Two straight — Wild fall in shootout

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta — Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner to help the Edmonton Oilers end a two-game losing skid with a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Shawn Horcoff also scored twice and added two assists for Edmonton (4-6-0), which won for just the second time in its past eight games.

James Sheppard, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish scored for Minnesota (7-1-2), which lost for the second consecutive night, but has still points in all but one of its games this season.

The Oilers entered Thursday scoring just twice in their past six meetings with Minnesota. Edmonton tied that total in the first period on Thursday.


The Oilers got to Minnesota goalie Josh Harding just 3 1/2 minutes in, as defenseman Ladislav Smid’s wrist shot was tipped into the net by Horcoff.

Edmonton extended its lead midway through the first, after Hemsky picked up a loose puck in front of the net and snapped his first goal of the season over Harding’s shoulder.

After some sustained pressure in the second period, Minnesota cut into the lead on Sheppard’s first career NHL goal, knocking his own rebound past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Edmonton bounced back less than a minute later, as Horcoff’s shot hit Harding, bounced off Wild defender Kim Johnsson and went in to make it 3-1. It was only Edmonton’s second power-play goal in 38 attempts on the season.

Minnesota made it 3-2 with five minutes remaining in the period after Nick Schultz’s point shot was deflected in front and trickled past Roloson to Bouchard, who sent a backhand shot into the open net.

Rolston tied it at 3-3 early in the third period, converting an Eric Belanger shot that caromed off defender Tom Gilbert’s skates directly to him at the side of the goal.

Edmonton regained the lead five minutes later on a nice goal by Hemsky as he got past Johnsson and deked Harding before sliding it through his legs.

Minnesota rallied midway through the period. Roloson mishandled a glove save on a shot by Parrish and it trickled over the goal line.


Notes: Hemsky’s first-period goal was his 200th NHL point. ... Pavol Demitra (groin) missed his second game in a row. He has three goals and five assists in eight games. ... Wild G Niklas Backstrom, who did not get the start, has been tough on the Oilers throughout his career with three shutouts and five wins in five meetings. Harding’s only previous start against the Oilers was a shutout win.

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