The Minnesota Wild picked up an impressive 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center. The win moved the team to a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race.
"I really liked the start of our game, and I really liked the finish," said head coach Mike Yeo. "And I really liked the part in between too."
The Wild played dominant in their defensive zone holding the Oilers without a shot in the second period.
"Maybe once or twice, but not that I remember," said goalie Niklas Backstrom when asked if he'd ever seen a period of not seeing a single shot. "The guys did a great job in front of me."
Despite outshooting the Oilers 18-0 in the second period but could not crack goaltender Davan Dubnyk.
"You start to wonder, is it going to be another one of those games," forward Zach Parise told FOX 9 Sports Director Jim Rich. "Fortunately, we came out and were able to get that quick one in the third and not really look back from there."
Captain Mikko Koivu scored just nine seconds into the final period giving the Wild the 2-1 lead. The first line wasn't doneas Charlie Coyle scored six minutes later to give the team a two goal lead.
Sam Gagner picked up a couple of lucky bounces as a pass went off of his stick behind Backstrom, skipped in front of the net where it ping ponged off of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and off of Backstrom for a goal.
The Wild would pick up a power play goal at the 15:09 mark of the period when Danny Heatley picked up his eighth goal of the season.
The Wild move to 11-8-2 and will travel to Chicago Tuesday to face the Blackhawks who have yet to lose a game in regulation.