The Wild came out strong in the first period. Within 5 minutes, they managed to score three goals. Zach Parise scored on the power play, followed shortly by even strength goals from Jared Spurgeon and Jason Pominville.
Jeff Petry scored for the Oiles just before the first period ended, but it seemed like the Wild had a grip on the game and would be able to protect the 2-goal lead. It wasn't pretty, but the Oilers managed to keep themselves from scoring in the 2nd and the beginning of the third.
Once the third start, you could see the Wild breaking down. Their passing was horrible, they weren't reading plays, and they were letting A LOT of shots get through to Kuemper.
Of course, this led to the inevitable breakdown by the team in red. With five minutes left in the game, the Oilers had managed to tie it up and it was the first of many signs that the Wild may actually lose the game.
The game went into OT, where the Wild had some really good chances. Parise nearly won the game with a long shot near the end of OT, but the puck hit the post and bounced away.
The shootout wouldn't be any better for the Wild. Parise and Koivu both scored, Darcy Kuemper let his first two goals in as well. The ever loved (I may have puked while typing this) Taylor Hall won the game after Matt Moulson and Pominville missed their chances.
There were a few bright spots tonight however. Erik Haula looked fantastic all night. He has come a long way from last year, and is now seeing time on the PK. He's turning in to quite the fantastic player.
The powerplay was horrible tonight. We all know it, and I'm not going to rehash it here other than to say that SOMETHING has to change. What the team is doing isn't working, and if it doesn't get fixed they can kiss any playoff success goodbye.
The Wild play again Thursday night at the X against the Rangers. Hopefully they come out like a team that wants to win instead of whatever they felt like tonight.