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Once again the Oilers come to town, once again the Wild leave with two points. They just own Edmonton, badly, winning their 16th straight. Goals from Martin Havlat, Marek Zidlicky, Antti Miettinen and Brad Staubitz, yes, Brad Staubitz give the Wild a 4-2 win, even though Minnesota certainly looked like they wanted to give the game away in the second half of the third period taking penalty after penalty. However, these are the Oilers, and they're heading for a great draft position again because they are a terrible team who seem to shoot themselves in the foot with regularity, taking a stupid penalty with five minutes left to kill all the momentum they had built.
Anyway, yeah the Wild won but honestly it wasn't an exciting win. Sure, the Wild forwards did a great job driving to the net, causing problems for the Oilers, but it's just too little, too late.
- Niklas Backstrom has won 14 straight games against the Oilers in the Xcel Energy Center.
- Brent Burns broke his own record for points in a season by a Minnesota Wild defenseman (44)
- Wild outshot 35-22, including 13-3 in the third period with the game in control
- Matt Cullen became the eighth Minnesotan born player to record 500 career points (181-319=500) when he assisted on the Wild's first goal
- Pierre-Marc Bouchard recorded his 300th career point
Hockey Wilderness 3 stars:
- Brad Staubitz (1 G, dude scores so infrequently, he deserves to get the #1 star when he does)
- Brent Burns (1 A, sets new scoring record for Wild defensemen)
- Tom Gilbert (1 G, 1 A)
- Chuck Kobasew returns to the lineup. Does it make any difference at all? He did get a point, but it really didn't matter and he wasn't much of a factor.
- Any of the soon-to-be UFAs want to put on a contract show? No, same as it ever was.
- Is it October yet? Ha, you wish.
- No real excitement surrounding this one. Anything going to happen to make us wrong? No. Not really.
- If a game is played in Saint Paul, and no one cares, does it still count? Yes, and these meaningless wins cost the Wild decent draft position.