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                         === Wild skate past Oilers ===
 
 St.  Paul, MN  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist
 to  support Darcy Kuemper's 20-save effort in the Minnesota Wild's 4-1 victory
 over the Edmonton Oilers at XCel Energy Center.
 
 Nate  Prosser, Justin  Fontaine and Jason Zucker also tallied to help the Wild
 improve  to  6-2-0 in January  and deal the Western Conference cellar-dwelling
 Oilers a sixth consecutive road loss.
 
 "Prosser is an unbelievable professional," said Wild coach Mike Yeo. "There's
 no question he's made the absolute most of this opportunity. He's a guy that
 wins."
 
 Jordan Eberle produced Edmonton's lone highlight with a first-period goal. Ben
 Scrivens,  acquired  from Toronto  for  a  2014  third-round draft  choice  on
 Wednesday, stopped 29 shots in his Oilers' debut.
 
 "I felt pretty good, but I need to find a way to make another save or two for
 the guys here. Every game at this point of my career is another chance for me
 to develop and get better," Scrivens said. "Every team is different, we did so
 many things well in our own zone, but we made a few mistakes."
 
 The  teams  were knotted  at 1-1 deep  into the second  period before the Wild
 scored twice within a span of just over two minutes to move in front to stay.
 
 A  giveaway  by the  Oilers' Ryan  Jones led  to Prosser  blasting a shot over
 Scrivens' glove and into the top right corner of the Edmonton net with 3:15 to
 go  in the middle session. Fontaine made it a two-goal advantage 1:03 prior to
 the  second  intermission, starting  a 3-on-2  rush that  he later finished by
 putting home a rebound of Kyle Brodziak's initial attempt.
 
 The Wild needed a mere eight seconds to extend the margin in the third period.
 Zucker  skated down  the left wing following  a faceoff win and worked a give-
 and-go  with Dany  Heatley that ended with  the former burying the puck over a
 diving Scrivens for a 4-1 lead.
 
 Kuemper  polished  off his third  win in four  starts by registering only five
 saves over the final 20 minutes.
 
 Minnesota  began the  scoring just past the midway mark of the opening period,
 with  Mikael Granlund  taking the  puck away  from Edmonton  defensemen Martin
 Marincin  behind the  Oiler  net  and sending  a  no-look  backhand feed  that
 Pominville deposited in from close range.
 
 Eberle pulled the Oilers even with an unassisted marker with 2:36 to go in the
 first,  racing into the  Minnesota zone on a 2-on-1 and beating Kuemper with a
 top-shelf wrister.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  game was  the 1,000th in the  history of the Wild franchise ... Minnesota
 has  scored at  least one third-period goal  in each of its last 17 victories,
 dating  back to  a 2-1 shootout triumph  over Toronto on Nov. 13 ... The 0-5-1
 road  skid  is Edmonton's longest  since an 0-7-1  stretch from Jan. 3-Feb. 8,
 2012  ... Pominville, the  Wild's leader with 19 goals this season, had gone a
 season-long  six-game  span without one  ... Eberle  has recorded 15 points (5
 goals,  10  assists) in 16  career meetings  with Minnesota ... Oilers forward
 Ales  Hemsky  sat out the game  after being hit in  the ankle by a shot during
 Tuesday's loss at Dallas.
 
 
 01/17 00:42:50 ET