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ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

ST. PAUL -- As difficult as it's been for the Edmonton Oilers to score goals against the Minnesota Wild this season, they can't afford to have pucks they do manage to coax across the goal line waved off.

But that's exactly what happened at the Xcel Energy Center last night as the Oilers got the St. Paul shaft from off-ice officials on a disallowed goal by Michael Peca against the Wild, who don't need any help choking the offence out of opposing teams.

SIXTH LOSS IN EIGHT GAMES THIS SEASON

The blown call on the review didn't cost the Oilers two points, but they'll tell you it was worth at least one as the Wild beat them for the sixth time in eight tries this season with a 2-1 shootout win on a goal by Brian Rolston.

With an assist from the booth ...

"It's disappointing," understated Peca. "I don't know how everything transpired, but after the next period started the referee said the league had called and said it was, in fact, a goal.

"It's inexcusable for a league of our stature not to have video capabilities to see the replay. If our coaches can see it and the league can't, I don't understand that."

In a good old-fashioned goaltending battle between former Minnesota netmates Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson, the Wild came out on top thanks to a goal by Stephane Veilleux and Rolston's heroics.

But it was the shorthanded goal by Peca early in the second period that didn't count that was the story.

"It's unacceptable," steamed Ethan Moreau. "Somebody should be accountable, just like we are. That's horrible. It cost us a point and it might cost us a place in the standings at the end of the year."

In what seemed like a frustrating replay of games past, the Oilers had most of the play and the best chances early in this one, but the Wild got the all-important first goal.

"You just try to score first and take a lead," Sergei Samsonov said of the Oilers early push. "They don't give you a lot of chances, so you really have to bear down on the ones you get.

"They play that patient style and I think the biggest thing you have to do is stay patient as well."

Minnesota turned a giveaway by Chris Pronger into a 1-0 lead at 14:55 in when Veilleux deflected Marc Chouinard's shot behind Roloson. Not the start the Oilers wanted or needed.

"We want to finish strong and get some wins," said Marian Gaborik, stopped by Roloson in the shootout. "Some guys are battling for jobs and stuff, obviously. You want to end things on a good note for the fans. They've supported us the whole time, so we want to finish the best we can."

BANGED IN HIS OWN REBOUND

Ryan Smyth evened up the score shorthanded when he roared around Rolston and banged in his own rebound past Fernandez 36 seconds into the second. Then came the review-gone-wrong.

On every replay shown in the press box, it was clear from the overhead angle Peca's shot had crossed the goal line before Fernandez knocked it back across the line with the paddle of his stick.

Somehow, officials in the booth didn't see it that way and said so while on the phone to NHL officials in Toronto. By the time the decision-makers in Hogtown did see it, the puck had dropped and it was no goal.

Neither Fernandez nor Roloson gave anything else up the rest of the way and in overtime. Samsonov got Edmonton's only goal in the shootout, while Mikko Koivu and Rolston put pucks behind Roloson.

"It's ridiculous," said Moreau. "There's no excuse for it."

AROUND THE RINK: Steve Staios left the game in the third period and did not return ... Georges Laraque, Rem Murray, Matt Greene, Brad Winchester, Ty Conklin and Igor Ulanov were the scratches.


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