The Minnesota Wild got their third win in four games on Sunday, as their offense came alive for a second time in three games. The Wild got past the Edmonton Oilers by a 4-2 score, helping goaltender Niklas Backstrom record his ninth win of the season. Backtrom has never lost a home game against the Oilers in his entire NHL career.
Minnesota got a rare goal from Jared Spurgeon to start things off, and didn’t strike again until the third period. The Wild got goals from Mikko Koivu, Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley in the third period to get the win. Koivu’s goal was his first in seven games and he also added two assists to hang on to the team’s points lead (17). Coyle got the second goal of his young NHL career and also added an assists. Heatley remains the hottest player on the team with three goals in three games. He scored twice in Thursday’s win over the Phoenix Coyotes and now has eight goals and 12 points on the season. Special teams play continues to improve for the Wild as well as they have now scored a power play goal in three of their last four games. Their penalty kill has also been perfect in their last three games and has allowed just one goal while playing a man down in their last seven games.
The Wild are now second in the Northwest Division and holding on to the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings. If their offense continues to score three or more goals per game while their defense and goaltending continue to thrive, they should be headed to the playoffs for the first time in five years.