Final

Series (Game 7 of 8)

Minnesota leads 5-3

Game 1: Wednesday, October 10th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 25th
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Game 3: Monday, November 5th
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Game 4: Thursday, November 15th
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Game 5: Saturday, December 29th
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Game 6: Tuesday, February 12th
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Game 7: Monday, March 24th
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Game 8: Wednesday, March 26th
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Wild 3

(40-28-9, 89 pts)

Oilers 5

(39-33-5, 83 pts)

9:30 PM ET, March 24, 2008

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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MIN 1 1 13
EDM 3 2 05

A. Cogliano (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Roloson (Oilers - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .912

K. Brodziak (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Oilers chalk up sixth win in last seventh games, jump up to ninth in West

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Coach Craig MacTavish isn't worried that time is running out on the Edmonton Oilers' quest to get the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Andrew Cogliano scored two goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Curtis Glencross, Dustin Penner and Kyle Brodziak also scored for Edmonton. Nick Schultz, Sean Hill and Todd Fedoruk scored for Minnesota.

It was the sixth win in their past seven games and 12th in their past 15 for the Oilers, who passed idle Nashville into ninth place in the Western Conference. They remained three points back of Colorado.

"The bottom line is that it could be anybody that falls," MacTavish said. "These are tough games. If somebody goes on a stretch in the last five games where they only win a game, then even the top teams are vulnerable. It's unlikely but this whole thing has smacked of unlikeliness right from the outset. Something strange is going to happen."

The Wild have lost three of their past four, but stayed in the Northwest Division lead.

Edmonton got off to a fast start, scoring three goals on its first four shots on Minnesota goalie Nicklas Backstrom.

"It was another real solid game," Oilers' Steve Staios said. "We just keep going. We have to be really happy with that effort, that was a really good team that we played today. We got some goals early and took away their momentum."

Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson is also impressed with his team's play down the stretch.

"Especially with the experience we have in here," he said. "We have a lot of young guys and they are playing unbelievable. They are playing like veterans. It's a breath of fresh air when we come in here and they are all excited."

The Oilers opened the scoring 2 minutes in as Wild defender Martin Skoula pushed Edmonton's Zack Stortini into Backstrom, giving Glencross a goal into an open net.

Edmonton made it 2-0 at 4:44 as the Wild got caught on a bad change, giving up a two-on-one break. Robert Nilsson passed to Cogliano, who outwaited Backstrom as he slid across the crease.

Just 18 seconds later, it was 3-0 as Ales Hemsky passed to Penner and he fought off Brent Burns before putting home a backhand goal.

Josh Harding came in to replace Backstrom.

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was not pleased with his team's performance.

"It didn't look good eh?" he said. "It didn't look good from behind the bench either. We were not ready to play. Period. Not ready to play. We played a little bit in the third because some of the guys were upset and they had to do something.

"We probably had the record for turning the puck over tonight. I didn't count it but we probably had the record."

The Wild caught a break just 39 seconds after Penner's goal as Schultz's point shot went off defenseman Ladislav Smid and past Roloson.

Edmonton went ahead 4-1 four minutes into the second as Harding made a poor clearing attempt. Brodziak intercepted and finished off his 14th goal.

A minute later, it was a two-goal game again as Wild defenseman Hill sent a shot from the point that found the net.

But Edmonton continued to pressure and made it 5-2 before the midway point of the period as Sam Gagner made a great feed in front to Cogliano, who snuck his second of the game between Harding's skate and the post on the backhand.

Minnesota scored 7 1/2 minutes into the third just as a power play expired when Fedoruk tipped a Skoula point shot past Roloson.

Game notes


It was the seventh meeting between the teams. The Wild led the series 4-2 coming in. .... Minnesota forward Mark Parrish dressed after being a healthy scratch the two previous games after being held scoreless in his past nine games. ... Pavol Demitra sat out. ... Wild center Eric Belanger, who suffered a broken toe March 7 in Atlanta, made his return to the lineup.

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