The Oilers’ winning streak ends at three after losing to Wild

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists to extend his best scoring streak to 10 games and Joel Eriksson Ek added a goal and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win the Minnesota Wild Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Kaprizov has scored in four straight games after scoring his 14th goal this season. He also has nine straight games with one assist and 10 goals and 11 assists in his last 16 games.

Frederick Gaudreau, Sam Steel and Mats Zuccarello also scored for Minnesota, which has won four of five. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl extended the scoring streak for Edmonton, who had won three straight games. Klim Kostin scored his first goal of the season for the Oilers.

Draisaitl opened the top scorer with his 16th goal in the first third, scoring for the fourth time in a row. McDavid scored in his third straight game, tying with Dallas’ Jason Robertson for the league lead at 19.

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Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots for the Oilers.

Minnesota took two early penalties, a difficult task against Edmonton’s sixth-ranked power-play unit.

The Wild killed the first, but Draisaitl hit from a wide angle on the second power play and fired before Fleury could get over the crease on the cross-ice pass.

The power play was important for both teams. Three of the first four goals in the game came from a man surplus.

Edmonton finished 1 of 3 on the power play. Minnesota, coming into play with the league’s 13th power play, was 2 of 3.

Eriksson Ek scored in the second third by just 1:51 men and equalized the game for the 1st. Kaprizov’s first shot went wide and ricocheted off the end boards straight at Eriksson Ek.

McDavid had the first equal goal of the game for an Oilers lead, but the Wild scored twice before the end of the period. Gaudreau’s go-ahead goal was his fourth of the season with 6:01 in the second.

After the early penalties, Minnesota took action on Edmonton’s explosive offense. The Oilers had just 10 shots in two periods and were shot wide in the game 30-21.


Oilers: Return home against Montreal on Saturday.

Wild: Host Anaheim on Saturday.

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