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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Edmonton



(Thursday, March 1st)

Final Score: Minnesota 5, Edmonton 0

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik each registered two goals and an assist and Josh Harding turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his second career shutout as the Minnesota Wild blanked the reeling Edmonton Oilers, 5-0.

Edmonton has been shutout its last two games since the departure of star forward Ryan Smyth, who was dealt to the Islanders on Tuesday after the Oilers and Smyth failed to come to terms on a new contract.

Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson lasted just two periods, giving up three goals on 19 shots before being pulled in the third period in favor of Jussi Markkanen.

Branko Radivojevic also found the back of the net for the Wild, who won for the fourth time in their last five games.

An Edmonton turnover handed Demitra a breakaway opportunity and the right winger cashed in at the 11:23 mark of the opening period for the first score. Gaborik followed with a power play tally with 3:47 left in the first to give the Wild a 2-0 lead.

Minnesota made it a three-goal game 5:30 into the middle stanza. Oilers defenseman Matt Greene fell down at the blue line, allowing Mark Parrish to skate in alone on Roloson. Parrish's shot slipped through Roloson and Radivojevic was there to stuff home the rebound.

Gaborik then tallied his second goal of the game at the 13:21 mark of third period and Demitra completed the scoring with his second marker of the game with 3:49 left to play.

Edmonton had one last chance to end its scoring drought with a late 5-on-3 power play, but Harding and the Wild held on to preserve the shutout.

Game Notes

The Wild have won three of the five meetings this season...The Oilers had not been shutout in back-to-back games since October 11 and 14, 2003...Minnesota went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Edmonton squandered three chances with the man-advantage...Markkanen ended with just six saves on eight shots.

03/01 23:57:25 ET


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