The Minnesota Wild snapped its eight game losing streak by beating the Oilers 4-3 Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Mikko Koivu got the scoring started in the first-period with his ninth goal of the season. The Wild then pulled away with three-goals in the second-period, and held off Edmonton in the final moments for the win.
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The Wild is now winless in its last six games as they were dismantled by the Oilers by a score of 4-to-1 last night. Mikko Koivu missed his fourth straight game with a lower body injury. The Wild has struggled offensively without Koivu, scoring only three goals during his absence.
Backstrom hopes for more success against Oilers
Niklas Backstrom gets the call tonight in goal as the Wild take on the Oilers in Edmonton. Last Friday, Backstrom was pulled in the first period of Minnesota’s loss to the the Oilers at the X. But Backstrom was solid in Monday’s win over Tampa Bay, so coach Mike Yeo is sticking with his starter. He says Backstrom deserves a chance to “bounce back.”
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