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Weary Wild loose in the House that Gretsky Built

Minnesota in Edmonton for the fourth of five away games.

The Oilers had the first chance with extra men, but the Wild did a good job of intercepting passes and pick spent a lot of time in the Edmonton zone.
The first ten minutes featured an improved Wild defense, the blueliners keeping the Oilers from having a decent shot.
The Oilers also had the second power play around the five minute remaining mark after a scuffle with the Wild.
The first period didn't show us the most exciting play from either team, but it there were things that Coach Richards and company could build on, especially the solid play in the Minnesota defensive zone.

Unfortunately, whatever was said in the visitors' dressing room seemed to have quickly been forgotten as Edmonton scored first on a very energetic flurry and a shot from the edge. The Wild had shut down the middle of the ice in front of their goal, but the Oilers had a quick pass to the wing after a turnover.
The middle of the second had the Wild playing with energy again, spending most of their time near the Oilers' goal. Their work was rewarded with a power play with 14 minutes left in the period. The sixth best power play didn't much look it, only getting one good shot on Khabibulin.
The Wild defense gave up another turnover in front of their goal, and let another shot come in from the wing to bring the score to 2-0.
The Wild turned the tables in the last five minutes, picking off a poor pass in the Oilers' zone.
Despite the Wild outshooting the Oilers by a considerable margin, Edmonton would score again in the last minute.

The Wild opened the last stanza on the advantage, but to no avail... then turned around and found themselves on the power play again and this one was successful as Brunett continued his streak of at least a point in every game so far this season.His nifty flick of the wrist beat Khabibulin high on the glove side.
The Oilers's power play was nullified soon after it began, and the teams played 4-on-4 for a minute to no effect.
Someone lit a fire under the Wild's collective tail, as they were flying around the rink, but unfortunately an answering rush by the Oilers netted the home team yet another goal.
Josh Harding gave up a rebound to Gilbert Brule with 6 minutes left to make the score 5-2, and the Oilers almost immediately went on their 4th power play of the night.
Derek Boogaard put the Oilers on yet another advantage, none of which were successful.
The last half-minute of the game was a sedate affair, being so far behind Minnesota didn't bother to pull their netminder.
Oilers 5, Wild 2.

Brutal schedule much? The Wild have to go from Ontario to British Columbia to play their next game against Vancouver less than 24 hours after playing in Edmonton. Perhaps luckily for the Wild, the Canucks have little rest as well... having played in Calgary the night before, they also have to travel across Canada for their "home" game in Vancouver.. Not much of an advantage, hopefully.

-Kevin Horner