|Date of game: 2/24/2015
Recap: Minnesota vs. Edmonton
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Scrivens made Benoit Pouliot's two first-period goals hold up as the Edmonton Oilers cooled off the Minnesota Wild with a 2-1 victory.
Scrivens came up with 33 saves, including 15 during a third period that the Wild dominated but weren't able to come up with the equalizer.
"I was able to see a lot of the shots and thats a credit to the d-men," Scrivens said.
Jordan Eberle assisted on both of Pouliot's scores to help Edmonton end Minnesota's six-game home win streak and finally solve Devan Dubnyk.
Dubnyk entered Tuesday's clash 5-0-0 with an 0.79 goals against average against the Oilers this season, but stopped just 17-of-19 shots in only the Wild's second regulation loss in their last 14 outings.
"We lost the game in large part because of our start," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
The Wild had gone 11-1-1 over their past 13 contests, which included a 4-0 rout of the Oilers in Edmonton on Friday.
Minnesota was plagued by a slow start in Tuesday's rematch, and when Eberle slid a pass across the crease for Pouliot to put in on the doorstep during a 2-on-1 with 8:48 left in the opening period, the Wild had mustered just one shot to that point.
Vanek drew them even by following up to knock home the rebound of Charlie Coyle's in-close chance with 4:46 remaining in the first, but the Oilers answered a mere 32 seconds afterward.
Eberle and Pouliot were again the catalysts, with the latter firing his linemate's drop pass underneath Dubnyk's left arm to put Edmonton back in front.
Minnesota picked up the pace in the second period, putting up 13 shots and drawing an early power play. However, Scrivens was up to the challenge to protect the one-goal edge as the game entered the third.
The Wild had two more power-play chances in the final period, but Scrivens made three more good saves on the first and the Oilers killed off the second as well.
Minnesota, which outshot Edmonton by a 15-5 count in the third, pulled Dubnyk to no avail with 1:19 left to play.Game Notes
The Wild's last home loss took place Jan. 19 against Columbus ... Dubnyk spent
his first five NHL seasons with Edmonton before being traded to Nashville in
January of 2014 ... Oilers forward and 2012 No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov
missed the contest with a groin injury, though defenseman Jeff Petry returned
to the Edmonton lineup after a two-game absence due to bruised ribs ... The
Wild made a trade just prior to the game's start, acquiring forward Sean
Bergenheim from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2016 third-round draft
choice ... Edmonton entered the game 1-7-6 against Central Division teams this