Ryan Hartman has hat trick on 5-point night, Wild beat McDavid-less Oilers 7-4
Wed, Oct 25, 2023
NHL News (AP)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ryan Hartman scored three goals as part of a career-high-tying five-point game, and the Minnesota Wild scored five times in the final period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Tuesday night.
It was Edmonton's first game without captain and three-time MVP Connor McDavid, who suffered an upper-body injury Saturday and is expected to miss a week or two.
Hartman recorded his first hat trick since Jan. 8, 2017, converting a feed from Jake Middleton for a short-handed tally and a 6-4 lead with 4:10 left. He got his second goal 38 seconds into the third period.
Joel Eriksson Ek and Mats Zuccarello also scored in third for the Wild before Marcus Foligno added an empty-netter. Marco Rossi and Hartman scored in the first period for Minnesota, and Filip Gustavsson finished with 25 saves.
Warren Foegele scored twice, and Evan Bouchard and Evander Kane also scored for the Oilers.
Hartman's goal early in the third tied the game at 3-all. Zuccarello scored from the slot at 6:48 and Eriksson Ek made a quick backhand-to-forehand move at 10:28 to make it 5-3.
Edmonton was 1 for 5 on the power play after entering with the fifth-best success rate in the league at 30% through six games. That goal came from Kane on a redirect with just over seven minutes left to get the Oilers within 5-4.
Edmonton's Jack Campbell made 24 saves, including a sprawling, reaching-back-with-his-stick second-period save to rob Pat Maroon after a perfect pass across from Kaprizov, who finished with three assists.
Minnesota has won nine of the past 10 meetings with Edmonton.
Over the past couple days, Edmonton coach Jay Woodcraft has emphasized McDavid's absence is an opportunity for other players to step up.
Kane's goal was his first of the year, Foegele is now up to three and Bouchard two.
A slap shot from Bouchard went into the net 54 seconds into the game, the quickest goal by an Oilers defenseman since Jeff Petry scored 32 seconds into a game Feb. 3, 2014. But Edmonton failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage less than two minutes later.
Rossi scored on a redirection midway through the period for Minnesota, before Foegele and Hartman scored on rebounds 34 seconds apart late in the frame to make it 2-2.
Foegele beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot from the slot 33 seconds into the second period.
FINAL FRAME FIZZLE
Edmonton has been outscored 10-1 in the third period this season. However, the Oilers entered the night second in the league with seven first-period goals.
Oilers: Begin a four-game homestand Thursday night against the New York Rangers.
Wild: At Philadelphia on Thursday night.
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