonton, Talbot (24-28). Minnesota, Dubnyk (22-25). Referees – Trevor Hanson, Mike Leggo. Linesmen – Shandor Alphonso, Brad Kovachik.