Wild Score 3 Goals In 3rd, Beats Edmonton 4-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s spin-o-rama tally highlighted a three-goal, third-period outburst for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Martin Havlat, Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon also scored for Minnesota, which has beaten Edmonton 15 straight times at home. That ties the Nashville Predators’ home dominance of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the longest current streak in the NHL, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Niklas Backstrom stopped 20 shots to improve his home record against Edmonton to 14-0, the longest current home streak by a goalie against one team. He is 17-2-1 overall against the Oilers.
Kurtis Foster scored for Edmonton, which lost for the first time in four games.
After the Oilers failed to score during 91 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period, Bouchard took a pass from Cal Clutterbuck and went in alone on Nikolai Khabibulin. Clutterbuck faked to the forehand, stopped just before the crease, spun 180 degrees back to the right, and tucked a backhand into the open net.
The Wild have outscored the Oilers 55-19 during their home-winning streak, including 22-4 in the third period and overtime. Edmonton has scored more than two goals against Minnesota just once.
Brodziak scored the winning goal 1:28 into the third period, taking a pass from Nick Schultz as he cut across the crease and lifting a backhand over Khabibulin into the top corner.
Spurgeon scored his first career goal 5 minutes later on a slap shot from outside the left circle. Brodziak screened Khabibulin on the play.
Havlat gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead midway through the second.
Havlat cut to the middle of the ice, took a pass from Greg Zanon at the Edmonton blue line, split Tom Gilbert and Theo Peckham in the Oilers zone and beat Khabibulin with a wrist shot between the pads. It was his third straight game with a goal.
Foster beat Backstrom late in the middle period to tie it. He took a pass from Linus Omark and scored with a wrist shot to the glove side to give him his first goal in 32 games.
Minnesota played its second straight game without injured center Mikko Koivu. Matt Cullen centered the top line between Andrew Brunette and Antti Miettinen.
Notes: Edmonton D Taylor Chorney left after the second period because of a right knee injury. … Minnesota RW Chuck Kobasew was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. … Foster scored 21 goals in four seasons with the Wild from 2006-09. … Camouflage jerseys worn by the Wild for their pregame skate will be auctioned off for Defending the Blue Line, a charity created by Minnesota National Guard members.