Oilers 2, Wild 1

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Joffrey Lupul and Marc-Andre Bergeron each scored a power-play goal, and the Edmonton Oilers held off the Minnesota Wild 2-1.

The Oilers, who have the NHL’s best penalty-kill unit on the road, held Minnesota scoreless in six power plays to snap a seven-game losing streak against Northwest Division opponents. The Wild, who led the league in home wins for much of the season’s first three months, have lost three in a row at home.

Lupul scored late in the first, bouncing a shot off Wild defenseman Martin Skoula and past goalie Manny Fernandez. Bergeron scored on a long shot in the second period as the Oilers won a division game for the first time since beating Minnesota 3-1 on Dec. 14.

Wes Walz got Minnesota’s goal on its 25th shot, snapping a low shot past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson with just less than eight minutes left.

Roloson stopped 28 shots – including a glove save of Skoula’s blast with 8.4 seconds to play – to beat his old team for the third time since coming to Edmonton in a trade with Minnesota last March.

Fernandez had 16 saves for the Wild.

AP-ES-01-16-07 2237EST

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