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Jacques robbed

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- J-F Jacques didn't get much sleep before Thursday's contest and was probably tossing and turning all night after it.

The Edmonton Oilers forward had the game on his stick in the third period, but was robbed by Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding in a 4-2 loss.

HEAD-FIRST

Harding dove head-first across his net and snagged a shot to keep the game level at 2-2. Guillaume Latendresse went on to score the eventual game winner shortly after.

"I was just trying to shoot it as hard as I could," Jacques said. "Let's put it this way, that's probably going to be the save of the year, one of the top five for sure.

"It was a good reaction by him to come across and get a glove on it."

Harding who had returned to the lineup Thursday was re-injured on the play. He had to leave the game and was replaced by Anton Khudobin, who had just been called up by the Wild from their AHL affiliate in Houston that morning.

"That was a sensational save," said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. "For a few minutes we thought that the glove might actually be inside the net over the line. It sure would have been nice to get that one to go up 3-2. But that's been the story of a lot of our games. We don't do it and we waste in a way a good effort."

Prior to the save on Jacques, the Oilers had battled back twice against the Wild.

Sam Gagner scored in the first to erase a 1-0 deficit, then Marc Pouliot tied the game 2-2 with his marker in the third period.

TYING GAME

Pouliot created the opportunity shortly after tying the game, driving wide and throwing the puck on the net. Harding turned the effort aside but the rebound fell to Jacques in front.

"That's an unbelievable save," said Gagner. "Talking to Jacques, there's nothing else he can do on that play, he just has to try and get it upstairs on the open side and (Harding) makes a great save on him.

"We had a lot of chances and we failed to convert. But the fact that we're created those chances is going to give us some confidence moving forward."

Harding finished the game with 21 saves on the night, but it's unlikely he'll be able to play Saturday when the Wild host the Philadelphia Flyers.

"That's a highlight reel save," said Wild head coach Todd Richards. "You have to give Josh so much credit for going in. It says a lot about him as a person and as a player. It speaks volumes about his character."

Notes ... The Oilers have sent Devan Dubnyk back to Springfield and recalled Bryan Pitton from Stockton of the ECHL. In order for Dubnyk to be able to play in the AHL during the Olympic break, he needs to play more games down in Springfield, which was the reason the Oilers sent him down.


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