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It got spanked 6-1.
"I don't think anyone knows what happened," Minnesota forward Kyle Brodziak said. "We're fighting for our lives now."
Minnesota enters today's season finale at Colorado tied with Columbus for eighth in the Western Conference with 53 points, one behind Detroit. Minnesota owns the tiebreaker with Columbus, which also ends its regular season today, and can secure a postseason spot with a win.
If Detroit gets a point in its season finale tonight against Dallas, and Columbus wins and Minnesota loses, the Wild would be eliminated.
"We have a Game 7 (today)," Wild forward Matt Cullen said. "This is where you show what you're made of. This is what careers are made on."
Corey Potter, who scored 27 seconds into the game, and Nail Yakupov both had two goals for the Oilers, who won for the second time in 11 games and will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
The Wild, on a 1-4 slide, outshot the Oilers 39-17. Goalie Niklas Backstrom was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots and replaced by Josh Harding, who hadn't played since Feb. 7 after he developed complications from his multiple sclerosis medication.
Game highlights: The Islanders moved from eighth to sixth in the East by getting a point from a 2-1 shootout loss to the host Sabres in the regular-season finale for both teams. New York, which lost its second straight, leads the Rangers and Senators by one point, 55-54, but the Rangers have one game left and Ottawa two.
Around the league: Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time since having his jaw broken by a shot March 30. He wore a protective face mask. His status for next week's playoff opener is uncertain. … Despite a lockout that kept the season from opening until January and generated bad feelings among fans, teams are filling their buildings to 97.4 percent of capacity and TV ratings are up considerably, commissioner Gary Bettman told an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting in New York. … Tim Leiweke, brother of Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke, was hired as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs. Tim, 56, was president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Kings, for 17 years before leaving in March.
First Period—1, Edmonton, Potter 2 (Smyth, Eberle), :27. 2, Edmonton, Hall 16, 8:02. 3, Edmonton, Potter 3 (Eberle, Gagner), 18:38. Penalties—Brown, Edm, major (fighting), :02; Konopka, Min, major (fighting), :02; Smid, Edm (holding), 8:18.
Second Period—4, Edmonton, Eberle 14 (Smyth, Gagner), 4:09. 5, Edmonton, Yakupov 13 (Hall), 10:13. 6, Edmonton, Yakupov 14 (Hall, Smid), 13:55. Penalties—Petry, Edm (holding), 16:38.
Third Period—7, Minnesota, Koivu 11 (Coyle), 9:42. Penalties—Rupp, Min, served by Bouchard, minor-misconduct (roughing), 14:11; Konopka, Min, served by Setoguchi, minor-misconduct (roughing), 14:11. Shots on Goal—Edmonton 5-9-3—17. Minnesota 15-13-11—39. Power-play opportunities—Edmonton 0 of 2; Minnesota 0 of 2. Goalies—Edmonton, Khabibulin 4-6-1 (39 shots-38 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 23-15-3 (5-2), Harding (18:38 first, 12-9).
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First Period—None. Penalties—Weber, Buf (interference), 8:41; Strait, NYI (interference), 13:02; Boulton, NYI, misconduct, 20:00; Scott, Buf, misconduct, 20:00.
Second Period—1, Buffalo, Flynn 6 (Vanek), 3:29. Penalties—Strait, NYI (delay game), 3:48; Stafford, Buf (roughing), 4:42; Ennis, Buf (roughing), 4:42; Carkner, NYI, served by Aucoin, minor-major (elbow, fighting), 12:03; Scott, Buf, major (fighting), 12:03.
Third Period—2, NYI, Aucoin 6 (MacDonald), 7:26. Penalties—None.
OT —None. Penalties—Porter, Buf (hooking), 1:25. Shootout—NYI 0 (Nielsen NG, Boyes NG, Tavares NG), Buffalo 1 (Vanek G, Stafford NG, Hecht NG). Shots on Goal—NYI 9-9-8-5—31. Buffalo 10-5-6-1—22. Power-play opportunities—NYI 0 of 4; Buffalo 0 of 3. Goalies—NYI, Nabokov 23-11-7 (22 shots-21 saves). Buffalo, Miller 17-17-5 (31-30).
First Period—1, Chi, Kane 23 (Sharp, Keith), 9:34. 2, Chi, Toews 23 (Saad, Hossa), 13:02. Penalties—None.
Second Period—3, Calgary, Butler 1 (Stempniak, Street), 10:43 (sh). Penalties—Jones, Cal (hook), 9:55.
Third Period—4, Chi, Kruger 4, 7:06. Penalties—Giordano, Cal (hook), 13:52. Shots on Goal—Calgary 5-13-8—26. Chi 13-12-13—38. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 0; Chi 0 of 2. Goalies—Calgary, MacDonald 8-9-1 (38 shots-35 saves). Chi, Crawford 19-5-5 (26-25).