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 Post subject: Mikko Koivus shootout goal lifts Wild to
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - With his best player about to take his turn in Arrelious Benn Jersey the shootout and the game on the line, Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was asked how sure he was that Mikko Koivu would come through."I wasn't sure at all," Lemaire said with a smile. "I was looking for the next guy."At that point, Lemaire thought the game might go on forever. That's just the way it is in a game against two teams that are so evenly matched.Koivu's shootout goal lifted the Wild to a testy 3-2 victory Blake Bortles Jersey over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. He skated in on Dwayne Roloson's right side and slipped the puck through the five-hole after teammates Antti Miettinen, Marek Zidlicky and Brent Burns all failed to score.Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout to help the Wild to their ninth straight victory over the Oilers at Xcel Energy Center.Miettinen and Eric Belanger scored in regulation for the Wild, who started Cam Robinson Jersey the day tied with Edmonton for the last playoff spot in the West."The teams are so equal, especially in our conference," Lemaire said. "We're all there. So when we play each other, it's going to be intense, close games."Roloson made 37 saves in regulation for the Oilers, including one on a breakaway from Belanger with 51 seconds left in overtime, to rebound from a miserable performance against Detroit on Saturday.But Sam Gagner, Robert Nil son, Ales Hemsky and Tom Gilbert all were stuffed in the shootout before Koivu's game-winner.Sheldon Souray and Gagner scored for the Oilers, who were blitzed 8-3 in Detroit. Roloson didn't make it to the second period, allowing five goals on 16 shots - three in the first 5:44 - to the high-flying Red A J Cann Jersey Wings.

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