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Wild fall to Oilers, 4-3, lose Jonas Brodin early in the third

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

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EDMONTON, Alberta — The Wild didn't stop Connor McDavid and his Oilers linemates, but that's not what cost them.

A pair of power-play goals did the trick, flipping a late-period lead into a 4-3 deficit that stuck Friday night at Rogers Place to seal back-to-back losses for the Wild with one game to go on their Western Conference road trip.

They're back in action on Sunday at Seattle.

After Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl capitalized with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in the second period to tee up a 3-3 photo finish for the third, Evan Bouchard served up a one-timer from the middle on the Oilers' next power play only 1:32 into the period to polish off Edmonton's comeback with his second goal of the game.

Ryan Hartman was penalized before Bouchard scored, getting whistled for roughing Evander Kane after Kane crunched Jonas Brodin into the boards. Brodin did not play the rest of the game.

This was the first time in six games since John Hynes (4-2) was named coach that the Wild penalty kill was tagged for multiple goals. The penalty kill is now 17 for 20 with Hynes at the helm after going 2 for 4 vs. the Oilers.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury, in his 996th career game and four wins shy of passing Patrick Roy for the second-most wins of all time, totaled 36 saves.

Unlike the Wild, who lost the previous night, 2-0, at Vancouver, Edmonton was rested and the sharper side early.

The Oilers tested Fleury 18 times in the first period and Fleury, in his first start since last Sunday, stopped all but one of those shots. With 4:44 to go, Bouchard slung the puck by Fleury's glove after a breakdown in coverage by the Wild.

But a much better version of the Wild appeared in the second.

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