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Matt Boldy scores twice as Wild pick up big victory over Oilers

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

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EDMONTON, Alberta — The out-of-town scoreboard has no loyalty.

Last week, the Wild's competition for a playoff spot kept losing. On Thursday, their rivals won — all four of them, with Seattle and Calgary leapfrogging the Wild.

But their situation improved once they took matters into their own hands.

They overcame blowing a lead and string of botched power plays to win a make-or-break third period and drop the Oilers, 4-2, on Friday at Rogers Place in an appropriate response to falling behind in the playoff race.

The Wild are only two points shy of the last wild-card seed in the Western Conference while moving back in front of the Kraken and Flames. They'll go head-to-head with Seattle on Saturday.

Tied 1-1 with Edmonton, the Wild received goals from Jonas Brodin, Matt Boldy (his second of the game) and Mats Zuccarello to upstage an Oilers rally that was fueled by their power play.

 

Also clutch was goaltender Filip Gustavsson's performance: He denied all but one shot in the final frame and finished with 41 stops overall. Calvin Pickard had 15 saves for Edmonton, which got served a result it probably deserved.

The Wild were the better team early while the Oilers looked slow and lackadaisical. Twice the Wild worked pucks behind Pickard, but only one goal counted.

What would have been Joel Eriksson Ek's team-leading 29th goal, a pretty rising shot, was overturned by an Edmonton challenge that showed Kirill Kaprizov was off-side before Eriksson Ek scored.

But that line didn't exit the first empty-handed.

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