Edmonton beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and St. Louis Blues before the All-Star break, then returned to action with a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers in a fight-filled contest at Rexall Place on Wednesday.
A wild brawl broke out late in the game, resulting in 164 of the game’s 198 penalty minutes. All 12 players on the ice received fighting majors and 10 of them, including Edmonton goalie Ty Conklin, were given game misconducts.
“We came out of the (All-Star) break and played really well, moved the puck well and did a lot of things well,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. “A brawl like that always brings a team together.
“Everybody’s leaving the rink feeling good about themselves tonight.”
Edmonton is winless in its last four road games, but has had plenty of success in Minnesota.
The Oilers are 7-0-1-1 in their nine visits to Xcel Energy Center, and are 13-1-4-2 all-time against the Wild.
Minnesota also won its last two games before the All-Star break, but lost 3-1 at home to the Los Angeles Kings in its first game back on Tuesday.
The Wild, struggling to regain their playoff form from a year ago, missed a big chance to make up some crucial ground in the standings. Minnesota is tied with Edmonton for 10th place in the Western Conference.
“It’s a tough loss, there’s no doubt,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “When you don’t win the games you should, it gets more difficult, and this was a big game tonight. We weren’t as sharp as we could be.”
STANDINGS (through Feb. 11): Oilers - 55 points, 4th place (tied), 19 PB, Northwest Division. Wild - 55 points, 4th place (tied), 19 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Torres, 17 goals; Radek Dvorak, 25 assists; Mike York, 37 points; Scott Ferguson, 75 PIM. Wild - Alexandre Daigle, 12 goals; Andrew Brunette, 24 assists and 34 points; Matt Johnson, 129 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 11): Oilers - Power play: 10.9 percent (26 for 239), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.3 percent (204 for 254), 28th. Wild - Power play: 14.1 percent (32 for 227), 25th. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (173 for 203), 9th.
SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 2-1-2.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 2; Oilers, 2-1. At St. Paul, Minn., Ryan Smyth scored a short-handed goal nine seconds into the third period as the Oilers ended the Wild’s franchise-record unbeaten streak at nine games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 8-12-5-1 on the road; Wild - 11-11-6-1 at home.