Dany Heatleys late heroics force overtime, Wild edge Oilers in shootout
The Edmonton Oilers were two seconds away from notching a rare win over the Wild, but Dany Heatley forced overtime and Minnesota went on to win the shootout round to claim a 2-1 victory Thursday night at Rexall Place. Minnesota winger Heatley pounded home a wrister from 10 feet past Nikolai Khabibulin for the tying goal and Matt Cullen scored the game-winner in the first round of the shootout.
Edmonton, AB, United States
October 21, 2011 11:35 am EDT
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The Edmonton Oilers were two seconds away from notching a rare win over the Wild, but Dany Heatley forced overtime and Minnesota went on to win the shootout round to claim a 2-1 victory Thursday night at Rexall Place.
With Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom off for an extra attacker, Heatley pounded home a wrister from 10 feet past Nikolai Khabibulin for the tying goal and Matt Cullen scored the game-winner in the first round of the shootout.
Backstrom, who finished with 30 saves, helped the Wild survive overtime by thwarting shots by Ryan Smyth, Chris Potter and Jordan Eberle.
In the shootout, Backstrom stopped Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, while Eric Belanger missed with his attempt to seal the win by Minnesota (3-2-2)
Minnesota, coming off a 4-2 home loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday, its fourth setback in five contests, was facing the Oilers for the second time this season. The Wild posted a 2-1 shootout victory at home over the Oilers a week ago.
Thursday’s triumph extended the Wild’s current winning streak in their series with Edmonton to eight straight.
The Wild, who entered the Thursday tilt at 4-6-1 in their last 11 trips to Edmonton, have won four in a row at the Oilers’ home ice.
Edmonton, which fell to 2-2-2 on the season, got a goal from Ryan Jones in the opening stanza.
Khabibulin made 30 saves in defeat.
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