St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Corey Potter scored twice in a three-goal
first period which sent Niklas Backstrom to the bench, and Edmonton wrecked
Minnesota's playoff-clinching party with a 6-1 decision at Xcel Energy Center.
Backstrom was pulled after giving up three goals on five shots in the
first 18:38 of regulation, including one to Taylor Hall. Josh Harding fared
little better in relief, allowing three more scores on 12 shots for the
remainder of the contest.
Nail Yakupov also lit the lamp on two occasions for the Oilers, who played
spoiler thanks to their second win in the last 11 games.
Jordan Eberle added a goal and two assists to back a 38-save effort by Nikolai
Mikko Koivu provided the lone offense for the Wild, who simply needed to win
in order to gain their first postseason berth since 2008.
Minnesota can still lock up a playoff berth with a win in Denver on Saturday.
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