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Talbot helps Wild to win seventh in a row, Oilers to third in a row


EDMONTON – Cam Talbot made 38 saves and the Minnesota Wild won their seventh straight game, 4-1 against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin and Zuccarello carpet each has two assists for Minnesota (18-6-1), which has an eight-game streak with one point (7-0-1).

“It was an intense game, we expected that coming into this building against a team that didn’t have the game they wanted, the last game [5-1 loss to Los Angeles Kings on Sunday]”Said Talbot.” We knew they were going to come out strong, and they did, and we weathered the storm and came out on top. I can’t say enough about how we closed the game. You don’t want to have lulls in the game but give the guys some credit they just found a way to fight and win the hockey game. “

Jesse puljujarvi marked, and Mikko Koskinen made 22 saves for Edmonton (16-8-0), which has lost three straight games.

“It’s a team that obviously feels it and I think we got off to a better start,” Oilers center Connor mcdavid noted. “We were in control in the first quarter there, and kind of a call out there and they score on the power play. This is how it goes. to find ourselves down 2-0 after the first one, we probably deserved a little better than that. I liked our response in the second and obviously couldn’t complete the feedback. “

Talbot was making his first start in Edmonton since leaving the Oilers after four seasons (2015-19).

“I went back to this building a few times, but never took the start,” said Talbot. “It’s good, this place will always have a place in our hearts, we started our family here and it was a great building to play in and I still have a lot of great friends here. It’s one of those things you look forward to coming back here every time, and it’s even more fun when you score a big win. “

Eriksson Ek scored on the power play 1:11 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead. He rebounded off the goal strip on a Zuccarello shot and thrust the puck past Koskinen.

Video: MIN @ EDM: Eriksson Ek marks PPG in 1st period

Marcus Foligno made it 2-0 at 7:14, converting a pass through the cross Matt Dumba on a 3-on-2 rush.

“We had a lot more energy tonight, we had a lot more determination and battle to go to the net,” said Oilers coach Dave Tippett. “We weren’t rewarded for it, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

Puljujarvi reduced the score to 2-1 at 6:34 of the second period, converting a pass past McDavid, who recovered his own rebound on a sharp angle shot and went around the net.

The Oilers outscored the Wild 20-6 in the second period and had two power plays, but failed to score. The Oilers were 0-for-5 on the power play and the Wild 1-for-2.

“We’ve had a few chances but we’re not capitalizing as much as we did at the start of the year,” said Tippett. “You have to keep fighting. We’re still getting a few more stares, and sometimes the puck goes in the net probably more than they should, and sometimes they don’t go in as much as they should. Tonight was one of those nights we didn’t have enough around the net. “

Video: MIN @ EDM: Puljujarvi buries McDavid’s pass in front

Victor Rask increased the lead to 3-1 at 5:33 of the third period, converting a cross pass from Brodin. Zuccarello also collected an assist, his 300th in the NHL.

Dmitry Kulikov scored in a breakaway at 14:57 for the 4-1 final.

“We’re a confident bunch right now,” Kulikov said. “We came out strong, took a two-goal lead, then our penalty kill helped and Talbot was strong in the net. we managed to get him to run in the third period because we knew we hadn’t done our best in the second. “

REMARKS: Minnesota tied its third longest winning streak. He won 12 in a row from December 4 to 29, 2016 and nine in a row from March 8 to 24, 2007.… The savage attacker Kirill Kaprizov got an assist to extend his point streak to six games (four goals, eight assists). … the Oilers ahead Devin Shore had two hits at 9:20 after missing 13 games with a lower body injury. … McDavid has scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last nine games.