Minnesota Regressors vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game Recap

Sutton leapfrogs PMB...just like the Wild leapfrogged the Pens in the standings. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Minnesota Wild 3 - 2 Edmonton Oilers (SO)

For the Oilers perspective...you don't need the Oilers perspective...if you really do, go to...somewhere. Seriously, don't go to ''The blog that shall remain nameless'', you'll just be wasting your time.

To say these two teams and their fanbases have beef with each other may not even begin to describe their relationship of late, so right off the bat, this was an interesting match up.

The Wild seemed to think the game started an hour late, because they certainly didn't show up in the first period. The Oilers spanked the Wild early on with some heavy hitting, one of which was a pretty dirty knee-on-knee hit by Ryan Whitney on Cal Clutterbuck. Seeing as Derek Boogaard was suspended for the same hit on Ryan Jones a few years back, Whitney SHOULD get the Shanaban. He really should know better, considering the bevy of leg injuries he's had over the years. Clutterbuck played a few shifts after that, but he would end up sitting this one out. No news so far. Andy Sutton, of all people, seriously, even Oilers fans were surprised, made a beautiful pass to a lone Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, clearly not the guy you want left alone, and he easily buried it to make it 1-0 for the locals. The Oilers would keep on out-hitting and out-playing the Wild and the Succubus Powerplay reared it's ugly face, with no results, despite being 5-on-3 for over a minute. Disgusting.

Darcy Hordichuk got his ''ten year old wish'' by fighting Brad Staubitz. Few good bombs thrown by both, no clear winner. Hordichuk said: ''Brad Staubitz thinks he's a tough guy''. That was Hordichuk's first fight of the season. What a tough guy.

The second period was no different... in the beginning. Jordan Eberle scored to make it 2-0 on a powerplay, but then, as we've seen a few times from the Wild this year, they become frenzied and score goals in quick succession. The top line struck as Dany Heatley, target of the boo-birds in Edmonton, and Koivu, who extended his point streak to 7 games, collaborated on a Devin Setoguchi goal. Former Oiler favorite and current Oil-spiller Kyle Brodziak scored 3 minutes later on a goal that needed to be reviewed because it went off his arm. The goal would stand, with assists to Nick Johnson and Marco Scandella. Someone pulled the old ''Open the door during a hit'' on Darroll Powe, as he got hit hard into the open door, he would also sit the game out, which meant the Wild were playing with 10 forwards and some line juggling was necessary.

The game stayed tied until the shootout, but the third period was very action-heavy. Lots of physicality, end-to-end chances, but was mostly dominated by the Oilers. I have to say, the Wild were very out-classed on the physical department. Not quite sure why that was, but they seemed to fall a lot, even when they did the hitting. Nonetheless, the Oilers would survive a Ryan Smyth penalty in OT, on to the shootout.

I'll just post the order of the happenings:

Jordan Eberle EDM Goal
Pierre-Marc Bouchard MIN Goal
Ales Hemsky EDM Save
Mikko Koivu MIN Goal
Sam Gagner EDM Goal
Matt Cullen MIN Miss
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM Miss
Devin Setoguchi MIN Save
Shawn Horcoff EDM Goal
Dany Heatley MIN Goal
Ryan Smyth EDM Save
Kyle Brodziak MIN Goal

Definitely check out the highlights for the shootout, there were some pretty dirty goals from both sides. It was pretty delicious to see Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Dany Heatley and Kyle Brodziak score on the shootout, seeing as they perpetually hurt the Oilers.

Must be hard to take for Oilers fans to lose in the SO all the time against the ’’horrible’’ Wild and the worst goalie in the history of SO.

Oh well, the Wild regress all the way back to #1 in the NHL. Feel that regression.

Next game is against the Devils, who just got trounced by the Avalanche. Could be dangerous, as they'll want to bounce back big.

Nighty-night, Wilderness.

A few facts:

- The Wild have turned this year's Movember into it's winningest month in their franchise, 11-4-0

- PMB has 40 points in 41 games against the Oilers. He also broke the 20 minute mark of ice-time tonight for the first time since returning from a concussion.

- From Nathan (@Nathaneide): This was a successful #Movember. The #mnwild with 11 wins, atop the NHL and we (Hockey Wilderness) raised $1285!

- The Wild are now 10-2-3 in one-goal games.

- The Wild are #1 in the league with this win. Oh, the regression.

- Dany Heatley improved to 5 for 27 on the shootout on his career (yikes), Matt Cullen dropped to 4 for 5 on the season.

- After 21 comments in the GDT against Calgary, we got 1145 (at the time of writing). That's what regression will do for ya. Thank you to our visitors from On The Forecheck and Nucks Misconduct for joining in on the fun.

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The Bennett's Chop & Railhouse Stars of the Game:

1. Kyle Brodziak (GTG, GWSOG, Great game overall)

2. Mikko Koivu (Assist, nearly 25 minutes of ice time, sweet SO goal)

3. Jordan Eberle (G, A, nasty shootout goal.)

Remember, when you begin and end your night at Bennett's, you're the star! Easy parking, drink and food specials and a free shuttle to and from the Xcel Energy Center. Check them out at http://bennettschopandrailhouse.com/.

5 questions

  1. Can the Wild avoid getting caught up in a mess? Barely
  2. Does Backstrom ownership continue? Yup.
  3. Will the defense look solid with the new pieces again? They were OK, that first goal should've happened though. No one on RNH? Really?
  4. Can Dany Heatley find some antidote for these snake bites? Do shootout goals count?
  5. Where, exactly, is the mean? Can we use the mode instead? Or just the average? And how many standard deviations are we from sanity right now? I don't give a crap.
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