Hall’s shootout winner lifts Oilers past Wild, 4-3
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Taylor Hall scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Hall beat Darcy Kuemper with a forehand after each team scored in the first two rounds of the shootout. Viktor Fasth stopped two straight shots before Hall slipped the game-winner between Kuemper’s pads.
Zach Parise, Jared Spurgeon, and Jason Pominville scored in 4-minute, 16-second span of the first period to put the Wild up 3-0.
Jeff Petry got the Oilers on the scoreboard about 90 seconds after the Wild’s flurry, and David Perron and Jordan Eberle scored in the third period to tie it. Andrew Ference had two assists.
Fasth finished with 28 saves through overtime to help Edmonton win for the third time in four games.
Mikael Granlund had a pair of assists for the Wild, who have lost three straight, including the last two in shootouts.
Minnesota now holds a three-point lead over Dallas for the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference, with Phoenix just a point behind the Stars.
Parise opened the scoring on the power play, taking a pass from Granlund and beating Fasth with his own rebound for his 22nd goal of the season with 9:53 left in the first.
Minnesota doubled its lead when Spurgeon’s slap shot from the right point hit Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz in the leg and deflected past a screened Fasth with 6:14 to go. Pominville made it 3-0 with 4:37 left in the first when he scored his team-leading 24th of the year off a feed from Granlund, who had chased down a loose puck behind the net.
Petry then fired a shot from the right corner that hit traffic in front of the net and skipped past Kuemper with 3:05 left in the period.
Perron tipped in Ference’s pass for his team-leading 24th goal with just under 9 minutes to play in the third to cut Minnesota’s lead to 3-2.
Eberle tied it with 4:53 to go in regulation, scoring off a long rebound given up by Kuemper. Ference fired the puck into the Minnesota zone from center ice, but Kuemper could not control the carom. Eberle beat Ryan Suter to the puck in the high slot and slipped a wrist shot past Kuemper for his 21st goal of the year.
Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks took a 2-minute minor with 8.7 seconds left in regulation when he inadvertently shot the puck into the crowd in his defensive zone. But the Oilers killed off the penalty, and Parise later hit the post as the Wild failed to put the game away.
NOTES: Wild F Matt Cooke played in his 1,000th NHL game. He was honored by the Wild in a pregame ceremony that featured taped greetings from former teammates and opponents on the Xcel Energy Center scoreboard. … Fasth was making his first appearance with the Oilers after being acquired from Anaheim in a trade on March 4.