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Joffrey Lupul and Marc-Andre Bergeron score to help Oilers beat 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 defenceman 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.

Edmonton emerged with a 1-0 lead from a first period most notable for players heading to the training room. Four members of the Wild – Keith Carney, Todd White, Mark Parrish and Kurtis Foster – had to be helped from the ice in the first 11 minutes.

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Carney returned briefly but his playing time was limited due to back spasms. White and Foster did not play the rest of the game due to lower-body injuries. Parrish, who took Raffi Torres’ high stick to the face, returned in the second period.

After Edmonton killed nearly a minute of 5-on-3 power-play time early in the second, Bergeron doubled the lead with a hard shot from the blue-line that caught the lower left corner of the net.

Notes: The Wild assigned Joel Ward to Houston of the AHL. The rookie right wing had played in the team’s previous three games without recording a point. Ward has one assist in nine games with Minnesota this season. … Edmonton defenceman Steve Staios did not travel to Minnesota, missing his fourth consecutive game with the flu and a nagging knee injury.