Road woes continue for Wild with loss at Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Dustin Penner and Gilbert Brule each scored twice to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Mike Comrie also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 29 saves for Edmonton. The Oilers won for the third time in four games to improve to 4-2-1.
Benoit Pouliot and Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota. The Wild have lost the first four games on a five-game trip to drop to 1-5-0.
Comrie opened the scoring at 1:49 of the second period, taking a return pass from Robert Nilsson and putting a shot over goalie Josh Harding's shoulder.
The Oilers made it 2-0 with 8:15 left in the second, with Patrick O'Sullivan making a slick pass through the crease to Penner on the doorstep.
Minnesota cut into the lead with 3:19 to play in the second when Pouliot beat Nikolai Khabibulin off a rebound. The Oilers regained their two-goal advantage with 43 seconds remaining when Brule scored off a rebound.
The Wild made it a one-goal game again at 3:35 of the third when Brunette spun around in front of the net and shoveled in a rebound on a power play.
Edmonton restored the two-goal cushion at 11:58. Sam Gagner made a long pass to Penner, who drove the net to chip in his second of the game. Brule closed out the scoring with his second of the game less than 2 minutes later.
E Oilers forward Ales Hemsky was a game-day scratch because of the flu. The Oilers also were missing defensemen Sheldon Souray and Steve Staios, both sidelined by the flu.
- Derek Boogaard played his first game of the season for the Wild after returning from a concussion.
- Niklas Backstrom is 13-1-0 all-time against the Oilers with four shutouts but has struggled in games played at Edmonton.
He has been pulled four times in six starts at Rexall Place.