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Wild rally late to cool off red-hot Oilers

Field Level Media
02 Dec 2022, 14:05 GMT+10

Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers in St. Paul, Minn. on Thursday.

Kaprizov extended a career-best 10-game point streak and set a new franchise record with his ninth straight game with an assist.

Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist and Sam Steel also scored for Minnesota.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, which had a three-game win streak come to an end.

Minnesota was well-rested and hadn't played since Sunday, while the Oilers were playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

The energy levels were noticeably different and Minnesota outshot Edmonton 30-21.

Despite that, Draisaitl gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead on the power play at 11:17 of the first period.

The German forward fired a one-timer from the circle after a feed from Evan Bouchard for his 16th goal of the season.

Eriksson Ek tied the game 1-1 early in the second period when he followed up a hard shot off the boards by Kaprizov and fired the puck past Jack Campbell for his seventh goal of the season.

McDavid and Draisaitl then combined on a two-on-one rush to temporarily restore Edmonton's lead at 2-1 less than three minutes later.

Kaprizov scored his on the power play at 10:53 of the period and Frederick Gaudreau gave Minnesota the lead with 6:01 remaining in the middle stanza when he roofed a backhand to make it 3-2.

Minnesota added insurance early in the third period when Steel took a lead pass from Mats Zuccarello and streaked in on a breakaway to make it 4-2.

Zuccarello then scored a comeback-killing goal for the Wild off a shot from the point by Matt Dumba to make it 5-2.

Campbell finished the night with 25 saves on 30 shots and is still searching for consistency after signing a five-year deal with the Oilers as a free agent.

Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves in the win, but had his save percentage took a hit when Klim Kostin scored with four seconds remaining to make it a 5-3 final.

--Field Level Media

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