Wild win 13th straight at home over EdmontonMinnesota Sports
- Andrew Ebbett and Martin Havlat each had a goal and an assist, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the road-weary Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Andrew Ebbett and Martin Havlat each had a goal and an assist, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the road-weary Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Chuck Kobasew and Antti Miettinen also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have beat the Oilers 13 straight times in the Twin Cities. Josh Harding made 34 saves for Minnesota, which has won three in a row and now sits six points behind the Red Wings for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Marc Pouliot and Ryan Potulny each scored for the Oilers, who have lost six straight and 17 of their last 18 overall on the road. Jeff Deslauriers turned aside 24-of-28 shots for Edmonton, which has a league-worst 49 points.
Trailing 2-1 in the third, Potulny lit the lamp with a snap shot at the 1:14 mark to deadlock the contest.
Minnesota went ahead 3-2 on Kobasew's goal at the 4:37 mark. Kyle Brodziak, who was positioned behind the net, slid a pass in front for Kobasew, whose backhander beat Deslauriers.
Havlat added an insurance goal at the 8:15 mark. However, Edmonton went on the power play with 3:33 remaining when Cal Clutterbuck was called for interference. The Oilers then pulled Deslauriers for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Minnesota's defense held strong to secure the win.