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McDavid lifts Oilers over Wild

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- For a team like the Minnesota Wild, for which the playoffs are far from a sure thing and every point counts, games such as Thursday's are potentially crushing to any postseason plans.Connor McDavid's goal in the latter half o...

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - For a team like the Minnesota Wild, for which the playoffs are far from a sure thing and every point counts, games such as Thursday’s are potentially crushing to any postseason plans.
Connor McDavid’s goal in the latter half of the third period gave the Edmonton Oilers a 2-1 victory over the Wild.
The Oilers won for just the fourth time in their past 26 meetings with the Wild.
Lauri Korpikoski scored an early goal for Edmonton, which got 29 saves from Cam Talbot en route to its second victory in three games and fifth in the last seven.
“It is a real good feeling. I’m proud of the group tonight,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “Scrappy effort right from minute one on through. There were a lot of positive things for us in the game tonight, our penalty kill was very good.”
The Wild (31-27-10) got a goal from Zach Parise, but they remain two points back of the Colorado Avalanche in the quest for the final playoff spot in the West with 14 games to play. With Devan Dubnyk sidelined by an illness, Darcy Kuemper got the start in goal for the Wild and had 23 saves as Minnesota lost its second consecutive home game.
“We’re still in a good spot with games in hand, but we’ve got to take advantage of that,” Kuemper said, acknowledging Minnesota’s chase of the Colorado Avalanche, who have won three of their last four. “The games just keep ticking away, so you don’t want to let points slip away, but they’re not going to make it easy on us, and we have to grab as many as we can.”
The game was tied 1-1 with less than eight minutes to play when McDavid - last summer’s top draft pick - sailed up the left side of the ice. Fighting off a check from Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, McDavid got off a rising shot that glanced off Kuemper’s left arm and bounced into the net. It was the 14th goal of the season for McDavid, who has averaged better than a point per game in his 33 rookie-season outings.

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